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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.

For 52x Tough Mudder and World's Toughest Mudder Legionnaire, former Marine, and cancer survivor Darth Vader, leg amputation surgery marks the beginning of a new chapter in the athlete’s storied career.
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Tough Mudder's 10-12 mile military-style obstacle course is about much more than overcoming on-course obstacles-- it's a chance for people around the world to test their fitness while bonding with friends and fellow Mudders and overcoming physical, mental and personal obstacles along the way.

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May 2, 2015 marks the five year anniversary of Tough Mudder’s very first event at Bear Creek ski resort in Pennsylvania. Needless to say, it’s been a wild, memorable, epic half-decade ride.

Watch how far we’ve come in a few short years, and then get caught up on your Tough Mudder history by visiting our Tough Mudder 5 Year Anniversary Page.

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Sometimes a few words of wisdom is all it takes to move man into action. During the toughest of times, we all access our internal, inspirational arsenal for reassurance and motivation. And as all Mudders know, inspiration, like plunging off Walk the Plank, is something you can never get too much of.

So to help get you out of bed, out of a rut, or out of your comfort zone and into the Tough Mudder start chute, here are TM's top five quotes for Mudder motivation.

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Tough Mudder's 10-12 mile military-style obstacle course is about much more than overcoming on-course obstacles-- it's a chance for people around the world to test their fitness while bonding with friends and fellow Mudders and overcoming physical, mental and personal obstacles along the way.

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Before reading on, take a few seconds to think of your greatest fear. Feel the vulnerability. Experience the mental, or even physical, tension within. Done? Now congratulate yourself—you're completely normal. 

Here at TMHQ, we think fear gets a bad rap. This year, instead of being paralyzed by your fears, let them motivate you. So as you begin your journey standing up to the great bully that is that four-lettered F word, here are some helpful hints to keep in mind:

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Tough Mudder's 10-12 mile military-style obstacle course is about much more than overcoming on-course obstacles-- it's a chance for people around the world to test their fitness while bonding with friends and fellow Mudders and overcoming physical, mental and personal obstacles along the way.

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Being the sports and movie buffs that you and your team are, you were probably already acquainted with our favorite unknown underdog teams. You’ve also probably seen the inspirational sports classics like Miracle, Hoosiers and Rocky.

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While it’s common for Tough Mudder participants to fundraise for and donate money to charity throughout their Mudder journey, 33-year-old Ben Chan from New York City has taken role of donor to a whole new level, exemplifying what it means to be a Mudder. 

Sharing the same hometown as Ben, we recently caught up with him to hear his inspiring “scars to stars” story.

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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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Everyone loves an underdog story. Some, if not most, of histories most memorable sports moments involve nail-biting David vs. Goliath matchups with everything on the line. Throughout the years, however, countless amazing, storybook-like team achievements have seeped through the cracks of sports history.

Here are four of our favorites:

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Tough Mudder's 10-12 mile military-style obstacle course is about much more than overcoming on-course obstacles-- it's a chance for people around the world to test their fitness while bonding with friends and fellow Mudders and overcoming physical, mental and personal obstacles along the way.

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Before running a big event like Tough Mudder, we look for ways to pump ourselves up. We might dust off our old Jock Jams album, look to mentors for words of wisdom or continuously loop the Rocky-Ivan Drago fight (spoiler alert - Rocky wins). But what if instead of looking outside of us, we started looking inside of us for confidence and self-assurance?

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Thien-than C su-Chet’s (aka “TNT”) favorite Tough Mudder course is Raceway Park, home to Tough Mudder Tri-State. Ask him why, and he’ll tell you that it’s storied, gritty, rugged and demands absolute respect.

Having gotten to know TNT over the past few months, I find that in describing Tough Mudder’s most storied venue, he’s inadvertently describing himself.

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In 2014, more women took on Tough Mudder than any other year in TM  history. Inspired by their strength, commitment and ability to prove that “Mudder” knows no gender, we’re here to run down some of our most inspiring on-course photos of female Mudders this year.

Paying it Forward


A woman reaches down to help a fellow Mudder reach the summit of Pyramid Scheme at Tough Mudder SoCal.

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