Ever wondered who are the crazy kids that work behind the scenes pulling together the best event on the planet? We’re a small, hardworking team who live and breathe Tough Mudder (yep, we’ve all drunk the Kool-Aid). It’s safe to say we’re all a little bit crazy, but as someone once said, it’s better to be crazy than boring!
So let’s meet the team. Paul ‘Mudgey’ Mudge
What is your role at Tough Mudder?
Director of Marketing and Partnerships, I basically look after anything that has a commercial relevance to the event. This includes anything from our sponsor activations in the village, to creating the videos you see on Facebook to working with our Official Charity Partners.
How did you come to be working at Tough Mudder?
I actually did the very first Tough Mudder in Melbourne – I was in the second start wave and was completely bitten by the brand. I started investigating the possibility of moving to the States to work at TMHQ and it just so happens that TM were opening an office in Australia. The rest as they say is history.
Give us an insiders perspective on the Tough Mudder course/world. What do you know that we don’t? Have you got any hot tips for future mudders?
The world of Tough Mudder is ever changing and there is so much that goes on behind the scenes to make the event and brand what it is. Tips for any future Mudders, simply be yourself and have fun, recruit as many friends as possible as you’ll want to share this experience and make new friends on course. Be open and willing to help others and accept help and who knows where it might lead, a lifelong friend or even a wife or husband!
What 3 things do we need to know, to know the ‘real’ you?
- I’m a family man (so every day is a Tough Mudder)
- I truly believe in the brand and what Tough Mudder stands for ‘people helping people’
- I love meeting new people (my mates pay me out for having a ‘new best friend every month’, I once met one of now best mates on a plane trip from Australia to England).
If you had a superpower what would it be?
Teleportation – it’s the ultimate super power. Think of all those times when you just want to be somewhere else, quickly see a friend or relative, be in bed after a long night out or escape a tricky situation. I’ve had this discussion with many a person and this power truly trumps all !
What is your favourite obstacle?
This is a hard one, I love so many obstacles and the variety we have on course. I love watching other people on Everest and humanity at its finest, strangers helping strangers. But I personally love doing Arctic (as weird as they sounds) it’s the thrill and the exhilaration on exiting, it’s something you don’t get to do every day.
Most memorable experience at TM?
I have two.
My very first Tough Mudder on the Sunshine Coast and I was standing at the finish line and a team of 50 – 60 year old women crossed the finish line and they all started crying, I approached them to make sure everything was ok and they said yes – they were just overjoyed at finishing. They had been in the second wave and spent over 7 hours on course – they walked most of the way but were determined to finish.
My second would be watching Mudder Nation pull together to get Rye (our wheelchair participant) up Everest. The entire course stopped and they built a human ladder up Everest – he crawled / was pushed and pulled until he made it to the top – the immense scream and applause still gives my shivers.
What does your average day look like?
No two days are similar, which is what I love about this job. I might be creating a video for social like Mudder Sutra or finalising creative for a radio campaign, meeting with a sponsor to discuss their Village activation, writing a proposal for a future sponsor or traversing a paddock to see if its suitable for a future Mudder event.