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2020 Tough Mudder Classic

Here’s a look at what was scheduled for Tough Mudder in 2020. Please check back for updates on next year’s event.

The Course

At a glance: 13 – 16 km, 25 obstacles. The same course is run both days.

The mountain terrain at Tough Mudder Whistler might be beautiful, but don’t let that fool you, these slopes offer some thigh burning man-made obstacles for a totally unique experience. The course changes every year with details released closer to the event – you will have to prepare for anything and everything! Previous years have seen participants taking on ice water plunges, electrical shocks, crawling, climbing and more.

Tough Mudder Teams

Are you tough enough? Try, and you might just surprise yourself. You can do the event solo, but there’s nothing better than getting friends and workmates together to tackle the event as a team, helping each other through the obstacles. Be inspired and uplifted (literally!). The extra support will make your day.

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2020 Tougher Mudder

Here’s a look at what was scheduled for Tougher Mudder in 2020. Please check back for updates on next year’s event.

The Course

At a glance: 13 – 16 km, 25 obstacles. The course is run on Sunday, June 14 only.

Tougher Mudder takes the Tough Mudder signature course and adds a competitive, timed twist. This first start wave of the day allows Mudders to push themselves to a new level, while still maintaining the core values of teamwork and camaraderie. In addition to gaining first access to the course, participants will also get Tougher Mudder exclusive challenges, unique finisher gear, an official course time, and the ability to win prize money.

Tougher Mudder Teams

Are you tough enough? Try, and you might just surprise yourself. You can do the event solo, but there’s nothing better than getting friends and workmates together to tackle the event as a team, helping each other through the obstacles. Be inspired and uplifted (literally!). The extra support will make your day.

Race Day Preparation

As race day rolls around, make sure you’re prepared for the big event. 

Hydrate

There may be no obstacle course racing mistake worse than going into a race dehydrated. You should make an effort to stay hydrated on a daily basis, but especially before an arduous event like a Tough Mudder. Even mild dehydration can result in symptoms such as headaches, fatigue, and dizziness.

It’s critical to hydrate leading up to your Tough Mudder, as well as during and after the race. If you’re not sure how much water you should drink, learn how to calculate your hydration needs with this simple formula.

Fuel

Eat a hearty meal a couple of hours before your start time. If you have to eat several hours before, supplement with an easily digestible snack, like a banana, just before the race. Pre-race fuel should include ample carbohydrates (whole grain for long-lasting energy), healthy fats, and a moderate amount of protein.

Pack

The night before (or the morning of, if your race starts in the afternoon), pack your bag with everything you need for a successful race day. Keep this list handy:

  • Change of everything. Seriously, every single garment. You never know what you’ll need, but there’s a good chance you’ll need a complete second outfit. Socks, shirt, shorts or pants, sports bra, underpants, and even a second pair of shoes. 
  • Fuel. Bring plenty of nutritious and energy-dense snacks, such as bananas, protein bars, mixed nuts, and energy gels.
  • Hydration. There will be water at the event, but bring your own just in case. Perhaps bring a sports drink to replenish electrolytes after your race. 
  • Clean-up supplies. Bring anything you need to clean yourself up after the race. Face or body wipes, deodorant, a bath towel, etc.
  • Weather protection. Weather can be unexpected, so it’s never a bad idea to bring a rain jacket or waterproof boots.
  • Gear. Whatever gear you invested in for the race, don’t forget to pack it. 
  • Registration packet. Definitely don’t forget your parking ticket, race entry ticket, or any other registration documents.

MINDSET

World’s Toughest Mudder: First thought on the World’s Toughest Mudder start line: “cliff.. cliff… cliff… cliff… frickin cliff… I hate the stupid cliff…” Fear and acute pain numb your mind and body. What do I most fear at World’s Toughest Mudder? Competition, losing sight of my own race, the unknown.

100-mile ultra running race: First thought on the start line of UTMF (Ultra-Trail Mt Fuji): “Jeez, these people look fast!” A seemingly endless climb or fire-road during an ultra can leave you thinking about everything and nothing all at once. What I most fear during an ultra? Competition, losing sight of my own race, nutritional issues.

Are Tough Mudder Races A Good Workout?

Yes, a million times over. Tough Mudders—or any obstacle course race for that matter—challenge several components of fitness. Stamina, endurance, speed, strength, agility, balance, and coordination all play a role in the successful completion of a Tough Mudder.

You might find yourself surprised, though, because completing a Tough Mudder doesn’t feel like working out for most people. In fact, Tough Mudders are a great workout for people who don’t enjoy traditional structured exercise in a gym. Tough Mudders can also serve as fantastic complements to a workout regimen you already have in place, particularly if you want to include more cross-training in your routine.

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