Tough Mudder – 1st Event of 2019 – Glen Helen Raceway, CA


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The first Tough Mudder of the season happened last weekend. It was held at Glen Helen Raceway in San Bernadino, California and was a great success by most accounts. Learn all about the event through interviews with:

Hunter McIntyre – Bulk Pony

Josh Cox – 1/2 PisNCox

Jared Depolo – BarNana booth guy and musical composer.

Comedy Store Ladies – Leigh Lamson-Quay, Eleanor Kerrigan, Jen Canem, and Punkie Johnson

Pamela Price – Baby Ninja Warrior – 1st place on Saturday

Kyle McLaughlin – Tough Mudder President

Todays Podcast is sponsored by:

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Hunter McIntyre – T Minus 30


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Hunter McIntyre Podcast OpenFit

Hunter McIntyre is back on the show to talk about his new fitness workout plan:

Tough Mudder T-Minus 30.

We will also discuss:

  • What 10-year-old Hunter was up to.
  • The new batch of athletes he’s surrounding himself with, in Colorado.
  • What it’s going to take to #GetHunterToTheGames.
  • Special appearance by Matt Kempson.
  • So much more.

Todays Podcast is sponsored by:

Tough Mudder T Minus 30 Program

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Anders Varner – Barbell Shrugged Collective – Part 2


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Anders Varner comes on the program to finish our conversation to discuss:

  • Hunter McIntyre is always a winner.
  • Getting better at things that matter.
  • Breaking up with your old self.
  • Creating content every day.

Todays Podcast is sponsored by:

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Anders chats with Joe Desena

Anders Part One

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Tough Mudder Introduces Their 2018 Pro Team/Competitive Series

12:20pm Update – Here is the podcast interview.

In September of 2017, TMHQ announced the first ever Tough Mudder Pro Team. Ryan Atkins, Lindsay Webster, Hunter McIntyre and Stef Bishop had already been featured on most of TM’s online content, so few were surprised.  Today, the 2018 team is being announced much sooner in the year. TMHQ revealed this morning that Ryan, Lindsay, and Hunter are all coming back, and they have added two more women. The first is Corinna Coffin. Corinna had been mostly dormant in OCR since BattleFrog folded in the fall of 2016. She came back last July to win the first ever Tough Mudder X.

The second woman is Allison Tai. Along with being the favorite guest of The World’s Toughest Podcast, Allison won last year’s Holy Grail Leaderboard (Total competitive miles) with 305 total miles. Stef Bishop is not returning to the team. Stef won World’s Toughest Mudder in 2016, then had a relatively disappointing 2017 Tough Mudder season.

Matt B. Davis spoke to TMHQ’s Eli Hutchison and Corinna Coffin to discuss some of the news. The podcast episode will be released later today, so be sure to download it so you can listen to it on your next run.

Matt and Eli will be talking about the evolution of the competitive series. Many Mudders enjoyed the Tougher and Toughest events in 2017, as well as Tough Mudder X and World’s Toughest Mudder. Tough Mudder is now calling these events, Fittest, Fastest, and Toughest, with the culmination being World’s Toughest Mudder on November 10th and 11th in Atlanta, Georgia.

Check out the video introducing the different championship series here!

Photo Credits: Tough Mudder

Hunter McIntyre Minnesota Dreamin’


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Many times I am sitting around before or after a race with some OCR people, and wish we recorded the conversation. Yesterday was one of those times. Luckily for you, I had the tape rolling.

Beni Gifford appears as a special guest, as does Keith Allen who called in.

Dig on in, as Hunter McIntyre and I talk about

  • His professional wrestling tryout with WWE.
  • Why he isn’t racing much Spartan this year.
  • His plan to dominate the Obstacle Racing World Championships.
  • How he deals with multiple offers from sponsors (and lusting male and female fans)

Plus

ORM also gets called out for shitty live reporting and I beg Hunter to unblock me on Facebook.
Todays Podcast is sponsored by:

Wetsuit Wearhouse – Save 15% using coupon code ORM on all purchases.

Rugged Maniac – $5 off when you use the code PODCAST.

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Google that shit.

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Tough Mudder Colorado: Uphill, All Stars, Dogs, and Da Goat

Tough Mudder returned to Colorado this past weekend, and for the third year in a row, the beautiful community of Snowmass was the host. With a base elevation of 8,100 feet and a course that seemed to go uphill the entire time, the only things burning brighter than the sun were your lungs and calves.  This was my first trip ever to the Centennial State, and it certainly did not disappoint. Here’s a quick rundown of some of the highlights from the event.

THE COURSE:
The base altitude alone was enough to slow you down, but this course had a handful of brutal climbs and some fun single track trekking through forested areas. Depending on whose GPS you believe, the course distance was right around 12 miles, with an elevation gain of about 3,000 feet. The first mile or so brought you through the Snowmass Village and downhill along the parking area. After that, it was pretty much all uphill…or at least it certainly seemed like it.

TM Colorado Map  

ALL STAR ATTENDEES:
Runners in the first wave on Saturday morning shared the start corral with some of the biggest names in OCR. Three-time World’s Toughest Mudder champion Ryan Atkins (and his dog Suunto) was there, accompanied by his new bride (and 2016 Spartan U.S. Championship Series winner) Lindsay Webster. Alongside them was Broken Skull Champion (and self-proclaimed Macho Man) Hunter McIntyre, and current American Ninja Warrior and former Spartan Race Pro Rose Wetzel (watch for our interview with the woman who loves to challenge herself).  They all shared the start with Jim “Da Goat” Campbell, who was in CO to run his 100th Tough Mudder (but this story is coming soon).

NEW (TO ME AT LEAST) OBSTACLES:
Paying homage to the gold rush history of Colorado was an entertaining obstacle called Mine Shafted. The obstacle required participants to crawl down a sewage tube, which would drop them into  and 8-foot deep pit that had knee-deep muddy water. The pit itself is covered with dark screen, which blocked out a good portion of the sunlight. After trudging across the pit, there was an 8-foot wall that needed to be scaled in order to get out. The wall got muddy and slippery in a hurry and required a good amount of teamwork to get out.

TM Colorado Mine Shafted

FOUR LEGGED ATTENDEES:
Of all the venues that I’ve been to, Snowmass is easily the most dog-friendly Mudder that I’ve ever attended. Whether it was in the hotel, or in the village, or on the course…there were dogs of all shapes and sizes everywhere. As if I needed a reason to run slower, it was very difficult to resist running off course for the opportunity to give a healthy ear rubbing to these warm and fuzzy spectators.

Suunto

MOTHER NATURE:
Colorado is right up there with Lake Tahoe and Whistler as the most visually spectacular venues that I’ve ever attended. At almost any point along the course, you could look up and your eyes would be treated to absolutely wonderful views. Mountains, streams, Aspen trees, annoying thistle things that get stuck in your socks, there’s just so much scenery to feast upon up there. There was also plenty of deer and fox sightings. It’s truly an amazingly beautiful place to hold an event.

Dude, where’s my shirt?
On a slightly negative note, not that merchandise is considered a major part of an event…but if you’re going to have it, please make sure that you have an ample supply. The first wave on Saturday launched at 8am. According to the merchandise employees, the Tough Mudder Colorado specific t-shirts were sold out by 9am.  There were even instances in the afternoon where people were offering cash to buy the shirts off the backs of people who had purchased them earlier. I’m not sure how you gauge merch demand so poorly, but Tough Mudder has been doing this for a while now, and this kind of a thing just shouldn’t happen. At least not on the first day of your event.

Despite my lack of event shirt, I’m happy to report that Tough Mudder Colorado was still a wonderful experience. A demanding course with fun and creative obstacles, spectacular views, and lively festival area. Throw in a few OCR All-Stars (and dogs….don’t forget the dogs!), and you’ve got one of the best events that TMHQ has put on this year.

TM Colorado Dogs

 

Photo Credits: Matty Gregg (Suunto) and GameFace Media for Tough Mudder