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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 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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November 14, 2015.

Mark down this date in your calendar as the day you will travel to Las Vegas to push your own limits farther than you've ever pushed them before. The day you will stop saying, "I'll do that someday" and start saying "F*ck it, sign me up". The day you will embark on one hell of an adventure. Also known as, the day of World's Toughest Mudder 2015.

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At the end of 24 grueling hours of competition, the 2014 World’s Toughest Mudder champion’s podium supported some familiar mud-encrusted soles.

In a field of 1,200 of the world’s fiercest extreme adventure athletes, six champions: one man, one woman and four teammates, respectively covered the most miles of obstacle-riddled Vegas desert terrain in 24 hours to claim the title of World’s Toughest Mudder 2014.

Let’s meet this year’s champions.

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As the Tough Mudder 2014 season comes to an end, we want to relive some of your favorite moments from 2014. Every weekend we are hosting a #TMInstaContest on our Instagram page. Use the weekend's hashtag for your chance to be featured here on our blog, with the best photo winning a ticket to a Tough Mudder 2015 event. 

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Weren't out at Lake Las Vegas, NV for #WTM2014? Here are four ways to get the recap: (1) grab a beer and watch all the 40+ real-time videos we made at www.toughmudder.com/wtm-live or on youtube at: http://bit.ly/1BFMXZY (2) check out the Facebook albums on our FB page, (3) follow us on Instagram at tough_mudder and all the photos w/hashtags #WTM2014, (4) read back through our @toughmudder twitter feed. Then start training for #WTM2015.

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World's Toughest Mudder 2014 is officially in the books. Universally regarded as the toughest World's Toughest Mudder, it was also the most complex, challenging, fun, and full of community spirit of any WTM to date. Held on a beautiful but mercilessly hilly course overlooking Lake Las Vegas, and just beside the splendor of the Westin and Hilton Hotels, one of the most unique global events went down in true Mudder fashion. Hot during the day, cold and windy at night, and full of new and different obstacles, participants were challenged like never before.

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Hardy competitors continue to press on despite the cold wind, trying to hit mileage goals and go home with a coveted 25, 50, or 75 mile WTM bib. Overall #1 Ryan Atkins crossed the finish line approximately 15 mins ago, having completed 95 miles with an insurmountable 9 mile lead on second place Jarrod Pace (86 miles) of Sydney, Australia. Ryan will stop and repeat as the World's Toughest Mudder. The battle in the overall is now between Jarrod and Trevor Cichosz of Woodland, Washington, USA (85 miles) for second.

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Participants survived a very windy and extremely cold desert night. As the sun comes up, staying warm is a #1 priority for all. Atkins leads overall with 89 miles, pushing himself towards the 100 mile mark. Boone is now in 5th with 70 miles to her name.

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The event has officially begun! After a rousing speech by startline emcee @seancorvelle the Mudders took off in a blaze of glory. According to 2x (2011, 2012) World's Toughest Mudder champion Junyong Pak, however, the first and foremost danger of this hot Las Vegas climate is for participants to go out way too strong. Instead, he counseld: "Run the first half of the race with your head, and the second half with your heart." To meet some of these crazy participants, see here: http://bit.ly/1xrzty0.

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Sean Corvelle waits at the start line while nervous jitters dominate the Pit Area. Pit Crew members methodically to frantically prepare their runners with sunscreen, vaseline, and hopefully, boosts of confidence as we approach the T-minus 30 minutes mark to #WTM2014. Pak studies his excel-spreadsheet race plan, Ryan Atkins lurks inside his tent, Amelia Boone hangs out in the pit, last year's team winners 3AM Waterfalls chat it up in their tent, and Deanna Blegg and her colleagues of Under Armour's Team Australia get their team prepared. It's about to go down. 

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Competitors are currently undertaking the final hours of preparation in the chilly morning hours out at Lake Las Vegas, Nevada for the 2014 World's Toughest Mudder. Stay tuned to this page (toughmudder.com/wtm-live) for live updates, plus add us on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube channels so you don't miss one muddy step of this 24 hours of insane obstacles starting in just about 2.5 hours at 10am PST. Wish them all luck by using the hashtag #WTM2014. 

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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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1. Winning WTM is only possible if you are an ultra-marathoner.

It's true that in order to compete in WTM, you need to bring your A game. But that doesn't necessarily mean you have to have run ultra marathons. WTM is as much about mental grit, stamina, and heart as it is about physical endurance.

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Heads up, Mudders. Throughout the entire mind-numbing 24 hours of World’s Toughest Mudder 2014, one of the world’s most grueling endurance races, Tough Mudder will be broadcasting live media updates right here on the Tough Mudder Blog. Updates will include standing recaps, participant interviews, obstacle highlights, prize giveaways, wild WTM-related stunts and more.

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