my team and i managed to qualify for the toughest mudder event on dec 17/18 and im wondering if anyone has proven ways to avoid hypothermia in the hands, feet and other extremities. 

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Hey congrats on the qualification. I would highly recommend brining changes of clothes to stay dry. Also I did the Tri-state TM where WTM is being held.  I used the Under Armor cold gear and it worked amazingly. The clothing dried off quickly and kept me warm for the most time. Hope the info helps ya out, be advised Tri-state course is no joke. Both my legs cramped up and I pulled my back but I crossed the finishing line. See ya there and best of luck at WTM

alright. i ran the tri state one as well and left in the 845 am heat on saturday and was somewhat dumb and ran it in swimtrunks and shoes...not very bright but i made it. did you have anything keeping your hands warm? thats what im worried most about. thanks for the help

Your welcome, I used under armour gloves. They worked so-so but there is a guy that recommends the Under Armour wide reciver gloves. Says they are good grip and dry easily

I ran the TM in Indiana two this past week, I was told to wear wool to keep warm through out all the mud and water. Now, I ran in a tank top and Under Armour cold gear tights, but I did wear some wool socks, and brought an extra pair for after the race. I don't really know if theree is anyway to keep your hands and feet warm, but they did help. Wool keeps heat in even when wet.

Congrats to you and your team!

Your going to be cold no matter what...tis the season for that!

I didn't wear anything special...surprisingly, the more mud I had caked on me the better I fealt once it dried.  There's no substitute for just keeping your body moving and keeping the blood circulated.  When I knew I was coming up on an obstacle that required me to use a sure/strong grip I would run with my hands under my armpits for a bit then, as a substitution, I would rub them together in the mean-time.  I've heard wool socks work well because of the materials wicking properties...but to be honest, I'm not sure that it will keep your feet from getting wet, as a lot of the course is going to be submerged in one way shape or form.

Good luck!

Me and my friend renea just got letters saying we qualified as well... I am so not prepared for this one. Oh no.....

There are a lot of factors that will affect your body's response to hypothermia, most importantly for this event will be nutrition over the 24 hour period to maintain enough energy to support the physical demands and keep warm.  Gear is really the easy part: stay away from cotton and fleece and go with compression gear and smart wool with running shells and windbreakers.As long as you are moving you will be generating heat and you want to keep that trapped as close to your body as possible. Plan on changing socks and gloves after every lap and consider a few hats or ear covering headbands for your ears as well.  I know some people who will be using chemical hand and foot warmers but those won't work once they are soaked.  

Jon Drake, an excellent reply/post. Sorry for the late recognition. We had many hypothermia cases at another organization's event last month and your points seemed to be vindicated. What has your experience been since then? Things I might note/add are , at this other organization's event, the lack of dedicated rewarming facilities despite a "challenging" weather forecast, teams getting separated from their cars (supplies, heaters, ride home) by slow or "lost" (read that "slow, also") team members who had the keys so they were forced to hang around when done. As usual, many people dressed primarily in spandex/Underarmor or whatever, and withouit the layering you described itn seemed to be pretty ineffective, at least once wet and covered with cold mud.

i did the Sat as well. It was cold, but not like it will be..Not sure anything particular is going to help...  Do we think people will go non-stop for 24 hours??


Couple things i've been doing, first is cold weather acclimation. Just being cold all the time might help your circulatory system a little bit. cold showers, minimal clothing during runs, etc...every bit helps.  Keeping your body warm shouldn't be too big an issue as long as you wear non-cotton, moisture wicking appare. Keeping your hands warm is also relatively easy, Neoprene diving gloves, as a Navy diver we use them for underwater husbandry where our hands are exposed to freezing and below freezing water.  US divers makes a good pair of 3mm dive gloves for 15 bucks. They'll let you maintain your dexterity for a while while keeping you from frost bite.  

try using neoprene gloves. I use them at work when i'm dealing with wet stuff or just working in rain, they stay dry inside which will help staying warm, and bc the cold water and air doesn't get in you should stay warm...

Kayaking fingerless gloves worked great for me in Indiana. They are made of neoprene, dry quickly, and keep in the warmth. You can find them on amazon for around 15 bucks. Hope this helps.

Also they worked great on the monkey bars for grip.


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