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Being a Mudder℠ is all about taking on the obstacles in your life and the enormous sense of accomplishment that you feel when you overcome them.

While every Tough Mudder course has a “no whining” policy, this year, we have no choice but to be a little lax on this rule. The reason? Cry Baby-- Tough Mudder’s latest tearjerker of an obstacle that stirred up a media frenzy earlier this year.

An enclosed structure filled with a (safe) tear gas-like concoction brewed by our mad-minded course team, Cry Baby will have your eyes flowing with tears of, um, laughter--yeah, laughter.

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Two weeks ago, during the great northeast snowshow, we challenged Mudders to capture their outdoor workout and upload it using #SnowMudder. We promised the winner a flight, hotel stay and entry to Tough Mudder Whistler 2015. While we got hundreds of hilarious submissions from Mudders nationwide, one Mudder boldly stood out from the rest.

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While there will indeed be a World’s Toughest Mudder winner, being the first to cross the finish line is far from the only reward of the day. In fact, simply staying on the 5-mile military obstacle course circuit for the entire 24-hour race is reason enough to celebrate.

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As you round the corner around mile ten at Tough Mudder this year, you’ll see what appears to be another Funky Monkey in the distance. Get a little closer, and you’re reaction might be something like this: WHAT THE #$@& IS THAT?

Well, that’d be Dead Ringer, and here’s what you need to know about it.

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In training for a Tough Mudder, most people execute their extreme workouts in gyms. Others take a more hands-on approach—hitting the great outdoors and channeling their inner animal. One Mudder, however, takes animalistic training to a whole new level.

Meet 24-year-old safari park keeper and future Tough Mudder Scotland finisher Graeme Alexander, practitioner of quite possibly the world’s ‘wildest’ workout routine. So with whom and where does Graeme train? With Rhinos. At a safari park. In Scotland.

Yeah. We had some questions too.

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1. It’ll be here before you know it.


Mudder season kicks off in just a few weeks on March 7th with Tough Mudder Gulf Coast. Lucky for you, however, there’s still plenty of time to get on a training regimen to prepare for a Tough Mudder event near you before the coming price increases at midnight on January 29.

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While there will indeed be a World’s Toughest Mudder winner, being the first to cross the finish line is far from the only reward of the day. In fact, simply staying on the 5-mile military obstacle course circuit for the entire 24-hour race is reason enough to celebrate. Knowing this, leading up to World’s Toughest Mudder (WTM) in Las Vegas on November 15, 2014, we’ll be highlighting the training and preparation regimens of a variety of Mudders with different mileage goals.

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Sticking to New Year’s resolutions ain’t pretty. Sadly, our December ambition often fails to meet our January commitment. But 2015 is going to be different. Why? Cause Mudder Nation is in your corner, and we’re here to show you five surefire ways to stick to your 2015 resolutions--whatever they may be.

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So you’ve made a promise to finally whip yourself into shape (for real this time). Well, guess what? You’re already winning. Like signing up for a Tough Mudder, making the decision to get your act together is the beginning of one epic life-changing experience. But like tipping over a smart car, getting started is the hardest part.

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1. Because you can


With the right mentality and the right team, anyone can reach the finish line--all it takes is audacity to say “I’ll try,” just like these motivating Mudders of 2014.

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One of the oldest African proverbs states, “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” At TMHQ, we’re a living, breathing extension of this age-old motto. As any member of Mudder Legion will tell you, teamwork is the very foundation on which Tough Mudder is built. But what is it about a team that makes Tough Mudder THAT much better? As we know how busy you are assembling your team, we’ve gone ahead and broken down the benefits.

DIVERSITY

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At World's Toughest Mudder 2014, the two respective WTM 2012 and 2013 women's champions, Amelia Boone and Deanna Blegg, will give their all for another chance at WTM glory.

Ironically, however, they won’t be direct competitors.

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Even adhering to all our Tough Mudder tips, our military obstacle course is excruciating enough. There’s no reason to let additional obstacles like cramps, dehydration, nausea and unnecessary fatigue get between you and the finish line. But like deciphering workout fact from myth, navigating the net of nutritional knowledge can be as daunting as maneuvering your way through Mud Mile in a blindfold.

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Like “eating right,” “working out right” is a phrase subject to a myriad of contradicting claims that blur the line between fact and opinion; universal truths and case-by-case exceptions —and rightfully so—like no two human bodies are identical, neither are the goals of two routines

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The only parts of your body not throbbing are the one's you've lost feeling in. You stop to wince, and the dried mud on your face cracks where smiles did eight miles ago. You look up and there she is—Everest. “Why didn't they put this earlier?” you think to yourself. Following is, “How do I get up this thing?”

As the devious answer to question one is far too obvious, let's spend our TMHQ QT today on question two. Straight from our mad-minded course creators, here are Tough Mudder's top five tips for toppling Everest.

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