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”?
Stefanie Bishop is nothing but amazing. It is not an easy task by any means to win the World's Toughest Mudder event, but this lady did it with grace, honesty and a fire in her belly. I watched her race rather closely this year and saw nothing short of raw emotion when she got to take home the win. Through this interview, I learned more about Stefanie and her true spirit for OCR.
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.
This morning members of Tough Mudder's Mudder Nation rejoiced as they opened their emails this morning to receive last minute early pricing deals on World's Toughest Mudder 2017. Past emails have been sent to participants but this email included the most important and until now secret - the location. According to the email, this morning Tough Mudder is returning to Lake Las Vegas in 2017.
An epic endurance race of incredible distances in harsh conditions, although filmed weeks earlier the rest of America is just getting a glimpse of it now. Unknown to many, this event has been going on for years attracting local participants as well as those from across the globe. This year is different, though. It is the first year televised, but not just by any television channel; a primary network has picked it up for airing.
It turns out that as innovative and cool as they are, the biggest obstacles are rarely the ones on the course, even at an event like the World's Toughest Mudder. Instead, they're the physical and mental obstacles we bring with us. I am proud that I managed to conquer a few of these myself out there in the desert.
World's Toughest Mudder took place in Lake Las Vegas recently. The company debuted some of the new obstacles for 2017 at the event, and Tough Mudder continues to push the envelope on innovative obstacles. Another aspect of the company that Tough Mudder continues to innovate is its coverage.
World's Toughest Mudder is in the books for 2016! Tomorrow marks the formal award ceremonies and brunch were top athletes will receive prizes, kettlebells, and some fo those coveted orange blazers. Until then it is time to revisit the last thirty or so hours in the desert with some of the most inspiring and crazy people around.
Mud Run Guide is on the ground for comprehensive coverage of the 2016 World's Toughest Mudder. While racing does not start until Saturday at noon the WTM festivities have already begun in Lake Las Vegas. Today athletes checked in and set up their pit areas. The excitement in the air was palpable the start is less than a day away.
Mud Run Guide is on the ground fro comprehensive coverage of the 2016 World's Toughest Mudder. While racing does not start until Saturday at noon the WTM festivities have already begun in Lake Las Vegas. Today started with a press conference and media course walkthrough, finishing the day with the annual S-A-W-C-K party at Camp Rhino put on by Matty Gregg and benefiting Saint Baldricks. We give you highlights of the day below.