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Operation Blackhawk: Get Muddy!

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2014 was a year for me to push out of my comfort zone. I took risks in my personal and professional lives, and said ‘yes’ where I would have usually said ‘no way’.

One of the things I said ‘yes’ to was my first obstacle race. Regular readers of HerCanberra will know that I do not run. I may have even used the phrase, ‘would rather stick pins in my eyes’ on several occasions. Nevertheless, when my neighbour Kersten asked me if I wanted to sign up for Miss Muddy with her, I said ‘yes’ before I could think about it too much.

Over the next month or so, I grumped around, regretting my decision. After all, I’d seen lots of friends’ photos from Tough Mudder and the like, and there didn’t seemed to be a whole lot of fun going on. Or smiling. Just electric shocks and pain.

Even on the day of the event I wasn’t enthused. And then a funny thing happened. I enjoyed myself. I ran, I carried sandbags, I climbed walls, I waded through a freezing pool of water, I swung across monkey bars, I dragged myself through pits of mud. IT WAS AWESOME! It was untimed, there was no pressure, it was just good fun.

(Turns out I actually DO like running, if I’m running towards something cool.)

But it wasn’t just me who found a new ‘thing’. Miss 8 took one look at me, covered head to toe in mud, and declared ‘I want to do that’. Miss 6 wasn’t so sure, looking at me as if I was some kind of creature emerging from a pit.

Luckily, Operation Blackhawk is coming to town next month, so both Olivia and I will get to make our dreams of more mud a reality. Not only is there a 7km ‘Battlefield Challenge’ with over 40 obstacles for adults, but there’s ‘Australia’s most epic kids obstacle mud run, the HerCanberra KiddyHawk!’ Yep, I was so excited, I agreed to sponsor it 🙂

Let’s talk about the grown up fun first.

Whether this is your first obstacle race or your fiftieth, the Battlefield Challenge is for you. It’s suitable for every level of fitness – from couch potato to seasoned weekend warriors! It’s not a race. You can run, walk or crawl around the course as an individual or in a team. It’s a genuine military themed obstacle course, but above all, it’s a lot of fun and the perfect way to spend the day getting down and dirty with your friends. And a great excuse to get a mudpit selfie…

Operation Blackhawk is quite different to any other obstacle race/mud run in Australia. On arrival you’ll be issued genuine Army fatigues (cams), sit through a realistic 15-minute military mission brief, collect the rest of your gear and be marched to the start line by experienced military personnel. Once on the course, you won’t be on your own…there will be instructors will even help you through, over and under any obstacles to make sure you and your team complete the course with no man or women left behind. Depending on your fitness level, you should complete the course in 1.5 to three hours.

It’s a little easier for the kids – but every bit as fun. Based on a mini version of the adult course, KiddyHawk is run on the same days as the Battlefield Challenge and will be open all day so the adults have time to run the main course before or after their little tackers. Suitable for kids four to 13, the course is around 1km long with the option to run a shorter 400m course for toddlers. Parents can run alongside their kids, and – like with the adults – there’ll be dog tags for the successful finishers!

There’s also plenty of other entertainment, with the organisers aiming to create an ‘event village’ onsite at Paintball Sports in Pialligo. There’ll be lots of entertainment, food vendors (you’ll earn that donut/ice cream/coffee) and a free sausage sizzle at the end. It’s set to be a whole weekend of muddy fun!

Miss 8 and I are in training now, and I can’t wait to share this experience with her. I reckon it will be one of those moments we’ll remember for years to come. And who knows? Maybe next year, even the reluctant Miss 6 will be keen to get muddy.

The essentials

What: Operation Blackhawk
When: Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 March 2015
Where: Paintball Sports, Pialligo Avenue, Pialligo
How much: $85, $20 for kids
Register: www.operationblackhawk.com

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