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A Message from the Sunshine Coast Mayor

Posted by Tough Mudder on September 23, 2013 at 2:30pm 111 Comments

Sunshine Coast Mudders, 
It was awesome watching you conquer the course at Caloundra Downs last month. Nicely done. Our friends at the Sunshine Coast Council were excited to help host the event and they got in on action, too: four council members took part and are now proud holders of orange headbands. Sunshine Coast mayor Mark Jamieson also took notice of your badassery and wanted to say a few words to thank you:
Dear Mudders,
I hope you have all recovered from your experience recently at the inaugural Tough Mudder 
on the Sunshine Coast, and post-event aches and pains were minimal.
It was certainly a course to be reckoned with and I am sure you all had a great time and 
hopefully made and/or strengthened some friendships along the way – it’s that sort of 
cooperative event.
I would personally like to thank each and every one of you for supporting our efforts in 
attaining the event by signing up.Together, you have made Sunshine Coast Tough Mudder 
the world’s biggest Tough Mudder event in 2013 to date.
I know many of you traveled quite some distance to be here and I trust you had a wonderful 
time, particularly if you made the excellent, savvy choice of staying on the Coast for a while 
before or after the event. We enjoyed your company and will be only too happy to see you 
and your friends here again next year – or at any of the many other events we host here on 
the Sunny Coast.
For all those locals who entered, congratulations on flying the home flag at Caloundra Downs 
– you did us proud.
The Tough Mudder crew have said they are astounded by the support and the facilities the 
Coast laid on for them and all the participants, and are very keen to be back here again in 
2014. We’re sure looking forward to it,…

Sydney Spring 2013 Venue Change

Posted by Tough Mudder on September 12, 2013 at 8:30pm 76 Comments

Sydney Mudders,

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:

  • The facilities are epic. Incorporating parts of a motorsport park and a dragway, the venue’s varied terrain includes dams, swamps, bush, scrub, and gravel traps. We'll have complete run of the place, so you can expect to be running on racetracks, dragstrips, and on the 4WD proving grounds.
  • It’s a half hour from Sydney. We know that getting to the site can be a hassle, and we’re always trying to minimise that pain for as many people as possible. Most of you are coming from the Sydney area; this venue is only about a 30 minute drive away.
  • It gives everyone the chance to try out a new venue. We always change our courses from event to event, but sometimes a change of scenery is a bonus. For those who have already run a Tough Mudder at Fernhill Estates, this is a chance to try something totally different.

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.

We’ll see…


Scotland 2013 Official Video

Posted by Tough Mudder on September 6, 2013 at 4:30pm 65 Comments

U.S. Army Teams Up With Tough Mudder

Posted by Tough Mudder on September 5, 2013 at 6:00pm 69 Comments

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 Venue Change

Posted by Tough Mudder on August 30, 2013 at 8:01pm 57 Comments

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…


Pittsburgh 2013 Official Video

Posted by Tough Mudder on August 29, 2013 at 4:00pm 56 Comments

Update for Michigan Mudders

Posted by Tough Mudder on August 14, 2013 at 9:30pm 59 Comments

Michigan Mudders,

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.


Tough Mudder Buffalo 2013 Official Video

Posted by Tough Mudder on August 1, 2013 at 3:43pm 64 Comments

If you want to know what's new at Tough Mudder, watch this:

"Too Legit to Quit." A team story by Bertrand Newson

Posted by Tough Mudder on July 30, 2013 at 11:12am 68 Comments

"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!

NorCal 2012



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