Tough Guy 2012

True fact: I’m thinking about running in one of those Warrior Dash/Tough Mudder races this year. Why? I dunno. I think it’s out of boredom combined with the challenge, mixed with the feeling that deep down inside I would like to be more of a manly man and looking like the guy above is one way to do that.

Anyway, The Atlantic has a photoset of the Tough Guy race in England, which is revered as the mother of all tough guy races.

Billed as “the toughest race in the world,” the Tough Guy 2012 competition took place yesterday in Perton, England. Every year, thousands of men and women tackle the course, which is described on the Tough Guy website as eight country miles filled with freezing mud and “barbed wire, cuts, scrapes, burns, dehydration, hypothermia, acrophobia, claustrophobia, electric shocks, sprains, twists, joint dislocation and broken bones.” Gathered here are some images of the fun had by the tough competitors in this year’s event.

Normally, I would say I’m going to dress up like that, however, that would just be comical. Even when I try to look like a banshee from hell, I just end up looking like a dork. Maybe you have to finish one of these races before you can look like the guy above. Something tells me he just lives inside a cesspool of mud inside the course and comes out of hibernation once per year.

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