The Mud Titan 6 held on Saturday, August 27, was my 3rd Mud Titan Obstacle Course Run.
I believe the first one I ran was Mud Titan 2, and the 2nd time was Mud Titan 4.
On my first experience with Mud Titan, a few years ago, my daughter Emma and I were flabbergasted to have to pay for our run T-shirts, since a "free T" is tradition in OCR. Also I remember their wash station was a tank of water with some hoses and mostly empty after my wave.
I still came back though. Raymie and I showed up for Mud Titan 4 and there were free T's and better obstacles.
I skipped Mud Titan 5 due to a conflict with another run.
At Mud Titan 6 this past Saturday, we ran a course in serious need of repair and inspiration... but mostly repair.
The obstacles were mostly the same as Mud Titan 4, but many of these showed serious wear and tear.
- The sloped monkey bar obstacle should have had 3 working lanes, but a Mud Titan volunteer stood blocking two of those lanes because the structure was falling apart. One lane was open with the resulting bottleneck of runners.
- A pretty simple balance beam obstacle had crumbling rotted wood at the end of the beam where a runner would be expected to step before hopping off.
- An obstacle that challenged your grip strength as you hung from a narrow ledge had loose spacer boards that moved and almost fell out as I moved along the board.
- At one water station, a poor volunteer was dipping cups of water out of a cooler with his hands ... his fingers submerged in every cup he served.
- The platform where a runner would stand to start the rings/cargo net obstacle had rotted and collapsed into a swaybacked shadow of its former self. This sagging platform made just reaching the rings a challenge.
- At the finish, while their were cheerful volunteers handing out the traditional neck medalions, the water station was a garbage heap and unmanned.
There were other things that were not safety issues, but just seemed like "getting by". The slide was narrow, barely wet, and pretty much a single seater, so that caused a runner bottleneck, as did the tire wall. We probably stood for 10-15 minutes waiting to climb that.
This is not to say that it wasn't fun, just that it had a rundown feel to it.
On the positive side, the check-in was smooth, the price not exorbitant, and the volunteers all pleasant.
I'm not sure I will be back, but either way, I hope Mud Titan uses the time between races to address their sagging obstacle safety issues and rejuvenate the course.