While Spartan Race has a well-established Junior Spartan Race kids race, many national Canadian competitors held back until now. In 2014, Tough Mudder introduced a very short kid’s course, wasn’t much of a race and was more like poorly attended time trial with no clock. In 2015 Mud Hero, Canada’s leading mud run with 53,000 heroes registered in 2014, is throwing their hat into the kids mud run/obstacle race ring. 3-Seconds caught up with Mud Hero Race Director Adam Ruppel to find out the details on Mud Hero Kids.
This is the third in a series of three interviews with Mud Hero Race Director Adam Ruppel.
Why did you wait until 2015 to introduce Mud Hero Kids?
AR We want to make sure we have the bandwidth to do it right.
What should parents and kids expect from the new Mud Hero Kids?
AR I think it allows parents to share their love of fun fitness with their children. We want to instill the fun and friendly challenge Mud Hero is known for.
How will Mud Hero ensure the safety of each child given what appears to be 4 mud pits on the Mud Hero Kids map?
AR Actually Mud Hero kids has 1 shallow mud pit. Myself and Ted (co-owner of Mud Hero) organize the largest children’s mountain bike race in Canada for the last 15 years.
Do any Mud Hero staff members have kids?
AR Yes, I have 1.5 year old and Shane (obstacle design and build crew) has a 4 year old plus we are doing a test run of our obstacles with kids.
Is there potential for a Mud Hero Dogs event in the future?
AR No, but I love dogs.
Mud Hero Kids will be present at every Mud Hero event on every day except for Mud Hero Urban Toronto. You can register for Mud Hero here.
By Adam Kwitko
Photo credit: Mud Hero