One of the joys of running a new event series that promises to bring obstacles to a new level and enhance the competition of the event like we haven’t seen before is that we don’t know what we’re getting into. It’s like jumping off a 37ft cliff: it’s scary, but we’ll survive somehow. As a data scientist and detail-oriented person, however, I try to maximize our performance by controlling what I can control.
Tougher Mudder, the newest addition to the Tough Mudder brand brings competitive racing to the longtime obstacle racing brand. Tough Mudder was hinted at earlier this year but today the official release and information regarding the competitive heat for the action sports company. This year Tough Mudder will give away over $350,000 in prize money at Tougher Mudder.
This week, Tough Mudder announces new sponsorship and new event distance, Spartan Race Announces, Bear Grylls event canceled, Mud Hero Announces Concrete Rush, and Survival Runners raising money for clean water.
Today, Tough Mudder announced a new offering to their event line-up with the announcement of Tough Mudder 5k. Tough Mudder 5k is set to be an urban version of the event series with ten of the best Tough Mudder obstacles showcased at Nissan Stadium on August 12, 2017.
Vega® and Tough Mudder officially announced yesterday a new partnership for 2017. Vega will be the official protein shake partner at Tough Mudder and Tough Mudder Half events according to the press release put out yesterday. Vega and their plant-based products will be available at races for athletes to sample.
OCR News Weekly – Feb-16-2017 – Toughest Mudder Rule Changes, Spartan Race AGOGE, Urban Trials Takes Over BattleFrog Social Media and Your Race Results
OCR News Weekly recaps the top news stories from around the obstacle racing industry. This week, Tough Mudder makes changes to Toughest Mudder rules, Marena Sports partners with Conquer the Gauntlet, The Urban Trails acquires BattleFrog Social channels, Spartan Race’s AGOGE 004, and race results from around the globe.
January 2017 marked the end of an era as the Tough Guy Race in the UK put on its last event. In reading about it and watching videos I began thinking about the idea of “Toughness” and how this notion of being “tough” or at least trying to teach this attribute has actually spawned the entire industry of obstacle racing (OCR). In fact, this belief that an OCR is basically a sport of suffering is eloquently described in detail in Scott Keneally’s documentary Rise of the Sufferfests. Tough Mudder has doubled, actually quadrupled down on this idea with their creation of the Tougher Mudder, Toughest Mudder, and the World’s Toughest Mudder events. The question is what does it really mean to be “tough”?
The official rules for Toughest Mudder have been announced! We have less than 40 days until the first event, so now we’re shaping up for the competitions. It’s time to look in detail at the prize structure and what they’re offering/requiring for Toughest and World’s Toughest this year. Let’s jump into it.
Melissa is in a few words a loud and proud woman in the OCR community. Many of us know her as Sharkbait but how many of us actually know her? It’s never easy as a newer writer in the OCR community to reach out to amazing athletes such as Melissa, but I was floored when I sent her a message on facebook and she agreed to let me interview her.
From surviving a road biking accident that left her with many broken bones, to nursing her children while on the course it seems like there is nothing that Allison can’t or won’t do. I have the honor of interviewing her for this piece, as everyone has their “layers”. Allison is a super nice person, but when it comes down to her coaching and training, she is not afraid to push you outside of your comfort zone.