As the racing season begins to ramp up for us Canadians, it is nice to start with a few local, fast, flat events. We headed off to Mud Hero in Ottawa, Ontario to the excellent location at the Commando Action Centre, if you get a chance to check out their website the drone overhead shots are FAB.
Every so often you find a race that really does fit your personality. For me, it is Mud Hero, and yes, I like getting dirty, I like romping around with lots of obstacles to keep me entertained and I love a flat course so I don’t overdo it. This race returned to Commando Paintball located just outside of Ottawa.
After 5 successful years putting on fun-filled, action-packed events across Canada, Mud Hero has established its first official charity partnership with Special Olympics Canada. Event participants at Mud Hero will have the opportunity to run in support of Special Olympics Canada, fundraise and collect pledges for the charity.
365 Sports Inc. and Crazy Canuck Events have announced Tuesday, January 17th that they will be merging their efforts to bring Mud Hero to Canadians nationwide. 365 Sports Inc has acquired 52% of Crazy Canuck Events marking the largest merger in the Canadian OCR industry. Crazy Canucks has been bringing Mud Hero to adults and kids with 6km and 10km obstacle courses coast to coast. Mud Hero continues to be a favorite Canadian obstacle race series.
I anxiously jump out of bed early and check to see what the weather has in store for us; this is one of the first challenges when racing outdoors in a Canadian climate. The ideal weather is one that is not too cool so we can reduce our layers and not too hot so we can push through without the worry of dehydration. We were in luck, warm and overcast with the risk of showers later in the evening. We loaded the car and headed off to Commando Paintball in Ottawa.
Mud Hero was part two of a recent trip north to Canada. I figured I was already the country for Xman Race and decided to get as much Canadian racing experience possible in one trip. I researched Mud Hero and knew it would be a course that is designed for all levels of racers and happy to have a second race with such long distance travel involved in a weekend.
Participants were immediately faced with a deep and slippery mud pit that had people laughing and taking melfies (mud selfies). The trails were well marked and the terrain was fantastic with streams, hills and trails cutting in and out the conservation area. With over 1200 acres of woodlands, there was a lot to choose from.