Sorry for the late response. I wore Merrel Trail gloves. They ridges in the bottom were pretty helpful with some of the slick/muddy areas. They do have the electroshock therapy at the end of the race. It's not bad, feels like a strong punch. I got a double hit in the calves and it dropped me to all fours. My buddy and I did qualify for the Worlds Toughest Mudder with our time, but the Tampa event was only 2 weeks before the Worlds, and we had not trained for that kind of race. We are going to qualify in one of the 2012 spring races, so we have 6 months or so to train for next December's worlds toughest mudder. Looks like an awesome experience.