2019 Toughest Mudder FAQs

By TMHQ | May 13, 2019


Q:  How does it work?

A:  Toughest Mudder is simple - we set up a 5-mile course with up to 20 of Tough Mudder’s best obstacles. You come and run through the night to see how many laps of the course you can do in 12 hours. Sounds easy, right?


Q: What is new to Toughest Mudder in the 2019 season?

A: A few things have changed from the 2018 season to the 2019 season. Toughest Mudder had been raised from 8 hours to 12 hours and will continue to be through the night, from 8pm on Saturday to 8am Sunday. We have also added in 2-Person and 4-Person Team Relay categories so participants can run together and crush the course as a team. When it comes to awards, all participants will receive unique finisher medals while the top 3 Male and Female finishers will receive first, second and third medals.  There are also new mileage achievement patches for reaching 25, 30, 35, 40, 45, 50, 55, and 60 miles. Each runner will receive one mileage patch for the highest 5-mile increment achieved at the end of the event (i.e. if you run 40 miles, you get one 40-mile patch, not a 25, 30, 35 as well).


Q: What are the timings for the event?

A: Saturday 4:00pm - Check In and Pit Area Open

Saturday 6:00pm - Last Registration

Saturday 7:15pm - Race Briefing

Saturday 8:00pm - Race Starts

Sunday 8:00am - Race Ends

Sunday 8:15am - Awards Ceremony

Sunday 9:00am - Pit Area Closes


Q: Will there be the normal water stations with electrolytes, energy bars, bananas, etc.?

A:  There will be one water station on the Toughest Mudder course roughly midway through the 5 mile course.  There will only be water provided at these locations. All additional food or drinks needed will have to be brought in by competitors or support crew.


Q: Will I need a wetsuit?

A: Wetsuits are recommended depending on expected weather and temperature but not mandatory for participation.


Q: Will I need a headlamp or flashers?

A:  A headlamp is required at all times, as well as a strobe light or glow stick are required for each participant.  Beginning at sunrise on Sunday morning runners will be allowed to run without these items. It is recommended that participants bring extras in case of damage or loss.  If the headlamp and/or flasher/glow stick is lost or broken during an active lap, runners are allowed to finish that current lap but must replace them before starting a new lap.


Q: Will I need a support crew and if so what are the instructions?

A:  Each runner can have a maximum of 4 support crew at the event.  Support crew can provide assistance to runners only in the Pit area.  This includes helping runners change equipment, having food and drink prepared between course laps, and providing timing information.


Q: Will I be able to pitch tents like in World’s Toughest Mudder?

A:  Each Individual participant will be allocated a 10x10 foot space to set up in the pit area. All 2-Person and 4-Person Team Relay participants will receive a 10x20 foot space to set up in the pit area. Athletes are allowed to set up tents and supplies in this space. The full list of allowed and prohibited items can be found in the official rules.  Runners are allowed and encouraged to share pit spaces if desired.


Q: Will there be food services available overnight for Support Crew / Participants?

A: We are working towards getting food trucks to stay open all night to provide participants and support crew with food to purchase, but please plan on bringing enough food and supplies to support everyone through the night. There will be coffee and hot chocolate through the night and bagels provided in the morning, but otherwise come prepared to survive 12 hours on your own.


Q: Will there be spectators at Toughest Mudder?  

A: Yes, spectators can attend Toughest Mudder in the US and Canada.  Support Crew tickets embody both Pit Crew and Spectators. You can purchase these tickets for $30 online and $35 onsite.


Q:  What supplies do I need to bring as a runner?

A:  We would suggest: 2x regular running equipment (shoes, socks, shorts, shirt), wetsuit, headlamp (waterproof), Flasher (waterproof), towels, change of dry clothes, enough food and water to support 12 hours of running, and a means of keeping gear dry in your pit spot (tarp, waterproof containers, etc.).  Tents up to 10x10 feet are allowed, but do you really plan on sleeping?


Q:  What if I want to run with a teammate?

A:  Participants will have several options to run with teammates. Those wishing to run with friends can form a team during the registration process with no limit to the amount of people on a team. This category will be for runners who want to run with friends as a team but will not be tracked officially against other teams. Athletes who wish to run as a competitive team have two options in the team relay category:  2-Person Team Relay or 4-Person Team Relay. These teams can be any gender make-up. The team relay category rules are that 50% of the team must be running together on any given lap while the other teammate(s) rest. More information and instruction can be found in the official rules.


Q:  Are there new Contender qualification mileage levels for World’s Toughest Mudder in 2019?

A:  Once you register for World’s Toughest Mudder, you will automatically be placed in the Open Category. If you run 35+ miles (female), 40+ miles (male) or 45+ miles (total team mileage for 2-Person and 4-Person Team Relay) you will officially receive Contender status.


Q: If I earn World’s Toughest Mudder qualifications as part of a team, does that mean I can only participate at the team level at World’s Toughest Mudder or can I compete as a contender as an individual at World’s Toughest Mudder?

A: Yes, if you qualify for contender status while part of a team at Regional Toughest Mudder, you can carry that status over to World’s Toughest Mudder and participate as an individual while still holding on to your contender status.


Q: If I qualify by running 35+ miles (female), 40+ miles (male), or 45+ miles (2-Person and 4-Person Team Relay) can I give my contender spot away to another participant who is running WTM?

A: No, you can only claim your own performance for contender status.


Q: When registering for America’s Toughest Mudder, how can I save money?

A: If you are running in the Team Relay category you can bring a friend / family member to be a volunteer from either 6pm - 2am or 2am - 10am. If this happens, your relay team will receive a $100 rebate.