The Best Christians are Mudders

by Larry Hehn on January 9, 2013

Mud RunI’m no daredevil, but I enjoy things that push me beyond my comfort zone. Physically. Mentally. Even spiritually. That’s why I’m a fan of Tough Mudder.

As their website describes, “Tough Mudder events are hardcore 10-12 mile obstacle courses designed by British Special Forces to test your all around strength, stamina, mental grit, and camaraderie.”

With obstacle names like Kiss of Mud, Fire Walker, Arctic Enema and Electric Shock Therapy, Tough Mudder is no stroll in the park.

But it’s not the challenges that impress me the most about Tough Mudder. It’s their approach that I love – an approach that, in my mind, parallels what Christianity was meant to be.

“Tough Mudder is more than an event, it’s a way of thinking.” –

Tough Mudder participants are known as Mudders.

For starters, Mudders don’t take themselves too seriously. Yes, the courses are hardcore, but Mudders are met at the end with a beer, some laughs, and an upbeat live band. Organizers advise, “…please don’t show up at a Tough Mudder without a sense of humor.”

Mudders run as a team.

“To get through mud, fire, ice-water, and 10,000 volts of electricity you’ll need teammates to pick you up when your spirits dip. To get over 12 foot walls and through underground mud tunnels, you’ll need teammates to give you a boost and a push. Tough Mudders are team players who make sure no one gets left behind.” –

Mudders recite this pledge before each event:

  • I understand that Tough Mudder is not a race but a challenge.
  • I put teamwork and camaraderie before my course time.
  • I do not whine – kids whine.
  • I help my fellow mudders complete the course.
  • I overcome all fears.

The best Christians I’ve known don’t take themselves too seriously. They recognize that life is a team event, not solo. They encourage and build others up. They look out for each other. They stretch themselves, and help others stretch in the process.

Yep. The best Christians are Mudders.

Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another… – Hebrews 10:24-25

If you think you are too important to help someone, you are only fooling yourself. You are not that important. – Galatians 6:3

So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up. Therefore, whenever we have the opportunity, we should do good to everyone—especially to those in the family of faith. – Galatians 6:9-10

I’m so impressed with Tough Mudder, I’m actually thinking about signing up for their upcoming Toronto event on September 28 and 29, 2013. Who’s with me?

Who are some Christian “Mudders” you know? How have you been influenced by their example?

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

ThatGuyKC January 9, 2013 at 11:02 am

Dude, I’ve got a friend who is a die-hard mudder. He’s insane, but one of the best Christian men I know.
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Larry Hehn January 9, 2013 at 3:23 pm

Sweet, KC. Everyone should have at least one mudder like that in their life. Or, even better, be one!


Liz McLennan January 9, 2013 at 11:35 am

Larry, I have agreed to to do the Warrior Dash in Barrie, this July. Am I terrified? Yes. Am I in shape to do it? No. But….you want in? My Across-The-Road-Neighbours somehow roped me in and they’re a hoot. And fit, which is good, because somebody needs to haul my butt over the wall.

We’d love to have you on our team! Think about it, ok?


Larry Hehn January 9, 2013 at 3:27 pm

Well, if you can go all the way to Barrie for it, Liz, that takes away any excuse I may have about distance. I’d love to join you! My training starts today. 🙂


Liz McLennan January 9, 2013 at 11:36 am

P.S. If I’m not ready for the Warrior Dash in July, I’d consider doing the Tough Mudder with you in September, if you’re serious….
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Larry Hehn January 9, 2013 at 3:28 pm

That works too, though I’m now aiming for the Warrior Dash in July.


Pete the Biz April 17, 2014 at 7:45 am

Hey Larry, I’m looking forward to ploughing through Tough Mudder, this July. Infact, I’ve already had the pleasure of leading a small team of men + young men through a different mud run (Feb ) + a fast paced trip up mount Snowdon (Apr) this year. It would be great to think that this adventurous physical adrenelin rush is reflective of what God wants to do spiritually. And, it’s not just men. My daughter, even with a knee complaint, came with us up Snowdon, as she said to me “Dad, I’m doing it for the girls!” What a great team of God’s people surround me. I am blessed!

Larry, thank you for your website. Keep going!

God bless.



Larry Hehn April 18, 2014 at 11:27 pm

Many thanks, Pete. So great that you are involved with both friends and family. All the best to you as you conquer the mud in July!


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