August 25, 2019
Chicago Rockford International Airport
https://www.mudrunguide.com/event/sunday-chicago-illinois-tough-mudder-classic-5k-2019/ Chicago Rockford International Airport, 2 Airport Circle, Rockford, IL, United States Tough Mudder email@example.com use-title true MM/DD/YYYY
Race Start Time:
The first start group will vary according to the event, usually between 8am and 9am. Individuals can request the first public wave of the day (Saturday only) by purchasing a First Mud add on. We ask you to show up 1 hour before your official start time, which you will receive via email 1-2 weeks prior to your event. There are typically 10-15 start groups running every 20 minutes.
Venue:Chicago Rockford International Airport
2 Airport Circle
Rockford, IL, United States - View Map
Distance & Course Length:
5K Course - 3 Miles, 13 Obstacles
Classic Course - 8-10 Miles, 25 Obstacles
What is Tough Mudder?
The Mudder Pledge
- We understand that Tough Mudder is not a race but a challenge.
- We put teamwork and camaraderie before our course time.
- We do not whine – kids whine.
- We help our fellow mudders complete the course.
- We overcome all fears.
Here Are the Facts:
FACT #1 - It's fun. Real fun.Bring your friends. Bring your family members. Bring that dude in your office that always shows you photos of his cat. The more the merrier. Tough Mudder is not a race, it’s a teamwork-oriented challenge that puts camaraderie over course time.
FACT #3 – Finishing feels THAT good.“Euphoria” is one word people often use to describe finishing. “Ecstasy” is another. Participating in a team event like Tough Mudder gets people in shape and out of their routines and comfort zones.
FACT #2 – You can do it. Seriously.With the right amount of training and preparation, you can complete a Tough Mudder. At the start line all Mudders pledge to help their fellow Mudders complete the course and leave no Mudder behind. You are no exception to that rule.
FACT #4 – It gets you pumped up.Once you sign up for a Tough Mudder, it’s time to start training. Tough Mudder isn’t just about event day, it’s about your entire Mudder journey--from the adrenaline rush of committing to the glory of that finish line beer.
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Registration:Visit Event Website
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Cost & Pricing:
|Classic Cost||5K Cost||Until|
|$189||$89||Friday Before Race (Online Registration Closes)|
|$199||$109||Race Weekend Registration|
The Tougher Mudder wave is an additional $30
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. We will give you a 50% discount for the second day! The discount will be applied to the lower priced 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 transfer fee, which is the difference in price. You can only transfer to events that are open for registration.|
What You Get / What's Included:
- Tough Mudder Shirt
- Hard-Earned Beer
- Orange Headband
- Tough Mudder Medal
- Bragging Rights
- Free photography
- A spot in Mudder Nation
Tough Mudder Chicago is the mud run that is packed with the most epic obstacles in the industry. The course at Rockford International Airport is smack dab in the middle of Chicago and Milwaukee, and absolutely perfect for a Tough Mudder event. You and your crew will cruise through sprawling, large open farm fields and have the best weekend of your year.
5K Course - This is no ordinary fun run. Tough Mudder 5K is an experience with 13 epic obstacles over 3 miles - and it’s coming to a Tough Mudder weekend near you. Welcome to a teamwork-focused, obstacle-crammed event topped off by the most epic Mudder Village Festival your Instagram feed has ever seen. Kick back with live entertainment, epic games and challenges, authentic local food, beer, and a never-ending supply of Mudder Nation camaraderie. Tough Mudder 5K is untimed, so there’s no pressure, no judgement and no need to train. It’s a like-minded community of people who’ve chosen to do something different with their weekend, make new friends, make memories - and have the time of their lives doing it.
Classic Course - Epic is an understatement. We’re pulling out all the stops for this return to our badass roots making 2019 a season to remember. Tough Mudder Classic is one 8-10 mile loop of mud-soaked mayhem loaded with 25 best-in-class obstacles, including 10 new or updated 2019 obstacles on Every. Single. Course. That’s right - double-digit innovation and more obstacles than ever, for maximum limit-testing. This is is your chance to get outside your comfort zone, discover what you’re made of, and cross that finish line stronger than you started.
Tougher Mudder takes our signature Tough Mudder Classic course and adds a competitive, timed twist. This first start wave on Saturday of event weekend allows Mudders to push themselves to a new level on the classic course, while still maintaining our core values of teamwork and camaraderie.
We will not release actual course details until two weeks before the event. (What, did you think we were going to give it away now?). Stay on your toes and keep training for all possible challenges – you might not know exactly what we have in store for you, but you can bank on plenty of mud, ice, and electric shocks (optional on all Classic courses). We intend to make you earn that coveted orange headband…and the ice cold beer waiting for you at the finish line.
Being a Mudder is all about taking on the obstacles in your life and the enormous sense of accomplishment that you feel when you overcome them. During the off season, we spent countless hours holed up in our Obstacle Innovation Lab with one mission: bringing you unique, exhilarating, never-before-seen obstacles with an emphasis on teamwork and adrenaline-inducing fun. In addition to some brand-spanking-new editions, we’ve also revamped and redefined our classical favorites. 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 at a Tough Mudder:
Mudderhorn - The tallest obstacle ever seen on any Tough Mudder Challenge Series course. Use teamwork to reach the net, but don’t let the vertigo drag you back down. Victory’s at the top, and every Mudder’s invited.
Black Widow - A series of 30’-long elevated tightropes suspended over water, this obstacle is all about staying sticky … like a spider web. Stick to the rope. Stick with your team. Stick to any Mudder who gets too close. Just don’t drag them down with you.
The Gauntlet - Clocking in at over 100’, this isn’t just the longest obstacle of the 2019 TMHQ season—it’s the longest obstacle we’ve built. Ever. The Gauntlet is our version of a greatest hits album -- four iconic sections, each testing something different. It’s where good Mudders find greatness and only the strongest will survive.
Augustus Gloop 2.0 - An all-time Mudder favorite, back, better and more badass than ever. How do you make this claustrophobic vertical climb extra-tough? Just add water. With high-pressure jets pouring in from every angle, it’s not just a race to the top—it’s a race against your own mind.
Leap of Faith - Sometimes, overcoming an obstacle is all about faith.And you damn well gotta have faith (in yourself) if you’re going to conquer this badass obstacle (and stay dry in the process). Run, jump and commit to clearing a 6’ water-filled gap, then grab tight to the hanging rope net and don’t let go. You’re only halfway home.
The Block Ness Monster - Only a real mudder hero could conquer this mythical beast on their own. For the rest of you it's gonna take some serious teamwork to push and pull your way through this 30' long obstacle with 60' wide rotating blocks in 4' of water.
Kiss of Mud 2.0 - Crawling over flat land with barbed wire overhead? Been there. Done that. KoM 2.0 requires Mudders to transverse a series of elevation changes, all while hugging the mud-coated ground below and avoiding the barbed wire above. Keeping your head down while sliding into deep trenches and crawling over hay bales ain’t as easy as it sounds.
Mud Mile 2.0 - 2.0 doesn’t mean it’s two miles--it just feels like it. Updated with waist-deep mud, double-high entrance and exit mounds and completely vertical mud masses, the importance of teamwork on this obstacle has never been greater. Lend a hand, take a hand; pay it forward, give it back-- this obstacle is all about going the extra mile.
Electroshock Therapy 2.0 - The electrifying crown jewel has returned as the finish obstacle on 2019 Tough Mudder courses where first time Mudders will be cheered on by spectators and Legionnaires alike to complete the 40’ run through 10,000 volts of electricity. Don’t worry if you’re not up for the shocks, this obstacle is optional for all participants.
Everest 2.0 - With an increased height and rounded top, this keystone Tough Mudder obstacle is more team-oriented than ever. Higher, and with a tougher summit to grip, getting up Everest solo has never been harder.
Funky Monkey - The Revolution - Even the most seasoned Mudders have never seen monkey bars as funky as these. The first half of the obstacle: monkey business as usual. During the second half, however, Mudders must grab a trapeze bar, swing onto a descending pipe and shimmy hand-over-hand to the finish.
Arctic Enema - The Rebirth - A nerve-wracking update to Tough Mudder’s signature ice bath obstacle, Arctic Enema - The Rebirth forces Mudders down a short slide, under a chain-link fence, and into freezing cold ice water. Once submerged, Mudders must boost themselves and fellow Mudders over a wood partition in the middle of the vessel before emerging victorious.
Berlin Walls - A long-standing Tough Mudder original, these super-sturdy 10-foot walls put camaraderie and teamwork to the ultimate test. Home to many a bottom boost and helping hand, no Mudder will be left on the outskirts of these towering timbers.
Hold Your Wood - What was once a tiresome trudge with a log on your shoulder is now a 4 to 8 Mudder test of timber-toting, troubleshooting teamwork. For a stretch of course, Mudders must band together and carry a massive log over, under and through walls while ensuring no Mudder gets left behind.
5+ Water & First Aid Stations
Tougher Mudder takes our signature Tough Mudder Classic course and adds a competitive, timed twist. This first start wave of Saturday of event weekend allows Mudders to push themselves to a new level on the classic course, while still maintaining our core values of teamwork and camaraderie.
This gets you access to the first wave of the day, an official course time, and more
As of 2019, there is no longer cash prizes for this wave
Just like in a sports stadium, Tough Mudder spectators and fans energize our Mudders-- that’s why we offer discounted tickets for spectators who register before event day. Encourage Mudders as they muster the courage to run through 10,000 volts of electricity at Electroshock Therapy. Explore and enjoy our action-packed base area featuring music, refreshments, sponsor activations. This year, being a spectator at Tough Mudder is now nearly as exciting as running one. Spectator registrations for those who are 21+ will include a free beer, where legally applicable.
Spectator registration is available online for $20 until Friday at midnight before event weekend or $25 onsite. Spectators 12 and under are free, unless they are participating in Mini Mudder, which requires its own registration.
We will send out this information on parking in our participant information packet 1-2 weeks before your event. Parking costs vary per event, but the participant information packet will confirm extra details. Buy in advance to save a few bucks.
You just conquered 8-10 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. 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 hard earned 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
What’s happenin’ at the Mudder Village Festival?
- Tons of beer available for purchase & consumption
- Rockin' Music
- Lawn games and workout challenges
Tough Mudder Kid's Race - Mini Mudder
Tough Mudder ain’t just for adults anymore. This year, every course in the US will feature a Mini Mudder obstacle course, a one-mile kid-friendly obstacle course comprised of four quarter mile laps for children aged 5 to 12 and 42 inches tall and over.
Mini Mudder (Tough Mudder for kids) gives children a chance to test their fitness and team-building skills just like a real Tough Mudder. On course, kids will shimmy their way through Secret Agent Squeeze, trounce through Tunnel of Terror and aim for the top of Mini Everest. Once they conquer all the obstacles, they’ll earn a Mini Mudder headband to wear with pride, just like the real thing.
Children who meet the height and age requirements may participate with the purchase of a Mini Mudder ticket, and must be accompanied by a parent or guardian holding their own Spectator ticket. Both tickets will also grant access to the additional amenities in the Mini Mudder Village. And oh, yes: Don’t forget their sneakers and a change of clothes.
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 events are designed to test all round fitness. However, fitness alone will not get you through 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 bypass any possible 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 official prizing 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 to a Tough Mudder?
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.
Join our team of Tough Mudder Volunteers (MVPs) and create a life-changing experience for yourself and others. As an added bonus, all MVPs get up to 100% off (yes, that’s right) a future Tough Mudder.
Are the 10-12 mile Tough Mudder® courses somehow not enough for you? World’s Toughest Mudder is the culminating event of the Tough Mudder calendar and takes the concept of being a Tough Mudder to a whole new level. This extreme competition puts the world’s most hardcore Mudders℠ through a grueling 24-hour challenge designed to find the toughest man, woman, and 4-person team on the planet.
If you’re crazy enough to think that 24 hours of torture sounds like fun, then you’re eligible.
Previously, we’ve asked people to qualify by submitting their times from a Tough Mudder during the season. But the fact is that this year, you’re not going to be competing on a normal Tough Mudder course – we’re going to be feeding you something even more intense, with more obstacles per mile. So how fast you can run isn’t as important – what really matters is how much pain you can push through.
Create a team of friends, family and co-workers or run solo and let all of Mudder Nation be your team. As Tough Mudder is a team-centric event focused on camaraderie over course time, most Mudders choose to recruit a team to make event day more fun and help them through the obstacles. You can form a team after you register.
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.
Redefine team building by getting out of the conference room and into the mud with TOUGH MUDDER GROUP AND CORPORATE TEAM PACKAGES. If you’re looking to bond your team in the most unconventionally awesome way possible, running a Tough Mudder as a team is a surefire way to do it.
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