Beaver Creek Resort announced it will be hosting Tough Mudder for the second year in a row June 9-10, 2012. Last year’s event boasted more than 25,000 participants and spectators. This year, the competitors are revved up and ready to return to the take on the 10-12 mile obstacle course full of hills, mud, water, ropes, walls, electric shocks, and fire. It’s no simple task. Serious challenges lie in the path to the finish line, including 25 features designed by the British Special Forces. With the starting line at 8,100 feet, the base of Beaver Creek, conquering the high altitude is a feat in itself.
“We’re incredibly excited to host another Tough Mudder and welcome back the thousands of guests who will test themselves in what is considered to be one of the toughest endurance challenges around the globe,” said Tim Baker, executive director, Beaver Creek Resort Company. “Together with our great partners at the U.S. Forest Service we’ve developed a course that is not only very spectator friendly, but also creatively incorporates Tough Mudder’s obstacles in some new locations higher up on the mountain this year.”
At a place whose tagline is “Not exactly roughing it,” Tough Mudder will push competitors’ mental and physical limits. The event’s organizers are serious when they write “Probably the Toughest Event on the Planet,” on their banners. Participants should be prepared to be pushed. According to the Mudder website, they suggest competitors be able to run at least five miles twice a week, do 15-25 push-ups in a row and six pull-ups, and swim 50 yards without stopping. They provide a free training schedule online.
This year’s course will take participants up to Spruce Saddle Lodge at 10,200 feet, and the signature obstacles will be integrated into the rough natural terrain. Spectators will be able to get a good view of the race by riding the Centennial Express Lift up to Spruce Saddle.
In the spirit of giving, the Tough Mudder event has raised nearly $3 million in contributions for the Wounded Warrior Project. The Wounded Warrior Project aids severely injured veterans as they return to civilian life by creating programs, offering programs and services that help them adapt.
Registration is now open and, based on last year’s popularity, is expected to sell out.