Four badass women from Kahnawake got dirty and pushed their limbs to the limit at the Montreal Mud Hero in St. Bruno. (Courtesy Mud Hero)
Four Kahnawa’kehró:non slammed themselves in the mud Saturday in the Montreal Mud Hero Obstacle Races in St. Bruno.
Mud Hero is the largest obstacle course event in Canada, and takes place every summer for hungry thrill-seekers. The event features several mud-filled challenges on the course.
“They were all awesome but they were physical challenges like jumping in the water,” said Trina C. Diabo, who ran the six kilometres with her three spinning class friends Fawn Deer, Kirsten Curotte and Ann Jacobs.
Some of these obstacles include the cargo climb, muddy lagoons, deep woods and King Kong.
The mud and the dirt can sometimes make certain people shy away from these kinds of events, but for Diabo, it only fueled her passion to push herself beyond her comfort zone.
“The muddiness was more of the excitement, except you never know what kind of day you’re going to have,” she said.
Diabo and her three friends go to the gym regularly, and enjoy taking part in activities that push their limits and allow them to face their fears. The races help the women discover new strengths that they did not know they had.
“We work out really hard with each other so it was really a test to see our limits,” said Diabo.
“We were just challenging each other. It’s more for fun, but we do push each other. We were super happy when we completed it.”
This year, Mud Hero partnered with Special Olympics Canada to raise money for individuals with intellectual disabilities and improve their quality of life.
“I like participating in stuff like this, especially when money goes to good causes,” Diabo said. “Participating now is going to drive me more to try to see what’s our next adventure.”
It was Curotte’s third time participating in Mud Hero.
“I knew what to expect, but it’s not something that you do regularly,” she said. “Even if you are a fit person, it’s still challenging because you are going through the up and down trails.”
This year, the weather was one thing that did not cooperate.
“The most challenging part was the weather because it was so cold,” said Curotte. “In the past, every time we were going through the mud or the pool of water, it was refreshing. This time, it was very cold outside.”
Curotte recommends anyone up for a challenge try an obstacle course like the Mud Hero.
“There are a lot of different ways to get active and involved,” she said. “If you like to be physically active then you want a challenge.”