And he did it in a kilt. And this morning, he is feeling it. He tweeted:
Morning! Rolling out of bed was tough today! Ribs are painful- breathing makes them hurt and bending down is slow process - but legs are ok!
The Tough Mudder is a popular adventure racing series that was designed by British Special Forces. Finishers get “The Headband,” which is orange. Typically participants “mud it” in teams. The goal is less winning and more teamwork and the testing of mudders’ strength, stamina, toughness, teamwork and mental fortitude. Participants survive the forging of rivers, the carrying of huge logs, the running through of livewires, the crawling through of gunk-filled tunnels, and many other things that just make me cringe imagining doing at all, and bring tears to my eyes to imagine it done in a kilt.
Kilts are just so ... not protective. Comfortable as hell, I'm sure. But it seems like they'd leave just so exposed.
Anyway. McKidd trained and then mudded it with fellow actors Shemar Moore, Simon Mirren and the “Stray Dogs” team.
“Was up at 5:30 back in the gym — dreaded it but was happy that by 7:30 I had done my work for the day- recovery shake, shower and to work!” McKidd tweeted after one of his early morning workouts with the Stray Dogs team.
Save the Children is working to relieve starving children in the middle of East Africa’s current food crisis in the Horn of Africa region, sparked by drought and war. In Ethiopia, Save the Children is feeding malnourished kids and in Kenya, it is providing counseling for kids who arrive at refugee camps without parents and helps them find relatives in the camp. If family can’t be found, Save the Children finds the kids a foster family.
The drought is the worst in 60 years. McKidd has previously gone on a 24-hour fast to show his support for children and starred in a public service announcement for Save the Children, which can be viewed below.
He’s leveraged his social media network to raise the money. He live-tweeted through the 24-hour “Fast-a-Thon.” He partnered with his fan site, KevinMcKiddOnline, to set up “The Tough Giving Challenge.” And he promised his followers that if he reached the $10,000 mark he would mud it up in a traditional Scottish kilt.
“Kevin continues to keep the spotlight on the children of the East Africa food crisis with both his social media use and out-of-the-box fundraising methods,” said Save the Children’s President & CEO Carolyn Miles. “First with Save the Children’s 24-hour Fast-A-Thon and now the Tough Mudder, we are looking forward to seeing what extreme stunt Kevin will take on next.”
So are we, Ms. Miles, so are we.