A Letter to 2014 World’s Toughest Mudder Contenders from WTM Course Designer Brady Archer

Published on July 30, 2014 by Brady Archer

Dear Mudders, World’s Toughest Mudders, and Future World’s Toughest Mudders:

It’s that time of year again. The time of year when all of you crazy Mudders start deciding whether you want to put your body through one of the most challenging and badass events on the planet.

You start wondering whether you have the stamina, the will power and the tenacity to take on what is probably the toughest event on the planet. You start thinking about training, about gear, about fueling up during the race, about whether or not to sleep during the event, and the always popular question of whether or not you can pee inside of your 4/3 wetsuit and still be able to respect yourself in the morning.

While you’re pondering those questions, here at TMHQ, we are preoccupied with a whole other set of decisions. The first was where to host an event worthy of being called World’s Toughest Mudder. As many of you know, we’ve spent the last three years hosting WTM on hallowed stomping grounds, Raceway Park in Englishtown, New Jersey. However, everyone knows that variety is the spice of life. It was time to change things up, and we decided to take a gamble… literally. After combing the globe over, we settled on the desert sands of Lake Las Vegas to play host to WTM 2014.

This is not going to be the Vegas that you encountered during your most recent bachelor or bachelorette party, however. Instead of nightclubs, bottle service, strip joints and blackjack, you will be taking on nighttime Everest, chugging water, shimmying with Pole Dancer and nursing black and blues.

With our location picked, you might be wondering what else we’ve been up to. Actually, we just got back from a crazy planning trip in the desert where we laid the groundwork for the biggest and best WTM yet. We sent a team of eight of our most elite into the cool 111-degree Vegas desert to design a course as absurdly insane as the obstacles that adorn it.

Unfortunately, we’re not about to give away all the tricks we have up our mud-coated sleeves--most of that’s going to have to wait ‘til you roll up to WTM. BUT! We are happy to dish out some WTM Pro Tips and helpful hints to get you properly training.

First off, WTM 2014 is in the desert. That means sand, rocks and general loose terrain. Start running on beaches, trails or whatever unconsolidated stretches of earth you can find. It will help.

Next, prepare for the temperature swings. Again, it’s the desert. That means warm days and cool nights--a great, new dynamic for what has historically been a cold-weather event. You can plan on daytime highs in the mid 60s and lows in the 40s. And, in case you haven't had a chance to take a peek at the venue yet, a simple Google Map search for Lake Las Vegas will reveal a giant lake smack dab in the middle of the venue. Guess what that means? Yes, water, so prepare to swim. A lot.

Our team on the ground spent a lot of time experimenting with some new obstacle ideas that will surely raise the wow-factor up a notch or two. If you remember Leap of Faith from WTM 2013, then you know we don’t mess around when it comes to taking it to the next level.

While we’re nowhere near divulging our obstacle list to you just yet, we will share with you three preview shots of obstacles that may or may not sneak their way onto the WTM 2014 course this year.

In closing, here are some (purposely ambiguous) photos from our most recent trip to Lake Las Vegas.

See you in Sin City,
Brady Archer
Tough Mudder Senior Operations Supervisor