Over 1,500 people gathered outside of the Las Vegas Strip in the middle of the desert surrounding Lake Las Vegas for the 6th annual World’s Toughest Mudder on November 12 + 13th. The culmination of the 2016 season, WTM brings together the Mudder Nation tribe from all corners of the globe. Elite athletes run side-by-side with dedicated legionnaires as they redefine what their personal best is throughout the 24-hour endurance race. For some, it’s running over 100 miles, for others it’s simply making it through 24-hours of a 5-mile loop consisting of 20+ obstacles and 800 feet in elevation changes.
Between near perfect weather and the best course design we’ve ever created, 2016 was the year to break records. Only one man has ever ran 100 gruelling miles at World’s Toughest (legendary OCR athlete, Ryan Atkins), but this past weekend Tough Mudder inducted 5 new elite athletes into the 100 Mile Club.
With $100,000 on the line for the first man, woman, or team of two to hit 100 miles within 24-hours, 2016 was one of the most exciting World’s Toughest Mudder’s to date.
TEAM OF TWO: Coming in first place, winning the $100k grand prize was Team Goat Tough: Ryan Atkins and Jon Albon who completed an impressive 105 miles before crossing the finish line. Following closely behind was Team America, consisting of OCR elite athletes Chad Trammell and Robert Killian who finished with an impressive 100 miles, securing second place and entry into the new orange jacket 100 Mile Club.
SINGLE MALE: No stranger to flipping the switch when the going gets tough, many had eyes on Nickademus Hollon to take the $100K prize in 2016 however after an extended break in the pit, Hollon dropped after reaching 75 miles. Previous WTM champ Jungyong Pak, who initially had the lead for a good portion of the race was pulled for medical reasons through the night. Quietly behind them both the entire time was Trevor Cichosz, whose ability to keep a steady pace and stay in the zone ultimately led him to the top of the leaderboard. Austin Azar took second after turning up the heat once the sun went down moving up from 5th place. Taking third was WTM veteran Kris Mendoza, also reaching 100 miles.
SINGLE FEMALE: From start to finish there was no question that first time World’s Toughest Mudder, Stefanie Bishop, was going to take the top prize for the female category. With each lap Bishop created a longer lead, leaving second and third place winners Susanne Kraus and Morgan McKay no way to catch the seasoned OCR athlete and adventure racer. Spending the weeks leading up to the event in Colorado preparing for the 24-hour race, she hardly announced her entry into WTM and arrived in Nevada ready to see what she could do - which was ultimately an impressive 85 miles.