PHOTOS: ABF Mud Runs put your money where the mud isn’t

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The popularity of mud runs have skyrocketed over the last several years.  So has the price tag.  Yet with all the dollars pouring in, the typical mud run is giving the charities it represents, pennies on the dollar.  ABF is not your typical mud run.  Every dollar that comes in, goes out.

ABF Mud Run and ABF Training Camps were founded by Chad Mason, a Certified Personal Trainer and Nutritionist with the mission of maximizing the local charity effort of the event and pushing the participants out of their “comfort-zone” to give them an experience that will inspire long after they have left the course .  Not that leaving the course is any small feat. The ABF course in Berlin, NJ is a permanent course with  25 unique, military style obstacles and an arena for up to 3,500 and will truly test the limits of every skill level.  Below are some photos from the ABF October 4 Mud Run in Berlin.


While participating, 60 volunteers and staff are on hand to help individuals, groups and families navigate the course successfully and most of all, safely.  And the ABF Mud Run and ABF Training Camps are family friendly on and off the course.  Together with his wife, Jessica, founder Chad Mason built his course with his own hands and his own money.

“We have zero sponsorship money.  I earned the money to build the $50,000 course by holding training sessions 5:00-6:00 am out of my garage.  Between my wife’s and my full time job we came up with the remaining costs to cover expenses to hold this event,” said Mason.

For some like John Bendy, ABF has been a life changer.  This once XXXL is down 4 shirt sizes and went from a 48 waist to a 38 training with Mason.  John’s stunning before and after photos only tell part of the story.  John is also one of the almost 60 volunteers helping others on the ABF Traning course.

John Bendy lost over 80 pounds training with Chad Mason and ABF.

John Bendy lost over 80 pounds training with Chad Mason and ABF.

Every event benefits a local charity. Past charities have included the YMCA, Restore the Shore, and Home for Our Troops.  The 2014 events benefit Wish Upon a Hero.   Located on beautiful Miller Horse Farm, the ABF Course is also available for rent for other organized runs and events.


By: Tony Romeo / PHL17
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  • Joe Mannino

    There are so many things to say in regards to the efforts put forth by Mr and Mrs Chad Mason, not even sure how to put into words. I know Chad personally and I ensure you that his intentions are pure, he genuinely loves and lives what he does. “The truth of what we say is shown by what we do” quote from someone far more intelligent than I, and Chad definitely does.

  • anthony chavez

    The mud run obstacle course was my first one. what an experience!! I turned 55 on that day but after the course, went straight to 56!!! It was great to share this with everyone there, especially with team Red White and Blue. EAGLE UP!

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