Brant Davis checks to see if the decking on Mount Everest, a 10-and-a-half-foot quarter pike obstacle, is level Monday afternoon. Mount Everest is one of 25 obstacles participants will be asked to conquer as part of the Tough Mudder Challenge to be hosted Oct. 8-9 on the Missouri State Fairgrounds. The event does not promote individual results but instead focuses on teamwork and the camaraderie that develops between the participants, according to Bryan Cooper, a member of the set-up crew on hand at the fairgrounds.
Brett Halsema-Cadwaller works to position the bracing under Mount Everest, an obstacle being set up for the Tough Mudder competition, on the Missouri State Fairgrounds. Workers said they expected this obstacle would take eight hours to build. Twenty-five obstacles, including a Mini Mudder course, will be built on the Fairgrounds for the event.
Cory Burns, left, and Brad Franklin work to secure the plywood to the upper metal decking Monday afternoon on Mount Everest. The half pike will eventually be covered with a laminate covering similar to bathroom tub surrounds, creating a slick surface for participants to scale. Add to that the mud and water the Tough Mudder is known for and participants will have a challenge to get over the obstacle. “It’s a combination of running and jumping that is necessary to get over the wall,” Bryan Cooper said. “You’ll see people once they get up waiting to grab hold of another contestant to help pull them up. That’s what it’s all about, helping others.”
Bryan Cooper, Brett Halsema-Cadwaller, Brad Franklin and Cory Burns work to raise the lower bracing on the half pike obstacle, Mount Everest, Monday afternoon. The four men were part of a six-man crew to construct many of the 25 obstacles as part of the Tough Mudder Challenge on the Missouri State Fairgrounds. The event will be hosted Oct. 8 and 9 and is expected to see more than 5,000 participants from across the United States compete.
Brad Franklin secures the bottom decking on Mount Everest Monday afternoon near the Trail’s End Monument on the Missouri State Fairgrounds. With obstacles named “Funky Monkey,” “Block Ness Monster,” “Rain Man,” “Electo Shock” and “King of Swingers,” the estimated 5,000 participants will have a number of obstacles to challenge their athletic skills. The crew on hand Monday said participants in the event range from 18 to 60 years of age, and many of them are repeat participants.