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 Lake in the past few months -- including a change in personnel and word from the court that no bankruptcy action will take place before the end of the year. This means we have official assurances that the event will be able to proceed. Nothing will stand in our way.

Once we became confident in our ability to bring you an event at Vail Lake, we made the call -- this was our new venue. It’s locked down, and it’s not changing again.

You deserve a kickass event, and you’re going to get one at Vail Lake. There won’t be owls. Just the usual 10,000 volts of electricity and ice baths to get through.

We know it’s confusing and frustrating to have to change your plans -- we can’t tell you how much we appreciate you bearing with us while we’ve sorted this all out. We’ve been working hard to make the venue change as painless as possible for you -- if you have questions about hotels or travel, visit this page for more information.

Come hell or high water -- bankruptcy or burrowing owls -- we’ll see you in November at Vail Lake Resort in Temecula.

- TMHQ

Tough Mudder San Diego 2013

November 9 & 10, 2013

New venue: Vail Lake Resort

38000 California 79 South

Temecula, CA 92592

Click here for a Google map

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Comment by Savannah "Savage" Hill on September 1, 2013 at 12:28pm

Scott I am sorry you think that it's okay to completely dig up and ruin a habitat for those owls/kill them in the process, but how about you don't be an ignorant jerk about it? Thanks.

At least they figured out a new venue and communicate with their customers.

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