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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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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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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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Last weekend, over 1200 of the toughest people on the face of the planet descended on the desert sands of Las Vegas.  Competitors from every corner of the globe came to Lake Las Vegas to compete in the 5th annual World’s Toughest Mudder competition.  WTM is a 24 hour endurance mud run that tests every facet of an athlete.

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Saturday at 2pm in Las Vegas cannot come soon enough.  Here at TMHQ, we have spent the last 12 months planning what we feel is the best WTM course to date.  With year 5 of WTM upon us, we were able to take all of the learnings from the first 4 events, and create the most challenging and well-rounded event you have seen to date.  This course will test every facet of the competitors skill set, both mental and physical.

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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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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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In honor of 2 Million Mudders crossing our finish line, throughout the month of August, we'll be highlighting the personal fundraising efforts of inspiring Mudders. To learn more about running and raising for charity, visit our official 2 Million Mudders page.

Any day now, 27-year-old Mary Ann Emerick from City Island, New York knows she could start showing the symptoms of Huntington’s disease, the disease that took her mother, grandfather and aunt.

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