Often, Vermont conjures up charming vistas, sugarhouses and of course, epic skiing. However, there’s another side of the gorgeous Green Mountains, a wild side beckoning adventure-lovers to leap into the unknown, and even the uncomfortable, all in the name of a good time.
Vermont ski resorts have harnessed their prime terrain and engineered events and activities with the intent to excite. The Tough Mudder is happening this weekend on May 7-8 at Mount Snow Resort. Some 12,000 mudder-lovers will endure a 10 mile course with grueling obstacles including barbed wire and electrocution. As you can see by the picture on the left (courtesy of The Tough Mudder’s Facebook Page) one Mudder makes his way past some course flames.
Competitions have their share of extreme athletes but they are also finished by regular people craving outdoor excitement, and against what their mother’s might say, are of sound mind; they just love a challenge. Take Beth Theirl for example, a 29 year old Risk Assurance Manager at PricewaterhouseCoopers in Boston. She is neither a former marine nor a sadomasochist. She is an avid skier and spends the majority of her winters in Vermont. “I heard about the Tough Mudder through my boot camp class trainer at Boston Sports Club,” she said. “He encouraged anyone crazy and fit enough to sign up,” and so she did, along with more than 30 friends dubbed the “Tuff Rydahs.”
Be like Beth and mud it up! Sign-ups are happening right now and space is still available for this Sunday, May 8. You can access all the Tough Mudder information and sign-up on their website HERE.