Tough Mudder is an endurance event series in which participants attempt 10–12-mile-long (16–19 km) military-style obstacle courses.
It was designed and created by two British Harvard Business School post graduates and tests mental as well as physical strength.
The obstacles often play on common human fears, such as fire, water, electricity and heights. The main principle of the Tough Mudder revolves around teamwork. The Tough Mudder organization values camaraderie throughout the course, designing obstacles that encourage group participation.
Participants must commit to helping others complete the course, putting teammates before themselves, and overcoming fears. An average 78% of entrants successfully complete the course.
The first Tough Mudder challenge was held in the United States in 2010. To date, more than 1.3 million people worldwide have participated in Tough Mudder events.
Tough Mudder obstacles
The 26 obstacles include cargo nets, hay bales, 15ft drops into water, mud pits, freezing cold lakes, the famous quarter pipe, underwater tunnels, monkey bars, crawling under barbed wire in a mud pit plus much more!
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