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November 11, 2011 5:55 PM
Hello! I am doing a Tough Mudder on 4th of December in Florida. It should be chilly. The race consists of going through water with ice cubes in it, swim through a lake, and run for 12 miles with wet clothes on ( and other difficult obstacles). I have no idea how to dress for this event. I need help. Any suggestions are welcome!!! Thank you!
November 11, 2011 6:02 PM
I'd do a long sleeve workout shirt and workout leggings. I did a mud run with shorts and had a few cuts on my knees. Scratches on my elbows too from some of the obstacle courses. Once you start running you will warm up, you won't want your clothes weighing you down.
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November 11, 2011 6:04 PM
Lightweight, fast drying is key. For similar events, I wear running shorts, a compression fit Heat Gear Under Armour shirt, trail running socks, and Salomon Tech Amphibian shoes. That's just what I wore this past weekend for Rugged Maniac, which has similar water and mud obstacles, but it's only a 5k.
As a female you may prefer those stretchy shorts or capris, as I see a lot of women wearing those.

Oh, and as the above poster mentioned, you will likely get your knees and shins scraped up a bit. I know TM recommends using gloves also.
Edited by chuckyp On November 11, 2011 6:05 PM
November 11, 2011 6:14 PM
Definitely wear at least long pants! I did the Warrior Dash in October and wore cargo pants and a t-shirt. The long pants were nice especially going over the obstacles, but they were a little on the heavy side (especially once they got wet). They saved me some injuries to the legs, but I did get a couple scrapes on my arms that were bare.
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November 11, 2011 6:31 PM
Thank you. It looks like next week, I am going clothes shopping! tongue
November 11, 2011 7:11 PM
Avoid cotton; it'll get cold and heavy. Cold cotton actually draws heat away from your body. I did the Rugged Maniac this last weekend and my swim trunks and skin-tight lycra shirt shed water really well and kept me light without getting cold. I've seen pictures of people wearing knee pads, but honestly, if you're doing the crawling/barbed wire correctly, your knees really shouldn't touch the ground much. Gloves help for grip and hand protection. Wear shoes and socks you won't mind getting rid of if it comes down to that.
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