Since I reviewed the course the last time, I really want to focus on the overall experience and environment of this race. Unfortunately, not everyone from the first event was able to join us for a second round, but it was great to reunite with the superhuman, obstacle racing machine that is Junyong Pak, Jeff Cain of onmywaytosparta.com, and meet for the first time Adrian Bijanada of OCRGear.com. Any chance you get to spend some time with people like that with such a passion for the sport, you already have a pretty great weekend on your hands.
Another true testament to the folks behind MGG are their volunteers. The first event, all of us there remarked how incredible the volunteers were and that continued to be the case here at their second event. At the fourth water station, I actually took some extra time to talk to the couple volunteering there. Ultimately, yes, I stopped in the middle of a race, but I'm glad I did. They had run the first race, but due to an injury couldn't run this time. They enjoyed the experience so much that they still wanted to come out an be involved in any way they could. After leaving them and finishing the race, I spent some time talking to other racers and spectators. Many of the spectators had similar stories as the couple who volunteered - even though they weren't able to race, they simply wanted to be around the event. I think that tells you right there that MGG has done something special.
I left Mud, Guts, and Glory extremely grateful for another great race, an exceptional experience with great people, and had the chance to continue to talk with people about Alzheimer's disease and my ultimate mission. I'd say that's the definition of glory.