Sometimes it blows our collective TMHQ mind to think that no one in North America has stepped foot onto a Tough Mudder course since 2019. That’s one whole calendar year without the boundary-pushing, heart-racing, mud-flying joy of tackling obstacles with a cohort of friends and strangers. If you’re looking at the 2021 calendar wondering how to make your return (or debut) to the mud with a bang then let us reintroduce you to our trademark, our flagship, our main squeeze – Tough Mudder Classic.
Why Should I Run Tough Mudder Classic?
A simple question deserves a simple answer. Because it’s epic. But okay, we know you might be looking a little more detail than that so here are our top five reasons why you should dig deep and go for Tough Mudder Classic this season.
1. 25 World-Class Obstacles
Yes you read that right, that’s 25 obstacles set over 10 miles of muddy terrain (which really is an obstacle all of its own). That 25 will include the obstacles you know, love, and hear other people talking about like Everest, Block Ness Monster, Pyramid Scheme, Mud Mile and yes Arctic Enema and Electroshock Therapy. But it will also include some brand new additions, a few old favorites from our back catalogue and some upgrades too.
That’s the great thing about Tough Mudder (or one of many if we may say so ourselves). Every course in the United States and Canada in 2021 will be different AND if you’re coming to an event later in the season you may even get the chance to test some early versions of 2022 obstacles. Woah.
2. Unrivalled Teamwork and Camaraderie
Wondering how Tough Mudder differs from those other obstacle course events and even other road runs? It’s the teamwork. We don’t care about how fast you get round the course, or even if you can get all the way across Funky Monkey. What we want is for you to feel the unmistakable buzz of overcoming an obstacle with the help of your fellow humans – whether they’re the friends you came with or someone you picked up along the way.
Teamwork, camaraderie, kindness and generosity are everywhere on a Tough Mudder Classic course. That random guy there who you’ve never seen before in your life? He’s going to let you put your filthy, muddy shoes on his shoulder so you can clamber over Berlin Walls. And your mates, the ones that tease you constantly? They’re going to cheer so loudly for you as you cross the finish line. Seriously, if you’re feeling down on humanity in general get yourself to a Tough Mudder Classic course.
Wondering if that means Tough Mudder 5K is lacking in the teamwork department? No chance. But taking on Tough Mudder Classic is going to give you 25 chances to work together and we like those odds.
3. The Ultimate Test of Mind and Body
If Tough Mudder has always been on your bucket list we’re going to guess that’s not because you just want the headband or finisher pic. Tough Mudder is a challenge and if you choose to take on Tough Mudder Classic then 10 miles and 25 obstacles is going to push you. But that’s the point right? This isn’t a jog around your local park or a trip to the cinema – this is an experience and an achievement. Something you can look forward to and enjoy, but also something that will push you out of your comfort zone and give you that incredible feeling of accomplishment once it’s over.
If you’re wondering what your mind has to do with it, then let us ask you a question. What are you afraid of? We’re going to guess that heights, small spaces and water will feature on most people’s list but what you might not have considered sliding into a dumpster of ice, dropping backwards out of a tube into water and running through electrified wires. You might feel afraid, or at least apprehensive many times along the course, but feeling the fear and doing it anyway will put you on top of the world.
4. Legionnaire Status (and Swag of course)
Anyone who does any kind of Tough Mudder event will be welcomed with open arms into Mudder Nation. But to become a legionnaire (and to start collecting those all important legionnaire headbands) you have to complete a Tough Mudder Classic. If this talk of legionnaires and headbands is news to you, let us explain.
Cross the finish line on a Tough Mudder Classic course and you’ll receive the renowned orange headband, then next time you run not only will you receive another orange headband but you’ll also get a green headband, on your third time you’ll get an orange headband and also a blue one and so on and so forth all the way up to 100 headbands (and yes we have actually awarded these to some very special Mudders).
5. Serious Bragging Rights
Look, we all know that if you tell someone you’ve run Tough Mudder they’re going to want to know if you did “the ice one” and “the electricity one“. What can we say? They’re iconic. So to ensure you can brag as much as you like and use that finisher pic on dating apps with full confidence – go with Tough Mudder Classic.
Have we got you convinced? Secure your Tough Mudder classic spot now and let the bragging start early.