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Chicago Illinois Tough Mudder 2013
May 18, 2013
Seneca Hunt Club
1 West Union Street, Seneca, IL, United States
The first start group will vary according to the event, usually between 8am and 9am. Individuals can request a particular start time when registering, and team captains will decide the start time for their team. We ask you to show up 2 hours before your official start time, which you will recieve via email 1-2 weeks prior to your event. There are typically 10-15 start groups running every 20 minutes. The time of the first start group will vary according to the event.
Venue:Seneca Hunt Club
1 West Union Street
Seneca, IL, United States - View Map
Total course is approximately 10-12 miles and will take most people around 3 hours
|Overview||Probably the Toughest Event on the Planet, Worldwide locations|
|Events||(35) 2012, (70) 2013|
|Upcoming||See all upcoming events at the bottom of the page.|
|Signature Obstacle||Everest, a slicked half-pipe that participants have to scale.|
|Hardest Obstacle||That depends on you. If the last time you swam involved bubbles, then the water obstacles might do you in. If you have hallucinations of a terrible death in small spaces, well then some obstacles may leave you rocking in a corner sucking your thumb. Rest assured, we are always looking for new ways to root out your weaknesses and exploit.|
|Penalties||Nope. If plunging 15 feet into freezing cold water in Walk the Plank isn’t up your alley or running through live wires in Electroshock Therapy isn’t your idea of a good time, then that's up to you - especially if you can't swim or have a heart condition. (We don't, after all, get the same satisfaction when Mudders get hurt.) But not to fear, there are plenty of other ways for us to ruthlessly pound you into submission.|
Tough Mudder events are hardcore 10-12 mile obstacle courses designed by British 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 and raised more than $3 million dollars for the Wounded Warrior Project.
Tough Mudder courses aren't a test of how quickly you can push yourself to the limit—the goal is to finish - and the word "race" does not apply. The only things to "beat" are your fears, and the only thing to "win" is a free beer. Unlike other events out there, Tough Mudder isn’t about keeping score—or time—and it's definitely not about taking life too seriously. Our events encourage participants to enjoy themselves, even when their asses are being handed to them.
Our followers have dubbed Tough Mudder "Burning Man Meets Iron Man" for good reason, and it's not just because we've made kicking ass a high art. Stretching over 10 to 12 miles of uneven terrain, extreme temperatures, icy water, and mud, with obstacles designed by British Special Forces, our events are specially designed to test your all-around strength, stamina, and mental grit. Like any endurance challenge worth its salt, Tough Mudder doesn't do mercy, but where it stands alone is throwing down against the monotonous, unimaginative, soul-sucking events out there that call for racing a clock in the name of glory and knee replacements. Instead, we encourage Mudders to work together to dominate whatever hurdles we throw their way. Whether it's hoisting one another over a lubed-up quarter pipe or buddying up for laps in frigid water, Tough Mudder is all about being there for one another. But don't worry, that warm and fuzzy feeling isn't your inner stone-cold killer wimping out, it's probably the next obstacle that we've set on fire. When Will Dean founded Tough Mudder, he wanted to create an event that was serious about bringing the pain but didn't take itself too seriously. Camaraderie is just a big a part of the challenge as the obstacles themselves. Mudders are encouraged to compete in teams and can help themselves to free Mohawks and mullets care of some very handy barbers at the starting line. And after participants have left it all on the course, we happily treat them to a free beer, a chance to spring for Tough Mudder tattoos, and the Tough Mudder Most Respect Awards to celebrate those completing the event while overcoming illness, injury, or major life obstacles.
Just because we fully support having a good time, though, doesn't mean we’re soft. You need to be in good condition to take down a Tough Mudder. We pride ourselves on being equal-opportunity purveyors of pain, so we'll push your buttons you no matter your gender, shape, size, or current level of fitness. But though we're not above making you weep for salvation, we're not looking to scar you for life. Tough Mudder is about pushing your boundaries and putting a notch in your physical-challenge belt. So while some Mudders are ultra-marathoners and others are zero-body fat gym rats, most are regular people who are looking to take their training to the next level and have a fun time while doing it. This is also an adventure course that makes you feel good—at least on the inside. We are proud to support the Wounded Warrior Project and offer a $25 refund to any participants who raise $150 or more for the cause. We've raised more than $2.5 mission to support the thousands of soldiers returning from the battlefield who are in need of combat stress recovery programs, adaptive sports, benefits counseling, education and employment services, and other programs that aid their healing of the mind, body, and spirit.
FACT #1 – Marathon running is 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 British 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 lame-ass mud runs are more stressful than fun. Not Tough Mudder. As hardcore as our courses are, we meet you at the finish line with a beer, a laugh, and a rockin’ 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 ridiculous 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.
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|$95||$85||August 18th, 2012|
|$105||$95||August 31st, 2012|
|$115||$105||November 8th, 2012|
|$125||$115||December 6th, 2012|
|$135||$125||January 17th, 2013|
|$145||$135||April 18th, 2013|
|$180||$170||May 10th, 2013 (registration closes)|
We do not issue refunds, regardless of circumstance, nor do we issue partial refunds, as per company policy and the terms & conditions that are agreed to by each participant during registration.
|AS ALWAYS: If you are seriously tough, and you want to enter both days, register for both and then email us at [email protected] We will give you a 50% discount for the second day!|
|We cannot make edits to registrations within 16 days of the event. There is a mandatory $15 insurance fee with every registration.|
|You can switch to a different day within your event (Sat to Sun or vice versa) or to a different event. In each case there is a $30 transfer fee, plus additional ticket price increases. You can only transfer to events that are open for registration and no transfers can be made within 18-days of the registered event date.|
What You Get:
- Official Tough Mudder Under Armour Shirt
- Hard-Earned Beer
- Orange Headband
- Bragging Rights
- Live Music at the post party
Being a Mudder is all about taking on the obstacles in your life and the enourmous sense of accomplishment that you feel when you overcome them. To get a taste of the types of mental, physical, and emotional challenges that a Tough Mudder course will put you through, here is a list of some obstacles you may encounter:
Arctic Enema: This obstacle is all about mental grit. Many athletes use ice baths for recovery, but you’ll have a difficult time relaxing your muscles in this frigid dumpster. First you must bravely jump into Big Mudder’s floating iceberg abyss. Once submerged, find the mental and physical strength to swim through the ice, under a wooden plank and pull yourself out on the other end before you become hypothermic.
Bale Bonds: Hurl yourself over (or through) a stack of hay bales – and watch out for the pitchfork inside! You’ll need a strong core to get over this mountain and help your teammates complete this obstacle. The hay bales present a unique challenge with an uneven surface and loose hay making it difficult for Mudders to get a good grip while climbing. Once you get to the top, help Mudders behind you by giving them a hand! You can train for Bale Bonds by strengthening your core with planks, side planks and dips.
Ball Shrinker: This obstacle earned its name because it’s almost impossible to conquer without getting at least half submerged into an icy pool of water. Mudders must cross a body of water with just one rope overhead to hold, and another below to walk on. The rope is slippery, and tends to get water-logged causing it to sag deeper and deeper into the water as the day goes on. This obstacle requires mental grit and persistence to successfully complete. Forget about trying to keep your jewels warm, just suck it up and Mudder on.
Berlin Walls: This obstacle relies on teamwork. Scale three 12′ wooden walls with the help of your teammates, strategically placed for when you are at your weakest during the event. While some Mudders have worked up the strength to ascend the walls alone, most need a boost from a fellow Mudder — they got your back, literally.
Boa Constrictor: If you don’t like small spaces, this obstacle will be a challenge for you. Crawl through a series of pipes that force you on a downhill into some freezing mud, then a slippery uphill to the other side. Your legs will be useless in the narrow confines of the Boa, so use your arms to pull yourself through this obstacle. There really is light at the end of the tunnel.
Braveheart Charge: Charge onto the Tough Mudder course with a start wave full of pumped-up Mudders. Battle cries are essential! The Braveheart Charge marks the beginning of every Tough Mudder obstacle course. Some courses navigate straight up a hill or mountain as soon as Mudders exit the start area. It’s up to you to decide whether you want to charge full-steam ahead or use the slow & steady approach. The Mudders go marching one by one, ooh rah.
Cliffhanger: Cliff Hanger is an obstacle all about teamwork and camaraderie: a 40+ foot cliff of slippery mud angled at 45-degrees. The Cliff always begins with good intenions: a muddy sprint up onto the slope and transitions into a crawl with handholds and footholds in short supply. Beware if you attempt this obstacle alone, your futile verticle scramble will likely turn into an uncontrolled slide back down into the mudpit below. Successful Mudders will form a chain link of fellow participants slowly inching up the slope. If you want to train for Cliff Hanger you should find the biggest hill near your house, measure it, then drive until you get to a hill twice as steep.
Devil’s Beard: A cargo net fastened to the ground that Mudders must pass underneath. Try as you might, you will get caught up in this annoyingly low cargo net. Teamwork is essential to get through this obstacle, otherwise you’ll be forced down to the ground by the weight of the cargo net. On some courses, Devil’s Beard is placed on an uphill, adding gravity to the already strong forces pushing you downward.
Dirty Ballerina: Leap with the grace of a black swan muddily over our 4-foot-wide mud pits. 4 feet may not sound challenging at first, but the tracks of leaping Mudders will erode the mud pits into wide, jagged-edged muddy gaps. Should your inner ballerina stumble, as she often can, you’ll find yourself submerged in a mud pit and calling your teammates for an assist.
Electric Eel: Mudders frequently forget about this obstacle since they’re so focused on Electroshock Therapy – but they shouldn’t. Slide on your belly through frigid water or, even worse, a layer of ice and beware of the shocks overhead. Should you try to crawl on your knees, you’ll be smacked with live wires and your body will compulsively contort. Be sure to protect your head, otherwise you might experience what Big Mudder calls a brain reboot.
Electroshock TherapySprint through a field of live wires — some carrying as much as 10,000 volts of electric shock. Watch out for hay bales and deep mud, or you will face-plant into some electrifying mud. Some Mudders try to stealthily wind their way through the wires without getting shocked, while others barrel forward to get through as quickly as possible. Either way, you are guaranteed to get zapped with as much as 10,000 volts of electricity and it does NOT tickle. This is typically the last obstacle Mudders must overcome before they cross the finish line.
Everest: Snowboarders and skate boarders have the half-pipe. Mudders have a real obstacle: Everest. A quarter-pipe that you’ll have to sprint up and enlist the help of other Mudders to hurl you over this beastly summit. Everest is coated in mud and grease, a combination which will likely send you right back from where you came. Call upon other Mudders to catch you as you run up the quarter-pipe or work together to form a human chain so that you can scale someone’s shoulders to finally summit Everest.
Fire Walker: As the name of the obstacle implies, you’ll be running through a trench of blazing, kerosene-soaked straw. You can expect flames at least 4 feet tall. While the flames might seem like the most intimidating aspect of this obstacle, Mudders often forget that with fire comes smoke. Take a deep breath before you enter this obstacle because believe us, you don’t want your lungs full of this thick smoke. Build up your lung capacity while training for Tough Mudder or you’ll be forced to inhale some nasty carcinogens.
Funky Monkey: Sure monkey bars were easy when you were 5 years old, but you’ll need to hold on extra tight to these. Some have been greased with our finest mixture of mud and butter and if you slip you’ll fall into an icy pond below. Bars are spaced 1.5 feet apart and you will be on an incline upward for the first half of the Monkey and then descending downward for the second portion. Seasoned Mudders keep their arms bent at a 90-degree angle and bicycle-kick their legs to gain momentum.
Gauntlet: Prepare to feel like you’re at a South American political demonstration as you get high-pressure hosed from both sides while climbing a steep, muddy incline. Usually, Mudders are already soaked to the bone and quite cold when entering the Gauntlet. This obstacle is as mentally challenging as it is physically, and definitely contributes to the “Tough” in Tough Mudder.
Glacier: The concept is simple: summit a frigid glacier. Your hands and feet will freeze while you try climb this big-ass pile of snow and ice. The longer you take, the colder you’ll get. Try to move quickly to preserve warmth and mobility in your extremities!
Greased Lightning: Have some fun sliding down this massive slippery slope into a frigid, muddy pool of water at the bottom. On some courses, Greased Lightning is built on a snowy hill making for some literally cold-ass Mudders. Inflatable inner-tubes and pool toys are welcome! Real Mudders go head first.
Hangin’ Tough: Swing Tarzan-style across a series of hanging rings suspended over a pool of ice-cold water. Rings are placed 4 to 6 feet apart. It is important to maintain momentum and coordination while swinging across this series of rings. A strong grip and precise coordination are required to complete this obstacle successfully.
Hold Your Wood: Make like a lumberjack and carry a heavy log through a section of the Tough Mudder course. If the course is flat, expect to be lugging your log for at least 1/2 mile. If the area is hilly or mountainous, get friendly with your wood because you’ll be hauling it up a steep and challenging ascent.
Kiss of Mud: Eat dirt as you crawl commando-style under barbed wire set 8 inches from the ground. This obstacle is true to it’s name – Mudders must belly-crawl through mud in order to avoid getting snagged by the barbed wire above. On some courses, the Kiss of Mud is set on an uphill, increasing the level of difficulty. To prepare for this obstacle, start crawling in any mud you come across, or, do our Tough plank series (alternating low & high planks – fast!).
Log Bog Jog: Jump over and crawl under large logs strewn across the course. This may not sound very difficult, but with fatigued muscles and logs placed at varying heights, the Log Bog Jog has proven to be a challenge for Mudders. To prepare for this obstacle, find a bunch of fallen trees to scale & crawl underneath. If you don’t have an abundance of fallen trees nearby to train with, belly-bombers (also known as burpees) will suffice.
Mud Mile: Slosh through up to a mile of waist-deep sludge as you try not to lose your shoes in the mud. Balance and coordination are required if you want to make it through this obstacle without face-planting… but what’s the fun in that? Real Mudders eat mud for breakfast. On some courses, Mudders will encounter obstructions throughout Mud Mile that require them to fully submerge in the mud to slosh onward.
Spiders Web: Crawl like a spider up and over a cargo net suspended between two trees – keep a good grip or you will fall into a tangled web (er, cargo net) below! The net is fastened with tension at the top only, leaving the bottom of the net loose and unsteady. Teamwork has proven to be very helpful for successfully completing this obstacle. Mudders will pull the bottom of the net towards the ground to create tension so their teammates can climb with balance and control.
Trench Warfare: This military-style obstacle requires Mudders to crawl through narrow, dark, muddy trenches. Watch out for rocks, obstructions, and the occasional splash of muddy water from the Mudder crawling ahead. We advise all Mudders to move quickly through this obstacle to reduce the risk of contracting gangrene or trench foot. These trenches will test the stamina and mental grit of all Mudders, especially those who fear dark, confined spaces.
Turd’s Nest: Crawl over this suspended cargo net – make sure you don’t fall! Watch out for raging rivers, barbed wire or Mudders running below. The cargo net can feel unsteady and Mudders risk getting limbs tangled in the ropes if they fall through the gaps. Balance and coordination are required to successfully complete this obstacle.
Twinkle Toes: This obstacle’s not as easy as it sounds. Call upon your inner chi to maintain balance and carefully traverse a narrow wooden beam or risk falling in yet another ice-laden pond. Mudders are known not only for their strength and stamina, but also for their balance and agility. Just remember to breathe.
Underwater Tunnels:Bob underneath rows of floating barrels as you battle the frigid water temperatures. This obstacle requires mental grit, as extreme cold can be as challenging mentally as it is physically. Focus on breathing, and move quickly through the water to complete the Underwater Tunnels and warm up once you are ashore. You can prepare for this obstacle by swimming in ice-cold bodies of water, or taking cold showers. Try to regulate your breathing and control your heart rate in order to acclimate your body to cold water conditions.
Walk The Plank: Test your fear of heights and cold all in one with our 15+ feet high jump into freezing water. Mudders like to display their fancy diving skills (or belly-flops) at this obstacle. Don’t spend too much time pondering your leap – Marines at the top of the platform will chew you out, or worse, push you into the freezing depths below.
5+ Water & First Aid Stations
Tough Mudder Respect Awards
Special awards are given to participants who have completed the race after overcoming serious illness, injury or misfortune.
Best costume — Most Bad-Ass (winner wins a season pass)
Worst costume — Most Dumb-Ass
Least Clothing — Most Ass
Most Likely To Have Been In The Village People
Toughest Mullet & Toughest Mohawk
Participants can either arrive on event day with a mullet or take advantage of the free head shave. Those with the best mullets & mohawks will be invited to take to the stage, and prizes will be awarded to the best!
There are no monetary prizes at Tough Mudder. However, the top 5% of all finishers will qualify for World’s Toughest Mudder to be held in 2012.
Spectator Tickets are available online for $20 until the Friday before the Tough Mudder event. They will be sold for $40 onsite – buy your spectator tickets now
We will send out this information on parking in our participant information packet 1-2 weeks before your event. We usually charge $10/car for most events, but the participant information packet will confirm extra details.
You just conquered 10-12 miles of Big Mudder’s wrath – the only
obstacle between you and the finish line is Electroshock Therapy. You
pause to gather your cojones, then try to run through the live wires
without getting shocked (impossible). You get repeatedly zapped with
10,000 volts of electricity, and it does NOT tickle. After dropping your
fair share of f-bombs, you cross the finish line. You’re greeted with
an orange headband, a high-five and a Dos Equis beer.
You have just completed Tough Mudder, and you are among the elite group who have the honor of saying they’ve conquered probably the toughest event on the plantet. What do you do next…?
Tough Mudder Post Party
Whats happenin’ at the Base Area & Post Party?
- A rockin' band will be playing some awesome music
- Tons of Dos Equis beer available for purchase & consumption
- Carnival of Tough - Get pumped before and after you hit the course with our Celebrity Keg Toss (See if you’re tough enough to take on Fabio!) Earning a well-deserved beer in the process only makes it better, huh?
- Awards Ceremonies
At most events, Tough Mudder will be offering tattoos of our bad-ass logo to all finishers who want to commemorate their epic achievement. Once you get inked, fill out a tattoo registration entry form to get free entry into a Tough Mudder event of your choice! Please note: some venues don’t allow tattoos on-site. If this is the case, we encourage participants to get Tough Mudder tattoos at local tattoo parlors.
Tough Mudder is a proud supporter of the Wounded Warrior Project. To date, Tough Mudder participants have raised approximately $3 million to support thousands of warriors returning from the battlefield. Every dollar raised is well spent: Providing combat stress recovery programs, Adaptive sports programs, Benefits counseling, and Employment services. And these are only a few examples of the programs offered to our injured veterans! These programs and services aid in brave Americans’ transition from service-connected injury to civilian life. We host a team of Wounded Warriors in every Tough Mudder event, just to remind everyone what the definition of the word ‘bad-ass’ really means. Look for participants carrying the Wounded Warrior Project flag at our events!
Tough Mudder is not a race. A Tough Mudder event is a personal challenge — the goal is simply to complete the course. This is why we do not time people and why we try to avoid using the word ‘race’ when describing our events. This is a critical tenet of our philosophy and our pledge.
Tough Mudder doesn’t have elite start times. If you are a competitive participant, select the first start wave on Saturday when you register for an event, and this is where the most badass Mudders start.
Because TMHQ has received inquiries asking whether or not women can participate, we would like to make it clear that women are strongly encouraged to register, and that 25% of all registrants are female.
For insurance and legal reasons, ALL participants in the United States must be 18 years old on the day of the Event. All participating in an event in Canada must be 19-years old on the day of the Event. Because of insurance and legal issues, we cannot make any exceptions, nor can a parental waiver be signed.
Tough Mudder events are designed to test all round fitness. However, fitness alone will not get you round the course. You will also need mental endurance to complete the course and overcome the obstacles. You will need to train beforehand
Tough Mudder recommends that all participants possess basic swimming fundamentals and be skilled to not only tread water but also prepared to swim a minimum distance of 25-30 feet. Also, we suggest that persons with limited swimming ability to bypass the deep water parts of the course, as basic swimming skills are essential for the safe completion of these obstacles.
Tough Mudder is not supposed to be about getting a faster time than your buddy, so it’s fine by us if you want to skip an obstacle. The way we see it, you are there to have fun and get a real sense of achievement at the end. If you think a particular obstacle isn’t going to do this for you, just go around it – no shame there. However, if you are skipping an obstacle just to improve your time, then we think you are only cheating yourself. You paid to do the course – why not actually do it? Obviously, though, for some who participate there is a real element of competition involved in the event, so we do say that to qualify for a winners’s prize or for the World’s Toughest Mudder competition you must have completed all the obstacles.
All children under the age of 10 are allowed free entrance onto the site.
For health & safety reasons, you are not allowed to bring your pets to Tough Mudder.
All participants will have the opportunity to be hosed down by volunteer firemen after finishing the course. At some venues, there will also be a shower option available.
What to wear?
Shoes – normal running shoes. Cleats won’t help – in fact they’ll be worse on your feet and are dangerous for the other participants.
Clothes – lightweight stuff that dries quickly. Even if it’s a cold day, heavy or thick clothing will just retain water and make you colder. You should also bring a change of clothes for after the event so you can enjoy the post party.
Gloves – this one is more debatable. Some people swear by them, others prefer to go glove-less (faster drying). If you go with gloves, be sure to grab tough, thick ones to prevent burns from the ropes and splinters from the walls.
A watch – if you care about knowing your time. It’s on you to time yourself.
Photo ID – You MUST bring a photo ID. We cannot stress this enough.
Copy of your confirmation email.
You team can be as big as you want. We have no minimum or maximum team size. You can continue adding members to your team until registration is sold
out. 2-4 weeks after the event, RaceIt will send a $5 refund to members
of teams with 6+ people, $10 refunds to members of teams with 11-20
people, and $20 to members of teams with more than 20 people.
All teams that register together will be placed in the same start wave. If team members register late or as an individual and then switch to a team, Tough Mudder cannot guarantee that he/she will start at the same time as his/her team.
Team members can choose to run the course at their own pace, but some might say “where is the camaraderie in that?” Or, “run and finish collectively as a group, now that’s tough!” However, we at Tough Mudder leave this decision at each team member’s sole discretion.
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