Come for the baked goods and stay for the messy races. Mind Over Mudder is a newly formed sports club created specifically to enjoy Tough Mudder races with other students who don’t mind getting dirty while getting into great shape.

The Mind Over Mudder team sold baked goods during U-Hour on Thursday to raise funds for upcoming competitions.

“We’ve started out easier with a five mile run, which consists of smaller amount of obstacles and we increased up to a 10-mile run, and our goal every time was just to get everybody through,” said Brittanie Bryne, fifth-year civil engineering student and founder, president and coach of Mind Over Mudder. “At our last event, there wasn’t one person on our team that didn’t say, ‘I can’t do this’ and everyone ended up finishing the competition.”

The Mind Over Mudder Team raising money for their upcoming races. (Heather Ludegna | The Poly Post)

The team trains hard for months before an event to develop endurance.

They make sure everybody feels comfortable running five-miles and has the strength to get back up when they fall in the mud.

“We are here today fundraising for our third time for our back-to-back competitions coming up,” said Kinga Matusik, advisor of Mind Over Mudder. “We train in the BRIC; we do cardio and strength training for mud runs and we do it as a team. The competitions are more team based, beating your own team time.”

This friendly club meets a couple times a week to train in the BRIC to stay focused on beating their own time from previous races.

They are under the Student Interest Council, but also have privileges in the BRIC in where they can reserve studios and use equipment for training.

“It feels like a close-knit group of friends, working out is a good common bond,” said Akira Macfarlane, first-year mechanical engineering student and member of Mind over Mudder. “And today, we are just ‘poppin off’ with the cake pops.”

Mind over Mudder recently toughed it out through their biggest competition yet, a 10k Tough Mudder in Sacramento, California.

The Tough Mudder races themselves are almost like giant obstacle courses.

They often involve masses of people climbing, swimming and even slipping and sliding through rugged-muddy terrain.

“I have never gotten to the point of wanting to quit because there’s an obstacle and everybody is struggling. You just laugh it off and keep going as a team.”

This club is great for students who don’t mind getting their hans dirty, want to have some fun while also getting into great cardiovascular shape.

The team is excited to be representing Cal Poly Pomona and looks forward to upcoming events and fundraisers for their club.

The two main competitions coming up are the  Rugged Maniac Race on April 28 and the Foam Fest Run on May 5.

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