The T-shirts are looking nice and white but come April 26 they will be covered in mud.
The 11-strong Nelson team, Beer Guts to Glory, is pumped and ready to take part in New Zealand's first Tough Mudder event, which will be held at Hampton Downs Motor Sport Park at Te Kauwhata.
Tough Mudder, held around the world, is an obstacle and fitness course challenge billed as madness and mayhem.
In Nelson, Chris Williams who runs the Vic Brew Bar, heard through a friend in England that it was coming to New Zealand and decided he wanted to do it.
"Before I knew it, it spiralled into a team with 11 members."
They have been training for two months, mostly doing strength conditioning and running twice a week, but they've yet to do a challenge and Williams admits "it's a little bit scary".
The 18 to 20 kilometre assault course involves 30 obstacles coupled with extra effects such as electric shock, fire and ice cold water. "It's everything you don't want to do," he said.
Williams first saw it as a personal challenge and along with other team members in the hospitality industry acknowledged they were not the fittest.
However, Tough Mudder is also about being in a team. "The whole idea is it's not a race to the finish, the idea is just to get everybody across the line, to still be there and with a smile on their faces."
While the event supports an American charity, the Wounded Warrior Project, the Nelson team is using the event to fundraise for the Fifeshire Foundation which assists Nelson people in domestic crisis and financial hardship. Anyone who wants to support their fundraising effort can contribute at the Vic Brew Bar.
The team will line up at 9am at Hampton Downs. "That's when Nelson can start praying for us," said Williams.
- The Nelson Mail
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