UIndy students tackle muddy challenge

One man’s torture is another man’s treasured memory, apparently, because UIndy seniors Joshua Rundquist and Daniel Batteiger say they have no regrets after competing in the national World’s Toughest Mudder competition.

Two tough mudders: Rundquist and Batteiger

The event, which took place last month in New Jersey, is a 24-hour ordeal in which participants try to complete a 10-mile extreme obstacle course as many times as possible. Rundquist, a social work major, and Batteiger, a chemistry/pre-physical therapy major, completed four laps – in other words, 40 miles and 128 obstacles.

Nationwide, 450,000 people competed this year in various local Tough Mudders, and 5 percent were invited to the national World’s Toughest Mudder. Only 1,300 actually accepted the challenge, and just over a thousand completed one lap or more. Batteiger and Rundquist finished 37th and 38th respectively, out of the 201 finishers in their division of men ages 20-24.

The experience was “the most fun and hardest thing I have ever done in my life,” Rundquist says. “I gave it everything that I had that day, and am now able to say I know what it is like to push my body beyond what I thought was possible and go for more. The camaraderie that I witnessed while on the course never ceases to amaze me. I cannot wait to go after the team title next year.”

Rundquist’s parents, by the way, are Peter Rundquist, associate professor of physical therapy, and DiAnn Gayl Rundquist, an adjunct faculty member in teacher education.