The Biggest Loser Run/Walk Challenge is designed to be a non-intimidating race series to get America off the couch and moving. They have a variety of different races - 5ks, 10k, half marathons, and the off-road challenge, which is what I participated in.
After doing some research I realized that the course was the Spartan Race! I got a little intimidated but went into it to have a good time. Participating in the Biggest Loser Run/Walk Challenge allows participants to maneuver through the Spartan course, try the obstacles without paying the Spartan penalty of 30 burpees for not completing one! (We could if we wanted to though)
We got to the Georgia International Horse Park (where the race was being held), checked in and got my bib and t-shirt, and walked over to the Biggest Loser Run/Walk Challenge tent. They had a private gear check for just us as well as snacks, heaters, and private changing tents. It was nice not to have to share with the Spartans!
About 15 minutes before our heat, Dan and Jackie Evans (Season 5) and Lauren Lee (Season 13) gave us all a pep talk about what to expect from the course. They also recognized everyone that had lost weight.
|Group picture before the race!|
The first one was an easy up and over those plastic roadside baracades into ankle deep puddles of water. The next one was an under-over-under-over-under (get all that?). Then we ran down a trail and trekked through a small stream. At this point in the course we saw a paralyzed man that was making his way through. What an inspiration! He was a rockstar!
It was about this time that I made friends with some other Bigger Loser Run/Walk participants - Amanda and Brian. We stuck together for the rest of the race.
After this obstacle, I have a hard time remembering what came next. I know we did an up-over-through obstacle, and the log hops (logs sticking up from the ground that we had to make our way across). At this point of the course we got back to the spectator area and made our way up the cargo net (one of my favorite parts!)
After the tire flip we came up on some mounds of Georgia Red Clay! We climbed up to the stop and slid down into some pretty chilly water....and did it two more times! After this, we had to pull up a large cement block and let it down slowly, and then (I believe) were the monkey bars followed by a steep climb up a hill!
Some of the other obstacles included carrying a sandbag up and down a hill, getting over two 7' walls and one 8' wall, dragging a cement block down a hill and then back up, and a spear throw (I don't remember the order of these so please forgive me!)
Then, we came onto the home stretch. The first obstacle we stumbled upon was a rope climb...that started in knee deep muddy water! I don't have much upper body strength as it is, so you add the water element and it was next to impossible for me to even attempt this!
I got a few minutes to chat with Jackie, and she is so incredibly nice and inspiring. She lost over 80 pounds while on the show and has kept it off. She looks amazing! I didn't get much time to talk to Dan and Lauren but I did get a picture with the three of them.
1. Don't bring jeans to change into after the run - you will feel gritty and gross in them. Shorts are better.
2. Be prepared to throw away your socks. I saw no need to keep them!
3. Bring a towel and baby wipes - much easier to "bathe" yourself after the race
4. Wear tighter fitting clothing - cotton gets really heavy when it gets wet
5. Don't expect not to get muddy - it's awesome!
I had an absolutely amazing time at this race! Knowing that it was untimed and getting to check out the Spartan race course made it way less intimidating, especially since this was my first mud run. It did make me want to come back next year and get that Spartan medal, too! I definitely recommend checking out the Biggest Loser Run/Walk Challenge to see if there's an event near you! Jessica has already said she wants to do it next year!
Have you done a mud run? What piece of advice would you give a first timer?
Don't forget that the Season Finale of "The Biggest Loser" is Monday, March 18th! Don't miss it!
Until next time,
Disclaimer: I was given free race entry through Girls Gone Sporty and the Biggest Loser Run/Walk Challenge. I was not compensated for this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.