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The venue for Sydney Spring 2013 has changed. The event will now be held at Sydney Motorsport Park and Sydney Dragway (two neighbouring properties joined up to make one venue). Aside from the change of venue, everything else remains the same for the Sydney Spring event.
We made this change because we ran into a few complications with the permitting and approvals process at our original site. You deserve “Probably the Toughest Event on the Planet,” so we needed to find an alternative venue for this date.
We have high standards when it comes to venues -- we only sign with places that will bring you an unforgettable experience. Here’s what’s awesome about this venue:
Of course, no matter where a Tough Mudder event takes place, there’s one thing you can always expect -- an unforgettable challenge that will push you to your limits both physically and mentally. And you can expect to take on that challenge with thousands of your next best mates by your side.
Mudders, we have big news. The U.S. Army -- the strongest team in the nation -- has officially signed on to sponsor "Probably the Toughest Event on the Planet."
Beginning with this weekend's Wisconsin event, Army representatives will be on site to assist at Army obstacles and raise awareness about opportunities to serve in the Army Reserve.
The Army will also be at these upcoming events: Tahoe (September 28-29), Seattle (October 5-6), Mid-Atlantic (October 19-20), Dallas (October 26-27), Charlotte (November 2-3), San Diego (November 9-10), and World's Toughest Mudder (November 16-17).
Here's what Mark Davis, deputy assistant Secretary of the Army for Marketing and director of the Army Marketing and Research Group, had to say about the partnership:
"There is an obvious similarity between Tough Mudder participants and Army Strong Soldiers. Soldiers understand and Tough Mudder participants certainly experience the importance of perseverance – of overcoming physical and mental obstacles by not quitting.”
“Our involvement with the Tough Mudder organization enables the Army to engage a key audience about Army values and service; the ability to serve part time; and to showcase the opportunities that exist in the Army Reserve to help motivated men and women achieve their professional and personal goals.”
If you see an Army member on the course, be sure to pay your respects. And if you feel truly tough, stop by the Army tent in the base area to learn more about serving with the Reserve.
San Diego Mudders,
At Tough Mudder, we know a lot about obstacles. But sometimes we face ones we didn’t expect. In SoCal this year, we’ve faced two: bankruptcy court and burrowing owls.
Here’s the backstory:
In February 2013, we had an amazing event at Vail Lake Resort in Temecula, CA. The course was so badass that we planned on coming back in June. But by March, we thought we wouldn’t be able to -- Vail Lake Resort was involved in bankruptcy proceedings, and we couldn’t be sure that we’d be able to bring trucks on the property, let alone throw an event up to the standards you expect and deserve. So we had to cancel the fall SoCal event. We wanted to make sure that SoCal Mudders still got to run, so we gave transfers to the San Diego event in November, which was planned for Otay Mesa.
(Don’t worry: we are now 100% good to go at Vail Lake Resort in Temecula.)
Things were going well at Otay Mesa, until we hit an unexpected roadblock, which looked like this:
These are burrowing owls -- an endangered species. They live underneath the ground at Otay Mesa. If we were to dig up the ground to build our obstacles, we’d destroy their homes -- obviously not an option, for both moral and legal reasons.
Unfortunately, these owls were brought to our attention late in the game. Once we found out, we tried to find a way to still make it work at Otay Mesa, but it became clear that there was just no way.
The most important thing to us is bringing you the experience you signed up for. So we went back to the drawing board, exploring all of our options for holding an event that weekend -- and that included a second look at Vail Lake.
There have been some changes at Vail…Continue
We know that some of you got sick after the event in June. We've been working with the Michigan Department of Community Health to try to get to the bottom of the problem. Today they announced their findings -- you can go here to learn more.
Look out for each other -- if you're feeling sick, stay home. Tough Mudder will be back.
"Too Legit to Quit": Tough Mudder Experience
A Team Captain’s Perspective by Bertrand Newson
“Teamwork ~ Pride ~ Self Confidence ~ Lifetime Bond ~ Togetherness”
For many reasons participating in Tough Mudder has created priceless memories and made a profound impact on friends and family in my inner circle. Also, it’s allowed me to meet some wonderful people in the process. Two years ago after putting together a few teams for some local running events and smaller obstacle course races (Warrior Dash etc), my crew and I were looking for a bigger challenge. Most people consider the Tough Mudder the “Super Bowl” event of mud run obstacle courses. A buddy who lives in SoCal (who I met during a obstacle course event in Temecula in 2011) shared his first Tough Mudder experience with me and another close friend (Chris Smith) and we were HOOKED! We immediately signed up for the SoCal Tough Mudder in July 2012 and had a total of 6 teammates which included my younger brother Bernardo who’s a kidney transplant survivor!
Big Bear - July 2012
Words cannot express the joy, satisfaction, pride, level of accomplishment and team bonding that happened during the SoCal 2012 Tough Mudder due to my teammates and fellow participants. Priceless! For a group of strong minded, middle aged adults, we felt pretty good about ourselves when we crossed the finish line and had that awesome kick ass orange headband and world's best beer handed to us! At that moment it was clear that I wanted to share this experience with others!
Team Too Legit to Quit (15 ppl strong) participated in the NorCal Sept. 2012 Tough Mudder and had a BLAST. From there a small group participated in the SoCal Feb. 2013 Tough Mudder and we had fun minus the freezing temps, but it only made the experience more memorable!