News Toughest Mudder 2017 – Official Update Author: Anonymous February 14, 2017 Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Toughest Mudders, We’re incredibly excited about the upcoming Toughest Mudder series. This community of World’s Toughest Mudders and soon to be Toughest Mudders is made up of our most valued and loyal customers. Before we make any decisions about the event or format, we always consider you, the community, first and foremost. With that said, we’ve had some time over the past few months to listen to your feedback and concerns about the initial Toughest Mudder format launched last Fall. So we’ve decided to make some changes to the format which will allow for a more balanced prizing and awards structure for Toughest Mudder and will lead to exciting new changes and enhancements for World’s Toughest 2017 [details coming soon]. In any case, we can’t wait to bring this new event format to life in less than two months. First off, here are some updates for World’s Toughest Mudder 2017: World’s Toughest Mudder (detailed updates / blog post coming very soon) We’re back in Vegas baby! Nov 11th, 2017, same great venue, new and improved course and obstacles Hints for WTM ‘17: Sweet new bibs, New prizing categories, New award categories, Kick ass new 2018 obstacles + new WTM unique features. Get excited and repeat after me: As a Tough Mudder, I pledge that I understand this event is a race… but not an excuse to be a selfish jerk I will uphold the Tough Mudder values of teamwork and camaraderieI will help my fellow competitors complete the courseI will not whine… losers whineI recognise that in life the race is long… and in the end, only really with myself*NEW – 2017 Toughest & World’s Toughest Pledge Here are the key updates you need to know for Toughest Mudder 2017: Contender Qualification for WTM [Updated] Must run 25 miles (or more) at a Toughest event to qualify as a contender for WTM ‘17 We’ve removed Top 30 placement from the qualification measure Contender perks will remain the same for WTM ‘17: Custom bib, Premium Pit & Start locations, and eligibility for cash prizing Toughest Mudder will be the primary method for Contender Qualification at WTM ‘17. There will be an application process released in the coming weeks which will outline how and where to submit an application and the past -or- relevant performance required to enter into this category at WTM ‘17 Elite Contender Qualification for WTM [New] Must place in the Top 5 at an RTM event in 2017 to qualify as an elite contender for WTM ‘17 Elite contender category will have the same perks as Contender, plus: Elite Bib and eligibility for Bonus prizing at WTM ‘17 50 Mile Bonus Prizing [Updated] Is now extended to include both Individual Female & Male categories A bonus prize of $5,000 will awarded to the winning participant/s in the Individual Female & Male categories if they reach 50 miles (or more) at a 2017 Toughest Mudder event. Prizing Categories [Updated] For a number of reasons, we have decided to remove the formal Team category at Toughest Mudder 2017. We are in no way discouraging people from forming teams and running to form teams and run as a group. But, based on interest and feedback, we determined that a formal Team category at this particular event does not make sense to keep in the first year. We have re-allocated the prize money to other exciting areas (some of which will be announced in a few weeks). To be 100% clear, teamwork and camaraderie will always be at the core of Tough Mudder events. This doesn’t change the fact that you will still need the support of your fellow Mudders to complete the course and for those registered to run as a team, you are absolutely encouraged to still do so. Individual Female and Male prizing categories have been increased and extended to 5th place to: 1st Place = $5,000 (4000 GBP) 2nd Place – $2,000 (1500 GBP) 3rd Place = $1,000 (800 GBP) 4th Place = $500 (400 GBP) 5th Place = $250 (200 GBP) Achievement Awards [Updated] 25 Miles = 25 Mile Toughest Mudder Patch & Qualification for Contender Category at WTM ‘17 50 Miles = 50 Mile Toughest Mudder Patch Finisher Awards [Updated] Finishers will receive: Custom Toughest Mudder: Bib, T-Shirt, and Headband Additionally, each Toughest Mudder finisher will receive a unique event patch Annual Mileage Bonus Award – Most Miles [New] $10,000 Bonus Prize to the Male & Female with the most Toughest miles at the end of the year Limited to Top (3) performances in 2017 (i.e. only mileage from best 3 events will count) Will be awarded at the WTM 2017 – Carb Load Dinner Additional things to note: Event Timing: Remains at 8hrs, from 12:00 a.m (midnight) Saturday, to 8:00 a.m. Sunday morning Course Distance: Remains at 5 miles, circuit style / amlap Support Crew: Each participant will be allowed (2) support crew for assistance during the race, $25 (20 GBP) price point for support crew. Support Crew must be associated with a participant Can assist and support athletes from within the Mudder Village for duration of the event Drop Zone: Unlike World’s Toughest, camping space will not be provided, however, there will be a large main Drop Zone tent, which have a small space for each participant and support crew to drop race equipment and supplies.The Race tent will also house: Medical, Timing, and Race Info Center* Important Note: There will be limited supplies onsite for the overnight event, support Crew and spectators are expected to bring food/drinks and supplies as needed to spend the night. Support Crew and spectators will have unlimited in/out access to and from Mudder Village and can leave site and return as desired. Bringing warm clothing, blanket, headlamp, and a lawn chair is recommended. * Course Layout: Will utilize TWO distinct 5-mile loops for use at different times during the event each with a different set of obstacles Obstacles, last but not least Obstacles Obstacles Obstacles! Yes, they will adjusted. Yes, they will be tougher. Yes, they will be king at Toughest Mudder 2017. BE EXCITED! See you all at a Toughest Mudder in 2017, Toughest Mudder Race Directors*Please check local event pages for regional differences.