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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.

With just days left to sign up for World's Toughest Mudder 2014, contenders are approaching their final, yet pivotal stretch of training. Faced with the extreme task of covering 100 miles of obstacle-riddled terrain in 24 straight hours for any chance at victory, one would assume training is a full-time job - and it very well could be.

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If you’re getting advice from even the most seasoned World’s Toughest Mudder (WTM) contenders, be sure to take it with a grain of salt (or more appropriately, sand) because for the first time ever, the extreme 24-hour military obstacle course race will be held on never-before-experienced WTM terrain--the desert sands of Las Vegas.

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If you’re getting advice from even the most seasoned World’s Toughest Mudder (WTM) contenders, be sure to take it with a grain of salt (or more appropriately, sand) because for the first time ever, the extreme 24-hour military obstacle course race will be held on never-before-experienced WTM terrain--the desert sands of Las Vegas. 

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Dear Mudders, World’s Toughest Mudders, and Future World’s Toughest Mudders:

It’s that time of year again. The time of year when all of you crazy Mudders start deciding whether you want to put your body through one of the most challenging and badass events on the planet.

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With Vegas playing host to World’s Toughest Mudder for the first time ever this year, the stage is set for one daring desert dash. But the course temperature isn’t the only thing heating up this year at Lake Las Vegas. WTM 2014 will see the past two women’s champions, Deanna Blegg of Australia, the reigning WTM champion, and Amelia Boone of Chicago, the 2012 WTM champion, compete for a chance to become the first ever two-time female World’s Toughest Mudder.

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Virginia native and six-time Tough Mudder finisher Heather Ferguson is much more than a World’s Toughest Mudder. She’s mother to the World’s Toughest Baby. So what exactly constitutes “tough” for a baby? How about running 1,600 miles… before being born. Yes, we thought she had some explaining to do too--that’s why we asked Heather to tell her story of her daughter Zoey, aka World’s Toughest Baby (WTB), in her own words.

Be afraid, Chuck Norris. Be very afraid.

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If you’re getting advice from even the most seasoned World’s Toughest Mudder (WTM) contenders, be sure to take it with a grain of salt (or more appropriately, sand) because for the first time ever, the extreme 24-hour military obstacle course race will be held on never-before-experienced WTM terrain—the desert sands of Las Vegas.

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Let's all get over the phrase, "What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas." Anyone who's been to Sin City knows that any questionably awesome stuff you get yourself into gets tucked away in your brag bag, just waiting for the optimal moment to emerge and let the world know how adventurous you are.

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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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On most days, Vegas’ boldest gamblers are found in exclusive high roller rooms or at no-limit tables behind heavily-guarded, back-alley doors. On November 16, 2014, however, Sin City’s most fearless risk-takers will assemble at Lake Las Vegas for one of the world’s most insane endurance races—World’s Toughest Mudder.

For the first time ever, World’s Toughest Mudder, the military obstacle course endurance race to determine which man, woman and team can cover the most miles of course in 24 hours, will be held in the sweltering heat of the Nevada desert.

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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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What is WTM?

World’s Toughest Mudder (WTM) is a 24-hour around-the-clock version of Tough Mudder. Whereas regular Tough Mudder is “Probably the Toughest Event on the Planet,” WTM (or “World’s Toughest” as it’s colloquially called) lays legitimate claim to actually being THE toughest event on the planet. WTM this year will be held November 15-16 at Lake Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. (Yes, we said “Vegas.”)

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The average 5K is completed in 30 minutes. The average marathon is completed in 4 hours and 30 minutes. The average Ironman is completed in 12 hours and 30 minutes. At World's Toughest Mudder, however, 24 hours isn't just the average completion time—it's the only completion time.

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When Ryan Atkins told the border control officer his reason for entering into the US from Canada in mid-November, the officer noted that Raceway Park, host of World's Toughest Mudder 2013, was a common calling for crossing Canadians that day. Without missing a beat, his girlfriend, Lindsay, sitting beside him, wittingly remarked, “Yeah, but you haven't had the winner come through yet, have you?”

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