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On the weekend of July 12, 2014, Tough Mudder will be returning to the home of many a mud-coated memory, Kent Farms, a place as epicly awesome as the family that runs it. But as great as it feels to be back in Allegheny County, we're not here to get all sentimental. And while you'll just have to wait until this weekend to see what tantalizing tricks we have up our sleeve this year, Operations Supervisor Jen Mizono has been kind enough to dish out a creative ‘behind the scenes' sneak peek at what's to come this weekend. Her method? Eight movie quotes that foreshadow what awaits you at Tough Mudder Upstate New York.
1. "I've a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore." (The Wizard of Oz)
Welcome to Kent Farms. When it's not home to thousands of Mudders, the Kent family runs an ATV Park, pumpkin patch, Christmas tree farm and corn maze. Side note: Mama Kent makes the best cookies TMHQ has ever tasted.
2. "…I made ‘em extra sloppy for yous!" (Billy Madison)
Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, our staff here on the ground saw some rain. And by some, we mean it was like getting hit with a fire hose. One of our tents literally almost blew away. What does that mean for you? Tough Mudder Upstate New York just got muddier.
3. "Here's Johnny!" (The Shining)
This is Johnny Little (AKA Johnny Large) - our Upstate New York construction manager. He is responsible for all those obstacles you'll be running through. Feel free to thank him (or yell at him) when you see him around the course.
4. "Say hello to my little friend." (Scarface)
For those of you who have never jumped into Arctic Enema…
5. "Well, there's something you don't see every day." (Ghostbusters)
Our participants know that Tough Mudder is not a race but a challenge. At some events you might see people pushing each other out of the way to cross the finish line first – here you'll see people carrying each other to make sure they cross together.
6. "I'll have what she's having." (When Harry Met Sally)
Those of you that are running the course for the first time will get an awesome view of Mudder Legion's Legionnaire's Loop, most notably, the Fire In Your Hole obstacle. While maiden Mudders will only be able to look and not touch, this will be you screaming through fire at your second Tough Mudder.
7. "Get in my belly!" (Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me)
Running. Obstacles. Mud. Dos Equis handed to you at the finish line. ‘Nuff said.
8. "I'll be back." (Terminator)
Maybe your goal for next time is to get all the way across Funky Monkey without falling in. Maybe it's to stay atop Everest and help 50 people up before marching on. Whether your next Mudder is next year or next month, we know you'll be back for more Mudder mayhem.