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.
Think back to the last time you were at a race’s start line. Now envision the voice and face of that start line emcee. Can you picture him or her? Didn’t think so.
Now envision yourself at the Tough Mudder start line. A little different? Yea. That’s Sean Corvelle, Mudder Nation’s most motivating Mudder, that just came to mind. And while we all know Sean for his rousing start line speeches, there’s much more to the man behind the mic.
So to help all you Mudders get better acquainted, we sat down with Sean to talk life, obstacles and the power of positive energy.
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, enjoying a hair-raising, new flavor of fun and overcoming physical, mental and personal obstacles along the way.
Ask Kristina Kelly the thing she’s most proud of in her life, and she’ll name three: her marriage, her children and Tough Mudder.
Having lost an 8-year old sister to leukemia, Kristina and her team of a dozen family members, 18 to 48, compete in Tough Mudders to carry on her older sisters memory. To date, Team Kelly has finished six Tough Mudders, and they don’t plan on stopping anytime soon.
Find out what keeps them going.
To no surprise, TMHQ is home to many a dream job, and arguably the most coveted among these is Head Course Designer—a title held by one bold soul since Tough Mudder's inception in 2009. An ever-elusive, globetrotting go-getter, we caught up with the maddest mind in mud this off season to ask the questions on every Mudder's mind.
At 15, Dan Kosick, the 2014 Upstate New York Inspiring Mudder of the Year, lost his leg to cancer. Growing up, he struggled emotionally as well as physically with his disability. Then slowly, Dan began to change his attitude. Eventually he looked deep within and thought, “What am I hiding?”
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?”
As a double amputee arduously raising money for Wounded Warrior Project®, 25-year-old Hector Manley often gets mistaken for a wounded serviceman. While he politely corrects others’ understandable assumptions, not being able to serve his country on the front lines, as so many of his family members have done, has left somewhat of a void in his adult life.
Look atop any list of history’s most hair-raising jobs, and you’ll find ‘test pilot’ soaring high in the rankings. And while we’re no NASA, you might be surprised that we’ve got some modern-day test pilots of our own.
Throughout our entire off season and a great deal of our event season, the Alpha Testers of our Obstacle Innovation Lab put their daredevil reputations on the line testing our new obstacles for the very first time.
If we told you that a four-year-old Aussie has completed two Tough Mudders, you’d probably wonder what’s going on over at Tough Mudder Australia headquarters in Melbourne.
But fear not: Roxie, the youngest Mudder to cross our finish line, is not of Australian citizenship but breed, and her owner, Army Staff Sergeant Desiree Rincon of Tampa, would never dream of putting her in harm's way.
Name: Joe Perry
Occupation: Internet Service Provider
Hometown: Wallaceburg, Ontario
Headbands Earned: 14 (12 Tough Mudders, 2 World's Toughest Mudders)
After a sixth place finish at World’s Toughest Mudder 2013, Team Wheaties is primed for Vegas and eager to make another bold attempt at WTM glory. To do so, they’ll need to edge out last year’s team champions, 3am Waterfalls, Under Armour’s All-Australian Team and a pack of scrappy underdogs from across the globe.
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.
Name: Devon Musko
Occupation: Inside Sales Account Manager
Hometown: North Olmsted, OH
Headbands Earned: 21 (20 Tough Mudders, 1 World's Toughest Mudder)
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.