A few words with Tough Mudder South Africa’s female race winner Robyn Owen.

Her jungle gym for grown-ups

She’s been lugging canoes, carrying bicycles, weaving through bushes, hopping over boulders, and scrambling over rocks, for years. Now, this multi-sport guru Robyn can add Obstacle Course Racing to her repertoire.
But this powerhouse is no stranger to training hard and pushing her body to the limits, so she felt happy while navigating her way around these obstacles and trails at Tough Mudder.

One could say claiming a win at her first-ever attempt at OCR must have come easily, as Robyn admitted she did no specific training for this race.
But this powerhouse is no stranger to training hard and pushing her body to the limits, so she felt happy while navigating her way around these obstacles and trails at Tough Mudder.

“The race was a lot of fun, more than expected! I was very relieved that the power was out and I didn’t get any electric shocks!”
Robyn’s favorite obstacle was “the one with the rolling blocks in the water where you needed to work together to get each other over.”
Her inaugural day at Tough Mudder put Robyn amongst a group of people who she described as having a good laugh and lots of fun, which was contrary to her perceived ‘hardcore’ culture around the sport of OCR.

“I found it very cool how the grown-up jungle gym of an OCR brings out the kid in the people… It’s refreshing to see that all the other Tough Mudder participants seemed to be laughing at the ridiculousness of it all, just as much as I was, while fully embracing the fun at the same time.”

 

Family hiking and mountain biking, river canoeing, off-road triathlons, multi-sport, trail running, and adventure racing are the territories Robyn is most familiar with, so she’s used to combining skills.

Her body did tell her the following day though that she may have tried something a bit new.
“My body was pretty sore. I both ran a lot faster than I have in a long time, and woke up many dormant muscles on those obstacles.”
Her advice to those considering OCR as a new sport to tackle is simple.

“What are you waiting for?”

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