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  • Jennifer Barnable
    September 22, 2013 - 22:35

    Read an account of participants experiences and the REALITY of the debacle that was Mud Immortal: http://jennabarnable.wordpress.com/2013/09/22/mud-immortal-youll-feel-dirty-afterward-but-not-from-the-mud/

  • Melodie
    September 22, 2013 - 20:35

    MUD Immortal was poorly organized in every way imaginable. Now is the time for The Telegram to investigate into this further to prevent future scandals and scams such as this "mess of an event" to reoccur. As anyone who wishes to hold another event similar to this I would think that a lot of people will have second thoughts about paying their hard earned money to line greedy pockets. Shame on the organizers ! Shame on Johhnathan Brett....you made your name well known now! I won't EVER pay for anything you're associated with.

  • Bill
    September 22, 2013 - 05:18

    So glad I never attended. A total farce from what I'm reading. Go to Facebook to get the real story.

  • Judy
    September 22, 2013 - 00:10

    The telegram needs to go on mud immortal Facebook page and read all the comments. You need to expose this event as the farce it was.!

  • mike
    September 21, 2013 - 21:10

    I really hope you follow up on this story. I'm pretty sure there is argument for criminal negligence due to the danger that all the racers were put in today. The "obstacles" were slapped together from 2x4s and were falling apart throughout the day. None of the promises were delivered on. The big story here is how someone scammed upwards of 400k through outright lies!

    • Francis
      October 14, 2013 - 07:14

      But weren't the obstacles "engineered by a Philadelphia-based company"? Ha.ha.ha

  • Kris
    September 21, 2013 - 20:27

    Complete and utter rip-off/scam/false advertising. Most people can live with a few issues of the issues, (i.e. waiting in lines, parking (there is only so many spaces)) in the first year of putting off an event. However, many of the things advertised were not delivered on. Obstacles were pooly made and unsafe. There was no water, BBQ, timing chips, or shuttle busses. Registration should have been cut off to a manageble number of participants, but I suspect greed is a major factor, as someone walked away from this with a lot of money in their pocket. I suspect very little went to the Alzheimers Society of NL as I saw noone at the bag check or shuttle busses (there were none) collecting money on their behalf. Their facebook page has been bombarded with negative feedback with no reply from the organizers.

  • Melissa
    September 21, 2013 - 18:21

    What a joke! What was promised here in your article, as well as on the website - was nothing like what actually happened today. No food, very unsafe obstacles, dirty water, long lines and no shuttle but a 1-2km uphill hike to get back to the start (bag check/unattended bag drop.) Poorly organized - someone just made a lot of money by ripping people off.

  • Kim Lewis
    September 21, 2013 - 18:20

    This event was a huge disappointment and absolutely nothing like it was described!

    • Mud Sucker
      September 22, 2013 - 10:57

      I must give credit where it's due and that to the marketing of Mud Immortal. Attractive graphics and website, witty status updates and lofty promises of this being an amazing race. It was not so. I had a few issues, which I will share here as Mud Immortal is deleting truthful comments from disgruntled participants on their Facebook and Twitter accounts. Insufficient parking. Cars parked on the roadsides brought it down to one lane in and out of Butterpot, poor access for cars and emergency vehicles. Line-ups for a completely disorganized registration process (no ID required after all). No signage. Some people waited 2-3 hours, in turn, delaying their start time significantly. No numbers control for starting groups. Organizer had absolutely no idea who or how many were starting at any given time. A bag check was promised. This was an unattended pile of bags on pavement, left at your own risk. Obstacles were unsupervised by medical staff, unstable and poorly built, people were injured. Not as many as promised, lack of mud at them. Only mud present was during a trek through the bog, where we could see Pitcher plants, protected vegetation, trampled on by thousands. There were long lineups at the 3 or 4 actual obstacles on the course, meaning this was not a race as advertised. No timing. No assigned bib numbers. One major issue was water availability. Water at the halfway point was sourced from a tap in the park that was boil only. Saw this first hand. There was no food or water provided at the end of the course. Only a beer tent. Lastly, the finish line was about 1.5 km from where the bags were left. There was a shuttle bus promised between the finish an start, not present. The wet, cold walk back to the park entrance was more of a challenge than the actual course. Lastly, this cost about $70 per person with the 25% discount. So many unhappy people, and rightly so. Not only did this "entrepreneur" rake in about $400K for this event, I saw absolutely not one person on this course that was actually paid to be there. Just confused volunteers (unidentifiable in the crowd as they were not given any form of t-shirt or name tag) not knowing what their job was. Some of the race participants had to get in to help out the registration process. We can't let another event like this happen again. With the events at Salmon Fest and now this, something needs to be done to protect event-goers in NL.