Miner Niner ‘Tough Mudder”
The Miner Niner Knights Front Line mini ‘Tough Mudder’ was not about how fast people could cross the finish line. Instead, this grade 9 project was about encouraging participants to have fun with fitness. It was about teamwork, camaraderie, and building something special.
Healthy eating, smart sleeping habits, a strong devotional life, and positive social relationships are all explored as part of overall wellness in the grade nine Health and Physical Education course. When these semester one classes were deciding on a project, the one thing that stood out to them was physical fitness and the importance of fitness fun. Students were to engage in a project that would answer the question, “How can we have fun being fit?” When the class watched a video about the popular Tough Mudder event and were inspired: “What if we made a Tough Mudder-style Course?”
What is a Tough Mudder?
A “Tough Mudder” is an endurance event series built around obstacle courses that test mental and physical strength. It is a group event where participants help their teammates complete the course, putting others before themselves.
As they planned their course, students were given the choice of what area of fitness competence they would like to focus on: balance, muscular strength, cardiovascular endurance, muscular endurance, or flexibility. The students combined their knowledge of course material with creativity to create an obstacle that would be both fun and challenging for the school community.
Planning & Testing
Students spent many classes planning and brainstorming their obstacles, considering potential locations on the school grounds, equipment needs, and how their obstacle connected to their fitness component. The grade nine girls and boys phys-ed classes had a “test” day where they set up their challenges and tested them. From here, students gave each other feedback and collaborated on how to improve each other’s obstacles.
“I LOVED PARTICIPATING IN KNIGHTS FRONT LINE! IT WAS A GREAT WAY TO TAKE THE SKILLS AND TECHNIQUES THAT WE LEARNED, AND USE THEM IN A FUN AND COMPETITIVE WAY.”~ Hannah
The entire school was invited to participate in the final ten-stage course. Participating teams that completed the Front Line were entered into a draw for a pizza party.
Many things had to come together for Knights Front Line to run smoothly. The weather was a significant factor that would contribute to its success. Students were uncertain as to how much participation the event would attract and how well-prepared the students leading each obstacle would be. But when the day of the Front Line arrived, their worries all got pushed aside as soon as the sun came out and the music started.
While it was a chilly November day, many participants came out in groups to work together to complete each challenge. Thirty-five teams of a total of 122 participants dragged each other up wet and soapy tarps and offered a helping shoulder to friends as they walked across a slackline–among other challenges. Twenty-seven teams had the stamina to complete the full course.
“I WAS HAPPY WITH THE OUTCOME OF THE COURSE. IT WAS SO COOL TO SEE HOW MANY PEOPLE FROM THE SCHOOL CAME OUT TO DO IT.” ~ Joelle
“I LOVED THERE WAS MUSIC IN THE BACKGROUND. I LOVE HOW EVERYONE WAS INVOLVED IN CREATING IT AND HOW MUCH TEAMWORK WAS NEEDED FOR COMPLETING THE COURSE.” ~ Hallie
Smiles, laughs, deep breaths, hands on knees, red faces could be seen everywhere — it was clear how intense the fun and fitness were Everyone came together with the same mindset ofhaving fun while being active. The Miner Niners Mini ‘Tough Mudder’ was a great success and truly made fitness fun!
“IF WE DID IT AGAIN, I THINK I WOULD MAKE IT LONGER AND HARDER. ALSO, I THINK IT WOULD BE A LOT OF FUN IF WE DID IT IN THE SUMMER – WE COULD USE MORE WATER AND MUD!” ~ Kaelyn