Everyone has seen the pictures of these kinds of competitions. Men and women who have—presumably–spent months training for one of the most extreme fights to the finish most non-professional athletes ever experience. It requires a type of practical fitness to traverse ponds, scale boulder fields, haul yourself over obstacles, and claw your way up impossible inclines. Sometimes there’s fire involved, and whether on purpose or not, there is always quite a bit of mud. And fun. Loads and loads of fun.
Over 1,700 people have signed in hopes of taking home the title, or at least to get an epic picture of themselves scaling a boulder field with a race number on their chest. Who wouldn’t want a picture commemorating their blood, sweat, and tears sitting over the fireplace?
So for East Coast skiers and snowboarders still mourning the loss of winter, get back out on the mountain and try out your snow legs on something a little less, well, snowy. The excitement begins at 8am on May 12. Competitors will start in 20-minute intervals and have a maximum of 200 people. There is a cap of 2,500 participants, so register now for $80 per person. $10 spectator passes are also available; they are free with any on-resort lodging. Don’t miss out! And stick around afterward for a recovery party at the Foggy Goggle. Check out the Mud on the Mountain website for a more detailed list of obstacles and a map of the course.