Tough Mudder Allowing Votes for Favorite Obstacles To Appear in 2018

 

TOUGH MUDDER OPENS OBSTACLE “VAULT” FOR 2018 SEASON

Tough Mudder will be releasing an obstacle archive known as “The Vault” for the 2018 season. Does this make anyone else think of Disney? Will these obstacles only come around once every 50 years?? What is this vault, you ask?! The Tough Mudder vault will include “blueprints, design renderings, whiteboard drawings, retired challenges and more of the 200+ obstacles designed by Tough Mudder’s industry-leading innovation obstacle lab today. Mudder Nation will be able to find info on such classics as Ballshrinker and Dingleberries as well as unique obstacles such as Hot Shots and Massive Turd that only appeared on the course one time.”

“Tough Mudder will begin to disclose on “Mudder Leaks” at https://toughmudder.com/tough-mudder-obstacles-2018 from now through December 31st, iconic obstacles, and files from “The Vault.” The remaining roster of possible “Vault” obstacles will be revealed on January. 11, 2018 when, for the first time in Tough Mudder history, Mudders will then be able to vote online that day on which obstacles they would like to see back on course in 2018. In addition these classic “Vault” obstacles, Tough Mudder will be debuting brand new obstacles for the new 2018 season on January 11th as well.”

We know that Tough Mudder loves to innovate with new obstacles that test us more than we can imagine while we silently chuckle at the cheeky names Will and his crew like to bestow upon these ball-busters.

“The first historic Tough Mudder obstacle from “The Vault” announced today on MudderLeaks at https://toughmudder.com/tough-mudder-obstacles-2018 is Human Gecko. This classic obstacle tested participants upper body strength while navigating across two walls decorated with rock climbing hand grips – all while dangling over a water pit.

While the information released from “The Vault” is unpredictable, key dates to visit the website for information include Nov. 23, Dec. 7 and Dec. 21. Follow @ToughMudder on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, and follow hashtag #MudderLeaks for additional “Vault” secrets. And check out this video on Youtube: https://youtu.be/QTMXsHQq8mM.

In addition to hints from the Vault, Mudders looking to get the inside track on more obstacle secrets should tune-in live to ToughMudder.com and the Tough Mudder Live Show Page on Facebook (Editor’s Note: where our own, Matt B. Davis will be commentating) on Nov. 11th and 12th. The 24 Hour race is considered one of the most extreme endurance events in the world and, with an unprecedented 1,600+ competitors from 21 countries participating this year, is the ultimate Tough Mudder obstacle testing ground. World’s Toughest Mudder features a five-mile loop course, containing diverse desert terrain, steep hills, mud pits and more than 20 obstacles – some might even be “Vault” leaks – which can only be found in this 24-hour, timed event.

The complete World’s Toughest Mudder Livestream schedule with more than 14 hours of programming is as follows:

  • World’s Toughest Mudder Day 1 Kick Off:
    • Saturday, Nov. 11th, 11 am PST to 5 pm PST (2 pm EST to 8 pm EST)
  • World’s Toughest Mudder Midnight Special:
    • Sunday, Nov. 12th, 12 am PST to 1 am PST (3 am to 4 am EST)
  • World’s Toughest Mudder Day 2 Finish:
    • Sunday, Nov. 12th: 7 am PST to 2 pm PST (10 am to 5 pm EST)

 

If one misses the Facebook Live Show, Mudders are encouraged to watch The World’s Toughest Mudder one-hour special on CBS on Dec. 23 at 12 p.m. ET.

To experience the industry’s best obstacles, purchase 2018 tickets by visiting toughmudder.com now through Nov. 10 for 50 percent off event day prices.

 

About Tough Mudder:

Founded in 2010 with the launch of the Tough Mudder obstacle course event series, Tough Mudder Inc. has become a leading global sports, active lifestyle and media brand. With more than 3 million participants, the company hosts more than 130 non-competitive (Mini Mudder; Tough Mudder 5K, Tough Mudder Half, and Tough Mudder Full) and competitive (Tougher, Toughest, Tough Mudder X and World’s Toughest Mudder) events annually in 11 countries including China, Dubai, Indonesia, and Australia through its partnerships with IMG, Seroja and Sports Media and Entertainment 360 (SME360). The company’s content arm provides the more than millions of engaged online brand enthusiasts with fitness, nutrition and wellness content delivered daily across social and digital platforms. Tough Mudder broadcast, OTT and Live Stream programming can be seen worldwide through partnerships with CBS Sports, Facebook, Sky Sports, The CW Network and ESPN Media Distribution. Other sponsorship and distribution partners include Merrell, Amazon, KILL CLIFF, Jeep, Aflac, Guinness, Vega, Samsung, Olympus, Lucozade Sport, Nexcare, For Goodness Shakes, Bosch, TREK, Head & Shoulders, L’Oreal Men Expert, Käserei Loose, Snapchat and Live Stream.”

 

What obstacles are you hoping will appear on Tough Mudder courses in 2018? Any particular obstacles that you miss, or even ones that you hope never show up on a course again? Let us know in the comments here or on Facebook!

 

This Will Be The Best World’s Toughest Mudder Ever.

The first World’s Toughest Mudder took place 6 years ago. Few in the world knew it was happening, and  a rare 800 some at the start line were prepared for what they would face.

The event was December 17, 2011 at Raceway Park, NJ.

Yep. December. In New Jersey.

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Preparation was such a mystery that most of those 800 some people froze when the sun went down. 700 plus went back to their tents, and never came back out. Junyong Pak and Juliana Sproles emerged as the first champions and a new era had been launched in OCR.

Each year since, Nolan Kombol and countless others from TMHQ have grown and evolved this event with creativity, heart, and innovation. Would you believe at one point there wasn’t a team category? Would you believe pit crews were once verbotten? What if I told you that penalties the first year meant standing in one place for several minutes? What about when arctic enema was the penalty for almost everything in 2012? Anyone remember the golden carabiner?

I’ve been thrilled to have had a front row seat at every event since 2012 as media and/or participant and I can tell you that this will be the most competitive and exciting race we have ever seen.

Call it a “What To Watch”. Call it a “Who’s Who”.

I call it “The Best WTM To Date”.

Let’s start with the men first. Also, please note the use of the word “contender” in the post is the “dictionary definition” and is not meant to be ironic.

MEN

 

Ryan Atkins and Jon Albon

Contenders

Jon Albon
Ryan Atkins
Robert Killian
Matthew Hanson
Trevor Cichosz

Any of these men could go 100 miles or more.

Let’s start with the best. Jon Albon and Ryan Atkins are two of the best ever in OCR, let alone WTM. Neither one has ever left WTM anywhere but first place. Atkins won solo in 2013 and 2014, then Atkins and Albon won as part of a 4 man team in 2015, and as a 2 man team last year. Just for good measure, Albon won UK Toughest earlier this year. It’s a coin toss on the win, but these vets are likely to go 1-2.

Trevor Cichosz (pronounced Psy-Kos), the reigning champ, worked his way up the podium ladder coming in 3rd in 2014, 2nd in 2015, and finally winning in 2016.

2015 Spartan Race Champ Robert Killian comes in after a strong year in OCR and hungry for another title. He had a disappointing first WTM in 2015, and came in 2nd as a team last year with 2015 Champ Chad Trammell.

Matthew Hanson, 4th in 2013, injured mid race 2014, and 75 miles last year. He could finally make his way onto the podium this year.

Dark Horses: Matthew Lister and Tyler Nash – Both men got 50 at this year’s Chicago Toughest. Luke “SkyRunner” Bosek – Experienced Ultra Marathoner, and impressive showing at Atlanta Toughest.

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WOMEN

Contenders

Deanna Blegg
Stef Bishop
April Dee
Suzanna Kraus
Morgan Mckay
Alex “CH1K0R1TA” Roudanya
Allison Tai
Lindsay Webster

Even without 3 time champ Amelia Boone (out to injury), this is easily the deepest women’s field in history.

I’ll list them alphabetically for organization sake. The truth is any one of these women could be on the podium come brunch time.

Deanna Blegg burst on the scene at the 2012 WTM finishing 2nd to Amelia and 3rd overall to only Amelia and Pak. We quickly learned she was an HIV survivor and were even more impressed with her accomplishment. 2013 she won World’s Toughest Mudder for the women and only 6 men finished ahead of her cementing her WTM legacy. 2014 she nearly led her Australian team to victory, but finished 2nd behind the Hunter McIntyre led ,Spartan Wolfpack. 2015 she finished 3rd as an individual. Last year she sat out as she was diagnosed with breast cancer. (But, as Will from World’s Toughest Podcast always reminds us, she did invent BleggMitts in the meantime).

Although some knew her from past endurance events, Stef Bishop essentially came out of nowhere to win last year’s event for the women. She’s raced in several Toughest events this year but did not get on the podium. Even still, you can never count out a reigning champion.

April Dee is the “Bulldog Of OCR”. She’s got a mean bark AND a mean bite. She’s the best talker in the game, this side of Hunter McIntyre and knows one gear, called Hammer Down. This has led to two 4th place finishes in 2015 and 2016, losing momentum in the later miles. Perhaps she can put together the plan to last the full 24, and finally get on the podium.

Susanne Krauss finished 2nd in 2016 for the women. She also won this year’s, Europe Toughest Mudder. We admittedly know very little about this athlete, other than she is one to watch.

Morgan Mckay. With her infectious smile and laugh, along with her ridiculous, yet dead on accurate, comic strips of the WTM course each year, Morgan is a fan favorite. After several disappointing years in Jersey and Vegas, she finally cracked the podium with a 3rd place effort last year. She also finished 4th in two of the Toughest events this year.

CH1K0R1TA has been running Spartan Races for years, but the TM community has only been learning about her this season. We watched her battle the other top women through airings on CBS of the Toughest events. She went on to finish 3rd in the Toughest total mileage rankings with 110 total miles.

Allison Tai’s best WTM finish to date was a 2nd place in 2014, doing no better since. However, if you’ve watched the TM Competitive Series this year, you have seen her dominate with 5 podiums and 2 first places. It would not be surprising to see her at any spot on the podium come Sunday.

Allison Tai World's Toughest Mudder

 

Lindsay Webster. If you are reading this, you know who she is. She’s never gone 24 at any event, and yet no one will be surprised if she takes home the gold.

Dark horses: KC Northrup, Adriane Alvord, Rea Kolbl. KC and Adriane have been playing in the OCR endurance space for a minute or two. Rea has never done anything like this event, but many have run the farthest in their lives on WTM weekend, and it’s OCR where anything can happen.

2 Person Team

With TMHQ pulling the prize money on this category late in the game, the only “2 man”that really stands out is Team Merrell – Wesley “Dr. Red Tights” Kerr and Evan “Strength and Speed” Perperis. Both men got 90 miles last year and finished in 7th and 8th place.

The other team being bandied around is known as  “Community First” with Joel Forsyth and Nicholas Allmond. Both have faired well in the Toughest Series this year.

 

World's Toughest Mudder 2013

 

4 Person (Country/Continent) Competition

Lots of hubbub in recent weeks from the aforementioned TMHQ switcheroo, should make for some strong competition in this first ever relay category.

Canada – Before there was Ryan and Lindsay, there was Claude and Marco. Claude Godbout and Marco Bedard head up a strong team that includes Benjamin Morin-Boucher. (**This just in, learning Claude is injured and pit only, still a solid team.)

USA – Chad “World’s Toughest Dentist” Trammel, Ryan “Woodsy” Woods, Brian “Lewinksi” Gowisiki, Glenn “Pronounced Race” Racz.

Goat Tough/North America with Kris Mendoza and Austin Azar, Mark Jones, Miguel Medina. These guys have the biggest names and the biggest target on their backs.

Whoever Germany sends. (most likely 2 teams). The Germans have been sending strong teams for a few years now. Last year their teams got 90 and 80 miles. Easy money to say at least one team makes this year’s podium.

So there you go. Agree, debate, call me an idiot for not including you/your cousin/your gf/whatever.

I’ll see you in the desert, doing what I always do. Staying up all night, soaking in as much as possible, and watching history be made.

14 hours plus of live coverage on the ToughMudder Live Facebook page.

Additional coverage on Obstacle Racing Media social channels starting tomorrow.

 

Kill Cliff: The New On Course Recovery Drink for Tough Mudder

TOUGH MUDDER AND KILL CLIFF PARTNER TO BRING CLEAN ENDURANCE AND RECOVERY SPORTS DRINKS TO 2018 – 2019 US EVENTS

KILL CLIFF Equips Athletes With Extended Energy And Necessary Recovery To Dominate World Class Obstacles As The Official Sports Drink Brand For Tough Mudder And Serve As Presenting Sponsor Of Tough Mudder X Series

ATLANTA/BROOKLYN– Nov. 7, 2017 — Tough Mudder, Inc. and KILL CLIFF have partnered to provide KILL CLIFF’s clean label endurance and recovery sports beverages for the 2018 and 2019 US event seasons in its capacity as the official sports drink brand for Tough Mudder and presenting sponsor of the Tough Mudder X Series. Tough Mudder X is the one-mile race with 10 obstacles and 10 workout zones that tests competitors from across multiple disciplines to determine the fittest and fastest athletes in the world. The series debuted this summer on CBS with millions watching its first World Championship.

At all Tough Mudder events, KILL CLIFF will provide its ENDURE clean endurance sports drinks on the course during events to help participants experience longer energy maintenance as they push harder through the course. KILL CLIFF recovery drinks will be handed out at the finish line to provide electrolytes and assist in participants’ post-event clean recovery and hydration. KILL CLIFF will leverage its relationship with gyms around the country to further the Tough Mudder brand through its product offerings.

The partnership will kick off at this year’s World’s Toughest Mudder at Lake Las Vegas on Nov. 11-12, 2017. World’s Toughest Mudder is considered the most extreme, insane, imposing, pulse-pounding, heart-stopping 24-hour obstacle course race on the planet that is viewed by millions globally via Livestream and also on CBS. KILL CLIFF will be the official sponsor of one of the event’s most infamous obstacles, The Cliff, a 35-foot cliff jump into the chilly waters of Lake Las Vegas that begins at midnight on Nov. 12. KILL CLIFF will also have its own TEAM KILL CLIFF tackling the course.

“Partnering with Tough Mudder as the official clean sports drinks sponsor is a great next step for both of our brands, as well as the dedicated warriors of the Tough Mudder,” said KILL CLIFF CEO Joe Driscoll. “We are getting our drinks into the hands of hundreds of thousands of athletes who are challenging their fitness, while Tough Mudder is partnering with a cool brand that is disrupting the artificial, sugar-filled sports drink category. We are incredibly excited about being the presenting sponsor of Tough Mudder X race series, which is a fast, exciting event that is a great crossover for many of our CrossFit athletes and gyms.”

“KILL CLIFF’s Kill the Quit attitude, clean label products and brand awareness in the HIIT category makes them a great partner fit that will not only elevate the Tough Mudder brand to a broader audience and new category of athlete but enable us to offer Mudder Nation great hydration and recovery drinks for everyone to be at their best as they tackle Tough Mudder’s demanding courses together, ” commented Rich Abend, VP, Global Partnerships, Tough Mudder. “We are also proud to name KILL CLIFF as the first presenting sponsor of TMX, which has garnered significant interest from the industry since its’ debut this past summer on television.”

KILL CLIFF drinks have gained popularity in HIIT gyms across the country, and the brand has led in the emerging clean sports drink categories at places like Whole Foods and Amazon. The KILL CLIFF brand has been on a rapid growth trajectory with a loyal and passionate following of the world’s toughest athletes.

About KILL CLIFF:

Founded and created by a Navy SEAL with the spirit of giving back to the community, KILL CLIFF® makes clean sports beverage products. KILL CLIFF Recovery Drinks deliver clean recovery, providing the hydration and nutrients without all the junk so many beverages have today. Headquartered in Atlanta, the KILL CLIFF team includes civilians and accomplished military veterans, and is absolutely committed to serving and supporting the Navy SEAL community. KILL CLIFF honors the dedication and sacrifice made by these warriors and their families by donating a portion of the proceeds through their Official Partnership with the Navy SEAL Foundation. KILL THE QUIT™. Visit KillCliff.com and follow KILL CLIFF on Facebook, YouTube, and Instagram @killcliff.

About Tough Mudder:

Founded in 2010 with the launch of the Tough Mudder obstacle course event series, Tough Mudder Inc. has become a leading global sports, active lifestyle and media brand. With more than 3 million participants, the company hosts more than 130 non-competitive (Mini Mudder; Tough Mudder 5K, Tough Mudder Half, and Tough Mudder Full) and competitive (Tougher, Toughest, Tough Mudder X and World’s Toughest Mudder) events annually in 11 countries including China, Dubai, Indonesia, and Australia through its partnerships with IMG, Seroja and Sports Media and Entertainment 360 (SME360). The company’s content arm provides the more than millions of engaged online brand enthusiasts with fitness, nutrition, and wellness content delivered daily across social and digital platforms. Tough Mudder broadcast, OTT and Live Stream programming can be seen worldwide through partnerships with CBS Sports, Facebook, Sky Sports, The CW Network and ESPN Media Distribution. Other sponsorship and distribution partners include Merrell, Amazon, KILL CLIFF, Jeep, Aflac, Guinness, Vega, Samsung, Olympus, Lucozade Sport, Nexcare, For Goodness Shakes, Bosch, TREK, Head & Shoulders, L’Oreal Men Expert, Käserei Loose, Snapchat and Live Stream.

MEDIA CONTACTS:

FOR TOUGH MUDDER 
Angela Alfano
(703) 447-5629
Angela.Alfano@ToughMudder.com

FOR KILL CLIFF
Reina Porritt
(651) 789-1272
reina@kohnstamm.com

Robert Zimmerman
(917) 543-1046
Rob@zimstrategies.com

2018 United States Spartan Championship Series

 

Spartan US Championship Series

We are getting our first look at what may turn out to be the 2018 US Spartan Championship Series.

In 2016, Spartan rolled out this new series to much success. It was a big change for Spartan, as previously, top racers had over 5o races a year to choose from for various bragging rights and paydays. There was no true beginning or end of any sort of “race season”. Now the elite could focus on this series, along with the traditional end of year Championship races put on by various OCR companies.

The events from that first year were Monterey, Montana, Palmerton, Asheville and Breckenridge.

In 2017, the US Champs Series events were back at Monterey, Palmerton, and Ashevile, but replaced Montana and Breckenridge with West Virginia and Seattle.

A little birdie pointed out that you could find a hint to the 2018 races at the following events. You will notice on the Spartan website, the following races all have a US Champ Series logo in the corner.

2/24 – South Florida (Miami) Sprint

4/14 – Seattle Super

5/19 – SoCal (Big Bear) Beast

7/28 – Utah Super

8/25 – West Virginia Beast

We have reached out to Spartan Race for comment and will give you more details as we have it.

UPDATE November 15, 2017

3/24 – San Jose Super

4/14 – Seattle Super

5/19 – SoCal (Big Bear) Beast

6/23 – Chicago Super

7/28 – Utah Super

8/25 – West Virginia Beast (North American Championship)

9/29 – TBD (Spartan World Championship)

North American OCR Championship Reveals 2018 Venue

North American Obstacle Course Racing Championships to Debut at Stratton Mountain, Vermont

Adventurey LLC, organizers of the independent Obstacle Course Racing World Championships, announced today the launch of the first North American Obstacle Course Racing Championships (#NorAmChamps) to be held August 10-12, 2018, at Stratton Mountain, in Stratton, Vermont.

The three-day event will consist of a 3K short course championship on Friday, August 10, followed by a 15K standard course championship on Saturday, August 11, and conclude on Sunday, August 12 with the Team Relay event. All distances will feature Pro Division and Age Group Divisions for qualified competitors. Limited Journeymen entries are available for which there are no results criteria (athletes need only participate in any three obstacle course races to qualify).

Additionally, qualifying spots for the OCR World Championships will be awarded for top Pro and Age Group division finishers with the winner of each division receiving free entry into the 2018 event.

“The sport of obstacle course racing continues to grow at an amazing pace with the support of many like-minded companies and individuals looking to bring it to the next level through the creation of the first independent North American Championships,” said Adventurey CEO Adrian Bijanada. “With enthusiastic community support, strong partnerships with fellow race organizations, and a deep bench of professionals willing to work together for the betterment of the sport, the #NorAmChamps is poised to be another incredible experience for obstacle course racers from all over North America.”

In an effort to serve the growing community, the previous 2017 US OCR Championships has been transformed into the North American OCR Championships for 2018 featuring obstacles from many North American-based partners, including Green Beret Challenge, City Challenge Race, BoneFrog Challenge, Terrain Racing, Conquer the Gauntlet, Northman Race, Wreck Bag, Indian Mud Run and more.

About Adventurey, LLC

Founded in 2013, Adventurey, LLC is a New York City-based company whose focus is on creating and producing life-enhancing endurance events and experiences. Media inquiries may be sent to Margaret Schlachter, Media Director – Margaret@ocrwc.com.

 

Photo Credits: USOCR Facebook Page

OCRWC Announces 2018 Venue!

Obstacle Course Racing World Championships Announces 2018 Location in the United Kingdom

New York, NY (November 6, 2017) – Adventurey, the parent company of the world’s first and only independent obstacle racing world championship today, announced details for 2018 Obstacle Course Racing World Championships in London, England October 19 – 21, 2018. The premiere event of the obstacle course racing (OCR) season will bring a truly global obstacle racing experience to the English countryside. The fifth year of the event will celebrate the best professional and age group competitors from around the world with athletes from over sixty-five nations expected to participate.

Race weekend will feature a 3K Short Course Championships on Friday, 15K Standard Distance on Saturday, and Team Relay Competition on Sunday, each showcasing the best racers from around the world. The event will build upon an already spectacular permanent obstacle course in Essex to create an international village, a diverse course, and an unparalleled experience for athletes, their supporters, and spectators. ͞

“After four years in North America, we knew that to truly be a global championship we would need to move outside the continent. Our team spent more than a year vetting various venues around the world and found this venue offered a unique opportunity to build something distinctly international, while bringing obstacle course racing back home to the UK,” said Adventurey CEO, Adrian Bijanada. “Athletes and their families should expect a world-class course showcasing global obstacle course racing brands, a diverse international village, and contributions from partners that are a reflection of the worldwide obstacle racing industry.”

“We’re honored & excited to be chosen to host the OCR World Championships in 2018. Obstacle racing originated in the UK so we’re very proud to be the showcase venue for this world-class event. Our multi-award winning courses & obstacles will allow the World’s team to create a truly epic athlete experience. We’re looking forward to working together & welcoming everyone,” said James Parrish Race Director at Nuclear Races, which will host the 2018 event.

Full details on how to qualify can be found on the OCR World Championships website. This year over seventy-five race series are set as qualifiers representing over forty countries. Additionally, for the first-time since its inception, athletes will have the ability to purchase “entry protection” insurance for the event. This will provide athletes the opportunity to receive a refund of their entry fee in the event of injury or other significant life events which may prevent them from attending the world championships.

“We recognize that events often happen in life and athletes plan the entire season around the OCR World Championships. The new registration insurance adds a level of protection for athletes when making the critical decision to register for our races. We hope this helps to set an industry standard moving forward” said Rachelanne Gladden, Director of Athlete Services.

The new location and new venue for OCR World Championships are set to create a fresh and vibrant OCR World Championship experience for returning athletes and open the door for a new contingent of global athletes with the move.

About the Obstacle Course Racing World Championships

Created by Adventurey, LLC, the Obstacle Course Racing World Championships is the first and only independent championship event in Obstacle Course Racing and requires athletes to qualify for a limited number of spots through a network of qualifying events. Designed to celebrate the athletes within the sport, the 2017 competition drew over 4,000 athletes from over 67 nations to compete for cash prizes in individual Elite, Age Group, and Team competitions, making it one of the broadest and most diverse races in obstacle course racing history. For more information, visit www.ocrworldchampionships.com.

About Nuclear Races

Nuclear Races are award-winning obstacle races on permanent farmland nestled just outside London in the county of Essex, UK. Founder & Race Director of Nuclear Races James Parrish is the fourth generation landowner of the 2,000-acre farm. Nuclear’s first race was in 2011 utilizing the natural terrain, obstacle build expertise & highly organized logistics needed to deliver obstacle races. The mission was to make fitness fun, achievable & while enjoying the outdoors at it’s best. Nuclear has an established & growing community who enjoy race-days & training throughout the year.

Media inquiries may be sent to Margaret Schlachter, Media Director – Margaret@ocrwc.com.