“The team element made the event,” agreed Davis of Catlettsburg. You had to have teamwork, whether with your actual team or the strangers you were beside. There was no way you could get through as an individual without any help. That made it a very awesome event.
“It was definitely tough. The tough part is correct,” Davis said.
“This was by far the toughest thing I put myself through. This tested me more physically and mentally than I had ever been tested in a race,” said Shawn Thornsbury, the assistant cross country coach at Boyd County High School.
“I would encourage everyone, if they really want to test themselves and find out what they are made of, to do it,” said Thornbury.
One Tough Mudder was enough for him and Davis, too.
Johnson and Brock, on the other hand, are ready for another one. Both plan to attend one during the warmer months next year.
Big Rock owner Duke Ford hopes there is another Tough Mudder in his future, too.
“It’s been wonderful. The Tough Mudder people have been fabulous. I would let them come back in an instant. They have the option of whether to do it again or not. We’ll just have to wait and see,” he said.
For its part, the city of Maysville and the surrounding community opened its arms to the thousands of visitors, hosting live music downtown Friday and Saturday night and providing a strong police presence. Mason County High School and the nearby Fairgrounds offered parking and the Limestone YMCA allowed Mudders to shower there. Every hotel in town was booked.
The reception didn’t go unnoticed by Mudders or organizers.
“The Tough Mudder people said they have gotten more cooperation and community involvement here than this crew had ever experienced before,” said Ford. “It was great. I think everybody has been tickled with how well it has gone.”
CARRIE STAMBAUGH can be reached at email@example.com or (606) 326-2653.