So you’ve bit the bullet and signed up for this year’s Rampage Weekender event. With the thought of a gruelling 5K or 10K obstacle mud run looming, you’ll want to be as prepared as possible. If this is your first mud run type event and you’re thinking ‘what do I wear?’ or ‘what should I bring?’ or even, ‘what have a let myself in for?’, then this handy guide will help ease the stress of how to prepare and let you get on with your training. Even if it’s not your first and you’re a seasoned pro, you might pick up a few tips below you hadn’t thought of before.
Trail running or running shoes
Obviously Trail Running Shoes are the ultimate choice, as they are designed for this type of event, where you’ll face different landscapes, as well as water and heaps of fresh mud. They’re built with stability and comfort in mind when dealing with hills, rivers, ravines and other tricky terrains. They will let your feet breathe and stay cool and will usually be quicker to dry and let out water more efficiently than normal shoes or trainers. They will also have superior traction and grip than most other trainers and will cushion the uneven ground better than other footwear.
However, if you don’t have a pair and don’t want to neglect your beloved and trusty running trainers, then dust off the old favourites and bust them out on the course. Running shoes will also keep your feet well ventilated, allow water to drain out quickly and can usually handle most terrains.
We’re not gonna lie… your trainers will take a battering. We wouldn’t recommend bringing any footwear that you are attached too. They will get covered in mud and will not finish the course in the same condition they started. In saying this, most trainers will be able to be washed and a good pair will persist through a number of these events.
Finally, we recommend tying the laces firmly. They will have to resist the pulling force of thick mud in some areas and will need to be tightly secured, although not too tight that they’re uncomfortable….obviously.
The right clothing will make the whole experience that little bit easier. We recommend substance over style on this occasion. While we don’t necessarily favour any particular clothing choices, we would mention the following:
Maybe your made of stronger stuff and don’t want to look like Mo Farah stepping onto the starting line. For those mavericks who defy normal social conventions, we encourage you to get as creative as you like in choosing your race day attire. If tackling the course dressed as a Giant Hotdog, the Milky Bar Kid or Elton John is your thing, more power to you!
Once the Rampage Course has been conquered, the post-race endorphins and adrenaline buzz will only keep you warm for so long. We recommend bringing the following:
For those who are staying on and partying the night away with some live music and themed ‘Jungle Fever’ After Party, we have a few suggestions:
The theme for this year’s Rampage After Party is ‘Jungle Fever’. We will leave the finer details up to you as to what exactly this entails. We expect to see some animal print, maybe some leaves or greenery or even the odd Gorilla or Lion….who knows. We can’t wait to see some of the creative ideas you Rampagers dream up.
It is not required that you wear fancy dress, but we reckon it gives the party a fun and entertaining vibe!