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Tough Mudder Gets Tougher In 2015

by Monique Barrett

Mar 19, 2015

Electric Obstacle at Tough Mudder in Mansfield, Ohio © Aviahuisman | Dreamstime


Tough Mudder participants are about to get a lot dirtier with exhilarating new obstacles introduced to the 10–12-mile course of mud, ice, fire and electric shocks.


Competitors of the already tough endurance race can expect new and updated obstacles to challenge their mental and physical strength, including an event that will make you cry with a teargas-type substance.


Nolan Kombol, head of innovation at Tough Mudder, worked over the last year to refine the obstacles participants will face at events in dozens of cities across the globe in 2015.


Tough Mudder in Northamptonshire, United Kingdom © Cindy Eccles | Dreamstime 49584611

Tough Mudder in Northamptonshire, United Kingdom © Cindy Eccles | Dreamstime


New features include obstacles like the Human Hamster Wheel, involving a revolving set of monkey bars; King of the Swingers, a pendulum swing off a 12-foot platform; Cry Baby, a tunnel crawl through a substance similar to tear gas; Ring of Fire, a 20-foot drop through fire into a vat of water; and Dead Ringer, a traverse across a series of inclined pegs with hand-held rings.


Some classic obstacles were also reinvented, including the ice water plunge known as Arctic Enema and the slicked quarter pipe Everest, to offer new challenges that push participants to work as a team.


Walk The Plank at Tough Mudder in Mansfield, Ohio © Aviahuisman | Dreamstime 30715735

Walk The Plank © Aviahuisman | Dreamstime


“The obstacle innovations we’ve made for 2015 will encourage participants to work together more than ever before, while still providing the personal challenge people have come to expect from Tough Mudder,” said Kombol. “We’re thrilled to provide a fresh experience for returning Mudders and 20 new reasons for first-timers to finally take the plunge.”


View the full list of revamped obstacles on the Tough Mudder website.


Boa Constrictor Obstacle at Tough Mudder in Mansfield, Ohio © Aviahuisman | Dreamstime 30715735

Boa Constrictor © Aviahuisman | Dreamstime



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