Harmless hanging: Mishap at Buffalo Tough Mudder - VIDEO
blog by Ben Tsujimoto • August 12, 2013 @ 10:55am
Here’s evidence that you shouldn’t take Tough Mudder obstacles lightly.
Through the collaboration of two competitors—Jason Cunningham, equipped with a GoPro 3 Hero, and video editor Logan Howe, running his first Tough Mudder—the duo captured and edited a rare moment of fellow competitor Andrew Gauvin’s sprint through electroshock therapy, the race’s final obstacle.
Held in Andover, NY—roughly two hours south of Buffalo—the Tough Mudder concluded with Gauvin accidentally hanging himself intertwining his neck between two looped electrical wires—some of which harness 10,000 volts of electric shock, according to the Tough Mudder site.
His momentum propelled him into the air and curtailed his forward progress—not unlike a playground swing—before Gauvin collided back to earth in surprise and slight embarrassment. Fortunately, according to his comment on the YouTube video, his neck is fine following the incident.
Andrew Gauvin 2 weeks ago: Being the man who hung himself, i want to thank you for catching this. Love the slow mo at the end. Fyi, the neck is fine.
In a quick interview with Howe, who edited the video to add the slow-motion effect at the end, the Ohio insurance company employee noted that he traveled to Andover to join the 40+ person team called the Marion Mud Dawgs, captained by Rochester native Josh Crocker.
Howe’s Tough Mudder experience has spurred him to register for the Pittsburgh race at the end of August as well as consider the Florida event in November.