Founded in 2009 by Will Dean and Guy Livingstone, is designed by British Special Forces and consists of a unique 10 to 12 mile trail run over rugged terrain, featuring steep inclines, water hazards and military-style obstacles testing one’s toughness, fitness, strength, stamina, mental grit and teamwork.
And who is mad enough for this tortuous challenge? Ross Bradshaw and Luke Marten from Melbourne!
Ross and Luke have been close buddies since they have been Tomas’ age and like young Tomas, they are very determined to tackle any tough mudder challenge that comes their way. That must be the Aussie way!
Quote from Ross :
“I have started my training, but I am not quite sure what type of training would be sufficient to prepare us for such a gruelling course. I am most looking forward to running through fire and can’t wait to see Luke’s face going through the electrocution obstacle! It makes it even more worthwhile that money raised is going towards Tomas’s medical care which helps him overcome his everyday obstacles” says 32 yr old Rosco.
Quote from Luke :
‘I have been raising my training schedule so i can eventually run 15 Km’s and have doing more general strength work at the gym . I have no doubt that i will be in top shape by the event. I am glad that i can do something for such a worthwhile cause’
To donate, either press the donate button on the right hand side and donate via PayPal or alternatively you can directly email Cheri (Ross´s fiance) on : firstname.lastname@example.org .
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FACT #3 – You cannot complete a Tough Mudder course alone.
To get through mud, fire, ice-water, and 10,000 volts of electricity you’ll need teammates to pick you up when your spirits dip. To get over 3 m walls and through underground mud tunnels, you’ll need teammates to give you a boost and a push. Tough Mudders are team players who make sure no one gets left behind. To that end, all Mudders are expected to uphold our ideals and exhibit teamwork and camaraderie both on the course and off it. All participants are asked to recite the Tough Mudder pledge before starting each event
Tough Mudder courses feature a variety of obstacles, many of which require teamwork to overcome. Some examples include:
- Ball Shrinker – traverse ropes stretched across a pond
- Berlin Walls – climb over walls made of wooden planks
- Boa Constrictor – crawl through dark tunnels
- Braveheart Charge – participants run down the mountain
- Cliff Hanger – a rocky climb up the top of the mountain
- Death March – steep climb up one of the ski slopes
- Devil’s Beard – crawl through low cargo nets
- Electroshock Therapy – run through live electric wires
- Fire Walker – Run through flaming bales of hay
- Funky Monkey – swing across monkey bars over cold water
- Greased Lightning – slide down a steep hill into the pond and swim back out
- Hold Your Wood – participants pick up and run with heavy wooden logs
- Jocks on the Rocks – jump into a pit of mud and ice
- Killa Gorilla – run up and down a steep hill ten times
- Kiss o’Mud – participants crawl on their bellies through mud under low wire
- School of Tough Knocks – climb up and over an old school bus with ropes stretched across it
- Swamp Stomp – run through deep mud
- Sweaty Yeti – scramble through snow
- Texas Smokehouse – run through a wooden structure filled with smoke and mud
- The Gauntlet – Go up a steep ski slope while being sprayed by high-pressure hoses
- Twinkle Toes – walk across a narrow board over a river or pond
- Underwater Tunnels – swim underneath barrels held on the surface of the water
- Walk the Plank – jump off planks into a pond
- Monster Chase – participants run after a monster truck for each start wave
- Chernobyl Jacuzzi – participants climb into and out of one of three lined dumpsters containing icy water and colored dye
- Hay Bale Pyramid/Texas Bale Bonds – Climb over mounds of straw
- Everest – run up a steep, slick ¼ pipe structure covered in oil
- Chain Gang – a hill approximately 30’ tall by which the participants are forced to create a human chain to ascend a steep muddy slope with a low sloped downgrade exit.
- Nature’s Pocket – descend into 25′ of underground tunnels
- Smoke Chute – Climb 15′ to a 5′ free fall into a 1/4 pipe slide.