What is Tough Mudder?

Tough Mudder is a one of a kind, endurance obstacle course. If you have a crazy bone, don’t mind a bit of mud and are looking for some fun then Tough Mudder could be for you!

We spoke to Alex Patterson, the Chief Marketing Officer for the events to find out more.

What is Tough Mudder?

Tough Mudder is an extreme endurance event that combines a 20km-long run with obstacles featuring hills, mud, water, ropes, walls, electric shocks and even fire! But don’t be put off by the mud – almost 25 per cent of Tough Mudder participants are women.

Best of all, Tough Mudder is a team challenge and not a race, so it’s a lot of fun. Participants generally compete in groups of five or six to help each other through the obstacles, with the course taking around 2.5 hours to complete.


Funky Monkey

What does the name mean?

Tough Mudder is the ultimate test of physical endurance and mental toughness, which is where the ‘Tough’ comes from. And because the event includes some muddy obstacles, we thought ‘Mudder’ made perfect sense. If you’re going to do one our events, you need to be one Tough Mudder!

Who is Tough Mudder designed for?

Tough Mudder is designed for people who want a fun and unique fitness challenge but are bored of marathons, triathlons and your run-of-the-mill fitness events.

And who shouldn’t participate?

We have people competing from all walks of life – ranging from fitness fanatics, mums and sports teams to grandparents! It really comes down to individual fitness level.

There are some obstacles, however, that we wouldn’t recommend for certain people. If, for example, you have a pacemaker, we’d recommend that you avoid the Electroshock Therapy obstacle. Importantly, you don’t have to complete every obstacle – if there’s any reason for you to skip one of the obstacles, for example if you have an injury, that’s no problem.

All participants must be over the age of 18.

When are the events held?

The first events in Australia are being held on Phillip Island, Victoria on March 31 and April 1. Following that is an event in Sydney on September 22 and 23.

We also have plans to host events in Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth in 2013.

Is this suitable for both men and women?

Yes, Tough Mudder is for anyone who thinks they are tough enough!

Ball Shrinker

What is the hardest part of the course?

The obstacles at each of the events vary, so it depends on the individual. For some, the hardest part may be 20km run, and for others, it could be a strength-testing obstacle such as the ‘Funky Monkey’, which involves making your way across muddy water using monkey bars.

What makes Tough Mudder different?

Triathlons, marathons and other lame-ass mud runs are more stressful than fun. Not Tough Mudder. As hardcore as our courses are, we meet you at the finish line with a free beer, a laugh and a live band.

With obstacles designed by British Special Forces, coupled with a 20km course, Tough Mudder gives participants the opportunity to test themselves in every way – all in one place and all in one day.

What has some of the feedback been like?

People love Tough Mudder, and we find that a lot of the people who compete become Tough Mudder junkies and end up coming back for more and signing up to our other events. Some even love it so much that they have our Tough Mudder logo or pledge tattooed on themselves!

How long does it take?

It depends, but most people finish the course within 2.5 hours.

Will we be in pain the next day?

Unless you’re super fit, you probably will experience some pain, but again, this totally depends on your fitness level before completing the event. Tough Mudder requires full-body training, as it tests your cardio, strength and flexibility.

How can we participate?

It’s easy – all you have to do is register on our website www.toughmudder.com.au

Would you do Tough Mudder or prefer to watch from the sidelines?

One thought on “What is Tough Mudder?

  1. I would have loved to do this when I was younger and not disabled as it sounds like great fun. I think it would also be a hoot to watch as a spectator. This would be a good bonding exercise for small & big companies and organisations. A Great article.

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