Thursday, May 6, 2010

My super awesome weekend in short, concise blog-form...

With some volunteers and their amazing hand-made costumes!

A pretty decent turnout for the Opening Ceremony!

With the wonderful Anita Jacobs of BBG- so organized, enthusiastic and hospitable! Thanks for the great time, Anita!

NYC PAGEANTS PHOTO SHOOT- Brooklyn Bridge and Times Sq -Photos by Bianca Thomas

More to come! We spent the early part of the afternoon near the Brooklyn Bridge, and then glammed up a bit and headed to Times Sq for Part 2 (and left less than an hour before the evacuation- good timing on our part)! Many thanks to Bianca Thomas for her wonderful photos, and to my awesome sister queens, Claire and Cassie, for a fun afternoon!

Without a doubt, Tough Mudder was the most physically challenging thing I've ever done. And probably one of the coolest. The atmosphere at the event was electric- it's not a race, it's a challenge, and the mood of the 4,500 participants was far more supportive than competitive. Part of the charge at the beginning of the of the event was to put camaraderie before course-time and to help other Tough Mudders finish the challenge, and everyone, it seemed, took that to heart. Congratulations to my fellow Tough Mudders, and to the team at Tough Mudder HQ for putting on an awesome event!

After registration! I've been branded!

One of several media interviews about being Miss Greater NYC and attempting the Tough Mudder- this one with CBS- an awesome opportunity to talk about the Miss America Organization and break a stereotype or two... No high-maintenance pageant divas here!

About 1/3 of the way into the 7.5 mile obstacle course- after running up and down a mountain and through the woods, that mud felt pretty darn good...

We did it! My long-time friend/ running partner, Daniel, and myself, relishing in the glory of earning the title of "Tough Mudders" (displayed on our awesome headbands and T-shirts), and discussing plans for the November 2010 Tri-State Tough Mudder- 12.5 miles of freezing cold, brutally challenging, physically exhausting muddy shenanigans. We'll be there. Will you?