- Sports and Recreation
Tough Guy Contest - The World's Hardest Endurance Test
Defying the 'safety culture'
I cannot add more words to these vivid pictures I've collated from the Tough Guy Contest. All I can say is that it draws more than 5, 000 tough people (men and women) from different parts of the world to converge at the very spacious farm at Perton, Staffordshire in UK.
In regular military training, it will be difficult to assist someone of your colleague because you are graded by your trainer through different endurance and agility tests. But, here strangers help each other whenever they can when someone got leg cramps or the worst conditions you can get because of the grueling stages of the race.
Event organizer Mouser Wilson, said: 'We' didn't have much ground space, we had about 7,000 people here and we had to shut the doors to the public because everybody wanted to do it.
The contest started on February 1, 2010 as competitors, consisted mostly of brave Britons, Aussies, New Zealanders, Chinese and Japanese, all took part in the rainy event - that resulted in many "broken bones and bruised bodies."
The eight-mile long assault course features terrifying underwater tunnels, barbed wire fences and fire walks in the 150-acre venue.
Competitors are mostly military men and policemen. To add spice to the contest, some wear superhero costumes, much to the delight of their family and the cheering crowd.
Tough Guy Race is in its twentieth year now and spends more than two million pounds to add more obstacles for the contest.
Mr. Wilson added that they'll have the first ever kid version of the Tough Guy Race in October due to the clamor of the teenagers.
Much of the earning of the contest will be given to charities.
All I can say, If I have to be there...it's barbaric, it's bone breaking, but the bottom line is: camaraderie.
Being 'Tough' in Life
I've witnessed the adversities in our Earth lives: the war, earthquakes, floods, fire, and so on.
We can relate to the Tough Guy Contest in just a day of our lives being bruised and broken, electrified, wounded and burned. We have many problems that we should face bravely. As a warrior or fighter in real life, we should not easily surrender to these tests. It will make us tougher to face the coming challenges.