She screamed with trepidation as she jumped into the waist-deep mud pit. One shoe in her hand and the other stuck in mud, 25-year-old Swati Khandelwal from Mumbai picked herself up with great difficulty and cut through the forest for the next obstacle. “How many……. more?” she asked the support staff, her shallow breath interrupted the flow of speech. “2 more to go, the finish line is near,” said one of them. She paused for a bit, drew a few long breaths and walked slowly towards the finish line. “I’ve never seen her push herself like this before without any help from others,” remembers Utkarsh, a fellow participant and Swati’s friend whom I met at Mud Rush 2013 held in Kolad, Maharashtra.
As it turned out, similar stories of determination stood out from the event, which was essentially a 7-km military-style obstacle race that took jabs at your endurance threshold. Thereafter, a realisation followed: When people face a flight or fight situation, they can do incredible things. That’s the central idea behind this concept, explains Jay Goradia. “We believe that participation is winning, finishing is winning. Lots of people come to us and say we never thought we could do this, but when they get to it, they do it,” says Director Marketing, The Mud Rush Adventurous Pvt Ltd, Jay Goradia.
This year too, Mud Rush is organising another adrenaline-packed 5-km obstacle race alongside the scenic Dudhani Lake in Silvassa. The press note of the event says, “It is an all-terrain, marathon-style mud run stretched across 5+kms circuit with 20+ challenging obstacles thrown in your way. These obstacle encompass 30-foot stacks of hay, water bodies, barrier walls, 100 feet stretches of tires, 45 degree hills, fire, ice, and, of course, a whole lot of Mud.” The previous two editions of Mud Rush were held in equally scenic places in Kolad, Maharashtra and Pune’s Jadhavgarh fort.
“Dudhani Lake is still untouched so this entire run will happen along the lake, hence it will offer an amazing view while you run. With more proximity to the water this run is bound to be muddier. The new course will have many more bigger and meaner obstacles like the double ditch, to the monkey bar with hanging handles, the live wire, and many more,” says Goradia.
But that’s only a part of what they’re offering. After the race, participants can enjoy a post event sundowner party with homegrown renowned DJs playing Electronic Dance Music (EDM) and some special acts in between. They will also provide camping tents for both nights, including breakfast and bon fire.
A huge chunk of the event also includes wall climbing, rappelling, zip lining, bungee jumping etc.
Saturday, 8th of August 2015
Dudhani Lake, Silvassa
Participants (Run + Party) – INR 2500
Sundowner Spectator – INR 1500
Children below 10 years of age – NIL
Children between 10-16 years of age – INR 1500
Tickets available on BookMyShow