Murray S In the pre-dawn darkness of World's Toughest Mudder 2013, two-time defending champion Junyong Pak (right) was in 2nd place. With thousands of dollars at stake and a title to defend, Pak stood atop Everest and found a fellow Mudder exhausted; struggling to reach the summit. The picture shows what he did. Totally sums up what being a mudder is all about.
Tough Mudder events are hardcore 10-12 mile obstacle courses designed by the Special Forces to test your all around strength, stamina, mental grit, and camaraderie. As the leading company in the booming obstacle course industry, Tough Mudder has already challenged half a million inspiring participants worldwide. But Tough Mudder is more than an event, it’s a way of thinking. By running Tough Mudder, you’ll unlock a true sense of accomplishment, have a great time, and discover a camaraderie with your fellow participants that’s experienced all too rarely these days.
FACT #1- Marathons are boring.
And the only thing more boring than doing a marathon is watching a marathon. Road-running may give you a healthy set of lungs, but will leave you with as much upper body strength as Keira Knightley. At Tough Mudder, we want to test your all-around mettle, not just your ability to run in a straight line, on your own, for hours on end, getting bored out of your mind. Our obstacle courses are designed by the Special Forces to test you in every way and are meant only for truly exceptional all-around people, not for people who have enough time and money to train their knees to run 26 miles.
FACT #2 – Mudders do not take themselves too seriously.
Triathlons, marathons, and other mud runs are more stressful than fun. Not Tough Mudder. At Tough Mudder, we meet you at the finish line with a pint and a live band. It’s pretty hard to take yourself seriously when you’re covered in mud and have just finished an obstacle called ‘Just The Tip’, so please don’t show up at a Tough Mudder without a sense of humor. Just check out the absurd team costumes in our event photos to get a feel for the spirit of Tough Mudder.
FACT #3 – You cannot complete a Tough Mudder course alone.
To get through mud, fire, ice-water, and 10,000 volts of electricity you’ll need teammates to pick you up when your spirits dip. To get over 12 foot walls and through underground mud tunnels, you’ll need teammates to give you a boost and a push. Tough Mudders are team players who make sure no one gets left behind. To that end, all Mudders are expected to uphold our ideals and exhibit teamwork and camaraderie both on the course and off it. All participants are asked to join us in reciting the Tough Mudder pledge before starting each event.
(Taken from the www.toughmudder.co.uk website)
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Upper body strength is very important, from monkey bars to traverses to wall climbs you use your upper body. I would still keep on a good running schedule the course is 12+ miles. There is no way to train for the ele...
Tracey V I signed up to be informed when my local toughmudder (Yorkshire, UK) opens for registration for summer next year. I fully intend to do it, joining this tribe should help discourage me from quitting before I begin!
Murray S Looking through all stats from the weekends Worlds Toughest Mudder, and there was only one other Canadian compete in my age category. Mind totally made up, I'm going for it next year!!!!
Murray S Congratulations to fellow Canadian Ryan Atkins winning the worlds toughest mudder. Way to show the world that us Canadians are the worlds toughest!!!!!!!!!!
Murray S Well, worlds toughest mudder is upon us. I have been watching the twitter and instagram updates so far today. So wish I had decided to go now :( Well always nest year. Good luck to all my fellow mudders that decided to complete this year. May the mud be with you!!!
Thanks folks, all great stuff so far. Really looking at bodyweight stuff at the moment, with working back up to doing 5ks, good thing is i have some time till the next event.
Jd W answered the question As a potential first time Tough Muddererer, what is the one training tip you would give?
Seconding David's answer although I actually completed the course myself. I wish I had spent much more time on strength training than the cardio side of things. Get your cardio to a reasonable capability - remember y...
I haven't done one myself, but all my mates who did it this year were smashing their running. They said that they should have concentrated more on strength training as there is a lot of waiting around for other teams...
Find an awesome team to do it with. Not mandatory as everyone around you becomes your teammates but we sure had a ton of laughs. I absolutely loved my Tough Mudder, and you will too I'm sure! :D
I'm also curious to see what people have to say. Thinking about doing my first tough mudded next year.
I know that an obstacle course event like this requires a lot of aspects and physical/mental resiliance to complete, but what has been the most important thing you learned during your training or event itself?
Scott W Might be doing a Tough Mudder for the first time next year, got a bit to go to be ready! gotta start somewhere!
Chris M Just a heads up to anyone competing this year who's not read the Worlds Toughest Mudder info pack>
laps are now 5 miles each
first lap the obstacles are all closed
it is possible to do laps without ending up in the drink( i'm not banking on this happening!)
night-time laps are from 5pm to 5am.
see you there!
9 days and counting!
Mark R Some recent pics of the Tough Mudder i completed in at the North West Tough Mudder at Chomondeley Estates on 6th October 2013. Knee's took quite a battering, enjoyed it so much that ive already signed up for next years event.
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Donna P Just posted pics of me and some great friends tackleing the Sunshine Coast Australian Tough Mudder.. We had a ball, we all had certain fears to conquer and we all smashed them.. Also did a Warrior Dash here in QLD at Kilcoy lasy year which gave us the idea that we could do TM.. Also have done 2 Maximum Adventure races here at Beerwah on the sunny coast, have decided I am an 'off road' 'xcountry' kinda gal.. But do absolutly love my swimming 1st and foremost..
Neil P I now have my official start time for my TM South West on the 21st September and a map of the course, I can't wait - bring it on!! ;-)