THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Father/Daughter To Compete In Tough Mudder Obstacle Course
Issue Date: August 15, 2013
A father/daughter team consisting of Al Urbaniak of Peshtigo and his daughter, Jami Bevers of Fort Dix, New Jersey, will compete in the Tough Mudder Obstacle Course, Sept. 8 in Oshkosh. The pair are doing it to raise money for the Wounded Warrior Project.
Urbaniak, at age 72, and an Army veteran, has been vigorously training for the course for over 3 months. His daughter, Jami is a full time Active Duty Navy and has also been training.
Tough Mudder is an endurance event series in which participants attempt 10-12 mile long military-style obstacle courses. Designed by British Special Forces to test mental as well as physical strength, obstacles often play off of common human fears, such as fire, water and heights.
The organizers encourage teamwork, and many obstacles are purposefully designed so as to be very difficult to complete alone. The events are untimed, but on average only 78% of entrants successfully complete the course.
The first Tough Mudder challenge was held in the United States in 2010. In 2012, roughly 500,000 people worldwide participated in a total of 35 events, making Tough Mudder the worlds fastest growing adventure series.
The typical Tough Mudder course is 10-12 miles long and features 20-25 obstacles. Terrain type varies from course to course, natural features of the land at each venue are incorporated into the course design, resulting in a unique experience at each location.
The list of obstacles also varies from course to course, though there are several signature obstacles at almost every event, including:
Arctic Enema where participants plunge into a dumpster filled with ice water, dunk underneath a plank that crosses the dumpster, and pull themselves out on other side.
Electroshock Therapy is live wires carrying up to 10,000 volts of electricity hanging over a field of mud, which participants spring through to reach the finish line.
Funky Monkey is a set of incline and decline monkey bars that cross a pit of cold water, which participants will fall into if they lose their grip. The bars are slicked with a mixture of butter and mud to increase the difficulty.
Everest is where participants run up a quarter pipe slicked with mud and grease.
Over 1000 participants are expected in the Sept. 8 Oshkosh Course. Donations can be sent to Allen Ubaniak, N3141 Co. RW, Peshtigo, WI 54157.