The story behind the Nashville 2014 Sunday Cancellation

Published on June 10, 2014 by TMHQ

Nashville Mudders,

There have been a lot of questions about Sunday’s canceled event. We understand the frustration—we know you trained, traveled and were ready to take on the event, and while this was disappointing, there was no way around it.

Here’s the story of how the event got canceled, and why.

Saturday night, just after 7:30 p.m., an intense microburst blew in to Spring Hill, TN. We had been dealing with rough weather conditions on the ground for the past week, but this storm was different. In the words of Mayor Rick Graham: “It was quite a surprise… The radar had a little bitty blip, but when it came through it was very powerful.”

Within hours, the storm had downed trees and power lines, and caused flooding throughout the area. Around 9 pm, a tornado warning was put into effect for several counties.

As soon we were safely able, we returned to the event site to examine the damage. This is what we found:

Tents had been ripped from the ground and mangled. A creek had swelled, leaving more than half of the course impassable and washing away a bridge along a medical access route. A foot of standing water covered large parts of Mudder Village.

Canceling the event was still an absolute last resort, and we worked through the night doing anything in our power to host the event. We considered all possibilities.

At daybreak, our Medical Director did a final evaluation of the situation. After examining the condition of the medical tent, the equipment, and the state of the emergency access routes, he determined that it would be impossible to hold a safe event. We’re used to working through hard conditions. But when our Medical team says that conditions are unsafe for participants, that’s the final word. Your safety is our number one priority, and we simply cannot risk it, no matter how much we all want the event to go on.

As we cleaned up on Sunday, we spoke with many of you in person. We know the rest of the town and surrounding area (upwards of 12k people from what we’ve read) was badly damaged and our thoughts remain with those impacted.

We’re looking forward to seeing you all at a future TM event, and most of you should have already received emails with instructions and next steps. Thanks for sticking with us through the rough days, and we remain committed to bringing the highest quality events to all members of Mudder Nation.

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  • Volfanatic13's picture
    Volfanatic13 03:02 pm on June 10th

    Lucky enuf to run on Saturday......went to run on Sunday and saw some of the damage. Spoke with staff and they were very friendly and apologetic. Thank u mudder for looking out for us.....and remember we only lost a run....a lot of ppl near there lost a lot more. Prayer for them. Mudder Chaos will be back for our 2nd yellow!

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    jty1369 04:53 pm on June 10th

    Paid for Sunday, now can't get refund. All because the site wasn't secured for bad weather by the crew; probably were too worried about getting to CMA Fest on time!! Tough Mudder maybe, RESILIENT not so much!

  • jack-sass's picture
    jack-sass 02:43 pm on June 11th

    @jty1369, That's hardly fair. The kinds of winds they experienced would have been impossible to secure those tents against. But moreover, if you had read the entire blog, the event wasn't cancelled because of lack of tents, it was cancelled because the course, including a bridge, were too damaged to handle emergency traffic. Also, YOU agreed to the t&c's before you paid for your ticked, and in doing so, YOU told Tough Mudder you didn't want a refund if it was cancelled for weather reasons. You obviously didn't read either this entire blog or the t&c's so you are hardly qualified to comment.

  • bryan-ogg-3's picture
    bryan-ogg-3 03:54 pm on June 11th

    Well put, jack-sass

  • christinadw's picture
    christinadw 12:18 pm on June 13th

    I have been trying to get in touch with TM since the race was canceled and no one from the company has bothered to get back to me. I feel so ignored. I've even reached out to EventBrite for help because I'm at a loss on how to fix my situation.

  • christinadw's picture
    christinadw 09:17 pm on June 14th

    My situation is fixed now! :)

  • tcandliz's picture
    tcandliz 09:45 pm on June 19th

    And then when I go to transfer to WV, you all charge me $2. Eff you. I'm not doing another TM after WV and I'll make sure all my running friends know how little respect you have for your customers.

  • palbonet's picture
    palbonet 05:25 pm on June 22nd

    I haven't gotten an email about the Nashville Mudder. I was scheduled to run and expected an email from them by now. Has anyone else had to wait this long?

    Are we able to transfer to another event? I want to run in Ohio in August but don't know what to do.

  • palbonet's picture
    palbonet 05:27 pm on June 22nd

    I haven't gotten an email about the Nashville Mudder. I was scheduled to run and expected an email from them by now. Has anyone else had to wait this long?

    Are we able to transfer to another event? I want to run in Ohio in August but don't know what to do.