FAQ

General

What makes Mudd, Sweat & Tears different from Toughmudder, Warrior Dash and Spartan Race?

Mudd, Sweat and Tears is a 10k mud obstacle run of extreme proportions. We only pick sites for a race course that are challenging to start with – ski areas at altitude with extreme slopes are our favorite. On top of the challenges that Mother Nature has provided us with, we add our signature obstacles, designed by our Army Cadets trainer.

Don’t expect to play in the mud on a parking lot. Prepare to take on Mother Nature and the Mudd, Sweat & Tears race course designers. We don’t like boring mud runs. And we don’t organize boring mud runs.

Can I get hurt?

Certainly. Though we hope you won’t get seriously hurt, there’s no legal way to complete our courses without some scratches and bruises.

What do I get for my money?

Here’s what you get when you register for a Mudd, Sweat & Tears event:

  • Event ticket
  • Mudd, Sweat & Tears participant t-shirt
  • 1 free beer (if you finish)
  • Custom Mudd, Sweat & Tears finisher medal!

Who is behind Mudd, Sweat & Tears?

Mudd, Sweat & Tears is run by an experienced team of course designers, promoters and organizers of sports events and outdoor and adventure marketing pros.

We are all athletes and racers ourselves. We know what mudd tastes like.

Check out our team page for more info on who’s behind Mudd, Sweat & Tears!

What is the Mudd, Sweat & Tears philosophy?

  • We don’t quit
  • We don’t whine
  • We take care of ourselves in order to take care of our team mates and help others
  • We treat ourselves and others with respect
  • We take every obstacle with pride
  • When we fall we get up, but first we enjoy the slide!
  • Lending a helping hand is nothing to brag about, it’s the only way to achieve something

Do I have to sign a waiver to participate?

Yes. Please check your confirmation email or the event pages for the download link.

What is the minimum age to enter a race?

The minimum age to enter the race is 13 years and up. Make sure you get your parent or legal guardian’s signature on the liability waiver you need to bring with you on race day!

Is there a maximum age to participate?

No – if you feel fit enough to complete a 10k course including Army Cadet Corps obstacles, you should.

What is Mudd, Sweat & Tears?

Mudd, Sweat & Tears is a 6 mile / 10 km obstacle course mud run series. We combine a course that takes natural challenges and obstacles designed by our Army Cadet Trainer Greg Clarke to bring you just what it sounds like: Mudd, Sweat and Tears.

At Mudd, Sweat & Tears you will be running with attitude – be a sport, help your fellow competitors and don’t whine. Because that earns you burpees.

In addition to a race hard as frozen canadian rock, Mudd, Sweat & Tears is a great community of like-minded outdoor buffs with a longing for adventure and challenges out of the ordinary.

How do I request a race closer to me?

Drop us a line at events@muddsweatandtears.com with a proposed location and we’ll see what we can do!

Are there course maps online before the race?

No – being prepared for the unknown is a part of the Mudd, Sweat & Tears philosophy.

Where can I buy Mudd, Sweat & Tears merchandise like t-shirts or sweatshirts?

At every race!

In addition, we are currently working on an online shop that will be available on muddsweatandtears.com shortly!

What if I can’t swim?

You need to have a basic capability to swim to complete a Mudd, Sweat & Tears course.

Will I stay clean & dry?

Do 30 burpees, go for a hill run, then a mountain bike ride, roll in the dirt, jump in a lake, repeat 3 times and ask yourself the question again.

Registration

What are the requirements for a participant?

You need to be fit and trained to complete a Mudd, Sweat & Tears mud obstacle course. This isn’t a pleasure run – this is a high intensity endurance run. You have been warned.

How much is it to participate?

Please check the individual event page for information on booking. The fees increase the closer we come to race date. So – don’t get left out because a race is sold out and be an early bird!

Does the registration fee include insurance?

Yes. All our racers are insured.

Can I run together with my buddies in a team?

By all means. Make sure you register at the same time as a team to get the team discounts!

When is the next Mudd, Sweat & Tears event in my area?

Please check on our events page!

Can I register by phone or email?

No – all ticket sales and registration have to be done on our website.

Do you offer any discounts?

We offer considerable discounts for early birds – please check the event pages for details.

Do you offer refunds?

All sales are final – there are no refunds on tickets.

Are the tickets transferrable?

No – we can not transfer tickets after they have been purchased.

Teams

 Can we race as a team?

Certainly! Make sure you register together to get our team discount!

Are there limits to team size?

There are no limits to team sizes – you can get team discounts starting with teams of 12 or more!

Race Day

Can I bring my pet?

No – all Mudd, Sweat & Tears race courses have to be pet free for safety reasons.

Is there a parking fee?

Parking fees may be necessary for some venues – please check the event pages for details.

What should I bring for the race? What should I wear?

Bring your usual outdoor running gear:

  • Lightweight quick dry clothing
  • Trail running shoes
  • Gloves (personal preference)
  • We strongly recommend not wearing any jewellery with the exception of watches

Don’t forget to bring your signed waiver!

Will you cancel when there’s bad weather?

Unless there is a hurricane, a tornado or a large, aggravated dinosaur bound for the race site, we will never cancel because of bad weather.

Can I skip an obstacle?

No. All obstacles must be completed in sequence. If you skip one, you will have to do 30 burpees supervised by our volunteers.

Is there a registration and pre-race briefing?

You will receive confirmation of your online entry at time of booking. Please bring a copy of the registration with you when you check in at our registration desk on the day of the event, and when you pick up your registration package.  Detailed race information can be found online at muddsweatandtears.com and specific information about the course and or directions for individual obstacles will be communicated by course marshals’ and signage throughout the course.

We have a pre-race briefing before each race where we review the course, rules, conduct and our race philosophy.

How is the starting done?

Due to the nature of the event there will not be a mass start. Competitors start in groups based upon the start time selected during online registration. The start line will be clearly identified, and several announcements made prior to the start of each heat.

Will you have aid stations along the course?

There will be aid stations strategically positioned throughout the course.

Will you have first aid coverage of the race?

There will be a staffed first aid areas close to the Start, mid-point and finish area of the course. All Marshalls throughout the course will be on radio contact, and in the event you get injured or require medical attention, please notify the nearest course Marshall right away and they will notify our first aid team immediately.

What happens after the race?

Once you cross the finish line you will receive your medal for completing the course.  Afterwards join us for your complimentary beverage.

How long before my heat should I show up?

We recommend that you arrive at the race location a minimum of 1 hour before the race to register and get set up.

After the Race

Where are the photos of me in the Mudd?

Check on the page of your event and our facebook – we post the photos a few days after the event!

Volunteering

Where do I sign up to volunteer?

Right here.

What does a volunteer do at Mudd, Sweat & Tears?

Volunteers are a very important part of every Mudd, Sweat & Tears event. They work as course marshals, ensure the parking situation is handled efficiently and with the least hassle possible for participants and visitors and generally make sure the event is an enjoyable day out in the mudd for everyone.

Do I get a free ticket when I volunteer?

Yes. Every volunteer receives a free ticket he or she can use after the volunteering or give to a friend.

Spectators

Where should spectators watch?

We encourage your friends and family to come out and cheer you on! Viewing locations are provided near the start and finish areas of the race, as well as designated areas throughout the course (location and site specific). The best place to see the action really is the start and finish area, and due to the nature of the event and course design, we ask that spectators only watch from designated “spectator areas”, and that they not wander along the race course otherwise.

Is there a fee for spectators?

No. We want your family and friends to see you get dirty.

Will there be food and drinks available?

Yes. There will be plenty of food and drink stations along the race course for racers. For spectators and after the race, there will be drinks and food stands to purchase food.

Charity

Which charity do you support?

Mudd, Sweat & Tears proudly supports the Breakfast Clubs of Canada, supplying thousands of children across Canada with a healthy breakfast.

“One in ten children in Canada lives in poverty and many kids throughout the country arrive at school with empty stomachs. Every child deserves an equal start in life and that’s what Breakfast Clubs of Canada aims to do. The breakfast club is a place where children can share a good breakfast with their friends and have fun at the same time. The result is real change beyond the breakfast program. Teachers tell us that their students are less frequently absent, they’re less aggressive, they concentrate better and they’re more creative. These amazing results will go a long way to helping them succeed in life.” – Daniel Germain, President and Founder, Breakfast Clubs of Canada

Why do you support this charity?

Mudd, Sweat & Tears is all about the outdoors, being active and challenging yourself, your spirit and your body. We feel that everyone should have the opportunity to do just that – especially including children who lack the background to receive healthy breakfasts on a regular basis.