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Area man competes in tough mudder competition

November 20, 2012
Jeremy Behnke - Journal Sports Editor ( , The Journal

COURTLAND - Nathan Marti says that most of his friends consider him pretty crazy after what he accomplished over the weekend.

But even though he may be crazy, he and his brother Loren managed to finish 62nd and 63rd out of more than 1,300 in the World's Toughest Mudder 2012 competition held in Englishtown, New Jersey this past Saturday.

The World's Toughest Mudder competition is exactly what it sounds like: All competitors have 24 hours to complete as many laps of a 10-mile Tough Mudder course as they can. At the 24-hour mark, all competitors must complete the lap they are on and the winners will be whichever participants have completed the greatest number of laps in the allotted 24-plus hours. In the event that multiple participants complete the winner's total number of laps, the winners will be whichever participants cross the finish line of the final lap first.

Marti, who is 36, and his brother, who is 43, competed in the military-style course after qualifying for it in May. In order to qualify for the World's Toughest Mudder competition, you have to be in the top five percent of all competitors at the qualifying competitions.

One of the challenges that Marti and his brother had to endure included overcoming 32 different obstacles over the 10-mile course, and this was over a period of 24 hours. Marti said that him and his brother went more than 50 miles in the 24-hour span. Some of those obstacles include crawling through water with electric wire above, climbing frozen ropes, climbing 10-foot walls and many other obstacles that many people would struggle with.

Marti didn't deny that he had a difficult time with this competition.

"It was a lot more challenging than the first one [the qualifying one] that I did," Marti said.?"They certainly bumped it up. There was one point where we had to walk through a swamp and the water was chest high and the water smelled really bad. It was pretty disgusting."

As to why someone would compete, Marti said his brother, who lives in Arkansas, competed before and urged him to join him. So the two have been training ever since and they both pushed each other at the competition.

Marti isn't sure if wants to compete in the competition again, but he did say that if he did, he'd do it as part of a four-person team, which is also an option.

Needless to say, Marti said he's a little sore now.

"My feet are the worst," he said. "They feel pretty sore, mostly just from getting pounded from the rocks and you're jumping off stuff. But my legs are fine, and my upper body is a little beat, I should've trained a little harder on my upper body, but I'm walking around and going to work [today]."



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