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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.