Doesn’t that photo look fun? Rolling around in muddy water. Having your teammates help you through an excruciating obstacle course?
So maybe mud isn’t your thing. Well how about some electric shock therapy?
Or maybe a little Artic Enema:
Those are just a couple of the obstacles you could face if you ever decide to participate in a Tough Mudder. Tough Mudder is an endurance event series in which participants attempt 10–12 mile long military-style obstacle courses. Tough Mudder was designed by British Special Forces to test mental as well as physical strength, obstacles often play on common human fears, such as fire, water, electricity and heights. The organizers encourage teamwork, and many obstacles are designed to be very difficult to complete alone. The events are untimed, but only about 78% of entrants successfully complete the course.
The concept of teamwork is something that is heavily relied on during a Tough Mudder competition. If your team isn’t strong enough, mentally and physically, you can pretty much forget about even competing. Several Tough Mudder competitions are held throughout the year all over the world. Just because you may pride yourself on being physically fit, doesn’t mean a Tough Mudder is built for everyone. The organizers of Tough Mudder recommends participants to enroll in a Tough Mudder Boot Camp training class, where you’ll be able to have your fitness levels accessed, as well as practice some of the obstacles.
Tough Mudder isn’t only for the hardcore obstacle course enthusiasts, it also prides itself on fundraising. Tough Mudder is a supporter of Wounded Warrior Project, and to date, Tough Mudder participants have raised over $5 million to support thousands of warriors returning from the battlefield. So it’s not all mud and ice, but giving back to those who have served for the country.