Learn about the Hard as Nails Obstacle Mud Race
Learn about the Hard as Nails Obstacle Mud Race
Hard As Nails Obstacle Mud Race – Westminster is a local Colorado race for participants who want to challenge themselves while supporting their community. With an adult 5k and a separate youth 2.75k course, Hard As Nails is an event for individuals of all ages. Hard As Nails will test your strength and fitness while guaranteeing lots of fun and a great outdoor experience.
Hard As Nails is an event produced by Colorado Wilderness Rides and Guides, Boulder’s premier outdoor adventure company. Colorado Wilderness Rides and Guides has designed both epic days and team building courses for some of the world’s top athletes and its staff have brought their skills to the planning, designing, organizing, and directing of Hard As Nails Obstacle Mud Race. As risk management experts, Colorado Wilderness Rides and Guides created an obstacle race that allows participants to push their boundaries while ensuring both safety and a spectacular experience.
Our 3rd Annual Hard As Nails Obstacle Mud Race – Westminster is filling up! Come join us for the best local Denver Metro and Boulder Area Obstacle Mud Race / Mud Run in Colorado – June 4th, 2016 (Saturday).
About Hard As Nails Obstacle Mud Race Community Mission:
Hard As Nails Obstacle Mud Race believes we must give back to the community and thus supports two local Westminster area non-profits that are doing great work for the local community with our 2015 Event: 1)The Westminster Legacy Foundation and 2)Growing Home.
In 2014, Hard As Nails Obstacle Mud Race gave 9% of its gross receipts and 99% of its net profits to Growing Home.
In 2015, we added the partnership of the Legacy Foundation, so all sponsorships are made payable to the Legacy Foundation (are tax deductible). Thus we can increase our impact in helping the local community.
About Westminster Legacy Foundation:
The Westminster Legacy Foundation (WLF) was established in 2001 to support and enhance programs and projects that benefit the Westminster community and its citizens. As a 501 (c)(3) not-for-profit organization, the Westminster Legacy foundation can receive and distribute private resources to pursue the betterment of the community. The WLF seeks funds from private sources to build a pool of permanent capital for local philanthropic purposes and distributes such funds for public needs in the areas of youth programs, senior programs , open space and parks, education and library services, public safety, cultural arts, social services, community relations, and historical legacy.
The WLF provides a means for individuals to contribute on a tax deductible basis to the betterment of our community with the confidence that the contributions are appropriately allocated. Contributors will receive the personal satisfaction of knowing that their resources are being used in a meaningful way to benefit the Westminster community. In addition, there will be many opportunities for contributors to receive community recognition for their generosity.
About Growing Home:
Growing Home is an anti-poverty organization “Nurturing Children, Strengthening Families, and Transforming Lives” in Adams County Colorado. We believe in taking a holistic, comprehensive approach to fighting poverty, addressing both the immediate and long-term needs of families. We utilize a collaborative model that engages the community in providing emergency services, and we also work to understand and address the root causes of homelessness, hunger, and the achievement gap of low-income children. Our services give adults the tools they need to provide for their families, and simultaneously work with the children of those families to break cycles of poverty and prevent crisis in the future. By working with clients t o develop long-term skills, we move both children and adults on the path to success. Whether we are instructing mothers and fathers on how to read to their babies, teaching children the literacy and psycho-social skills needed to complete school, giving nutritious food to a hungry family, or creating a job plan with parents in our shelter program, we know that using researched methods to combat poverty will help both the children and adults of the families we serve.
To see this event move from idea to reality is very exciting. Having designed hundreds of events for corporate entities and both amateur and professional athletes, I’ve realized the processes for designing and making a great event are the same, but each event and company takes on a personality of its own. It has been a lot of work but also a great deal of fun to create Hard As Nails and we are looking forward to seeing how the event matures and develops come race day and beyond.
Hard As Nails is an event for Coloradoans — and those who love Colorado — by those who call Colorado home. We currently have seven states represented at this year’s event: Colorado, Oklahoma, Texas, Wyoming, Tennessee, Illinois, and Virginia. In succeeding years, we want to make this event a regional draw for those who want to experience a great obstacle mud race event for first timers, veteran obstacle and mud racers, and youth, whose participation will help develop the sport. If you have feedback to make things better, please let us know. We are constantly improving and want this event to be dynamic and great.
We have some very good events that show up in Colorado, but many of the events are run by organizations outside of Colorado with no vested interest in the state or this area. We want to help develop an event for the community with the benefits supporting the local community through the development of sustainable partnerships and outreach – social charities, infrastructure, tax base, chamber of commerce, environmental causes. While all events need to be financially viable and sound, our true goal is to create the best obstacle mud race in the state. With a long-term commitment by the community and City of Westminster, we know we have the opportunity to make Hard As Nails better and more exciting each year.
We want to thank the partners who really made this happen: Colorado Wilderness Rides and Guides (the awesome CWRAG team), The Westin Westminster Hotel (the truly amazing Mike Case and one of two original event visionaries – Brandon Hendricks), The City of Westminster (Jason Genck, Don Tripp, Heather Hammarstrom, Chris Johnson, Tim Lachermeier, and other staff). The majority of this core team has been meeting every two weeks since late last summer to help make this event a reality.
In addition to the event partners, we want to thank our Sponsors for their generosity and vision in helping to make this event a reality. Without their donations and cash support, we would not be able to pull this off. Thank you Colorado Wilderness Rides And Guides (Adult and Event Sponsor), The City of Westminster, The Westin Westminster Hotel, Sage Hospitality, Butterfly Pavilion (Youth Course Title Sponsor), First Bank, Pepsi, Boulder Beer, Waste Connections, North Metro Chamber of Commerce, Fit Physical Therapy, PSAV, Sports Authority, Eclipse Design, Chris’s Custom Carpentry, and 105.5 ESPN (Media Sponsor).
Last week, after doing another walk through of the course area, I saw a group of 12-14 runners on the trails of City Park Westminster. I thought to myself, they have no idea what is in store for this area in the coming weeks. What this event represents is the opportunity to experience what is in our back yard that we do not normally see and another way to look at the same area differently. In some ways, this is a vision change for many of us. Similar to putting on a pair of glasses, when we change our lenses, we see and experience a new way of doing things and experiencing the world. I learned this lesson from a climbing partner of mine in California. He used to visit Yosemite Valley with his family and kids each year and hike all the trails in the area. In his late 30’s, he tried climbing for the first time. After a handful of experiences, he became hooked by the sport. Fast forward five years — he returned to the valley on vacation and instead of taking to the trails, he took to the walls. He realized he was a kid again. Climbing offered him a different way to experience the same place and everything was new again. The lens through which he viewed the world had changed and opened up to the potential and possibility that exist in each and every experience, day, and area. He was instrumental in teaching this to me and I am forever grateful. Climbing did and has changed my life – forever. But the idea of experiencing the same places differently has had an equally profound influence on me. I have used this knowledge when revisiting a place on foot, bike, rope, raft, or with a rod. Each time changing the lenses allows us a glimpse into ourselves and the opportunity to change for the better. Our event in and around City Park Westminster is just that, an opportunity to see the world with a different lens and for a while to experience the world as a kid again and just be.
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I had a conversation with Jim Courier (former Number 1 tennis player in the world) when he was at his peak about what had changed in him and that allowed him to achieve the level he was at. He told me “I stopped competing against others and solely focused on doing the best I could do. I shifted my paradigm and tried to just control how I reacted to a situation rather than worry about trying to control it.” He had done what we all strive to do, be present and let the chips fall where they may. It is this lens change that we hope for you as well. Obstacle racing, while it can be competitive, is designed to foster a sense of community. Hard As Nails participants who work with others will be faster and complete the course quicker. It is teamwork that will be rewarded. Come build yourself. Come build your community.