RELUCTANT MUDDERS CLUB
Are you a reluctant mudder? Welcome to the club! We're here to help you and guide you through the journey from reluctant to legend. Remember, the only true obstacle is yourself. So, do you have what it takes to be a mudder?
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Can I skip obstacles?
A. Yes. Tough Mudder is not a race, nor is it about getting a better time than other participants, so it’s fine by us if you want to skip an obstacle and use the bypass lane. The way we see it, you are there to have fun and challenge yourself. If you think a particular obstacle really isn’t going to do this for you, just go around it without a penalty or shame.
Anyone who is at risk of our electric-related obstacles (due to medical concerns) or cannot swim (and would have a difficult time in water) is strongly advised to skip these obstacles, as safety is held at a premium at Tough Mudder.
What is the difference between the Tough Mudder Classic and Tough Mudder 5k?
A. Tough Mudder Classic: includes 16KM of mud and obstacles, along with 25 obstacles including elements of mud, water, ice and electricity. The obstacles are designed to test teamwork as well as personal strength.
Tough Mudder 5K: includes 5KM of muddy fun with 13 obstacles that are designed to be challenging yet fun and all teamwork based. We like to think of the Tough Mudder 5K as the ideal way to pop your Mudder cherry, and we can guarantee you’ll want to come back and tackle the Classic next time.
Do I need to run in a team?
A. No, you can definitely take on Tough Mudder solo, and we can guarantee you that you’ll still have an awesome day, and meet plenty of new friends. The whole idea of Tough Mudder is teamwork and camaraderie so you’ll find everyone helps everyone out, whether you’re in their team or not. We now have dedicated Tough Mudder Solo Runners start waves that are designed for likeminded individuals to meet up and run the course together. Check out more information here
Q Do I need to be able to run 5K to do a 5K or 16K to do the Classic?
A. Hell no, the best thing about Tough Mudder is that it’s not timed. So you can take as long as you like. Walk, run, jog, skip or dance. Cover the distance how you like. One things for sure, you won’t even realise you’ve covered 5 or 16k’s thanks to all the Muddy fun you’ll be having.
I have zero upper body strength, can I still do TM?
A. Of course, the majority of the obstacles are designed to test team work and camaraderie, so individual strength is only required on a small number of obstacles. We also have bypass lanes so if one or two of the obstacles are not for you, simply take a break and come back and conquer next year. Plus, there will be plenty of Mudders on course who are willing to lend a hand to push / pull you over obstacles.
I’m not very strong/fit but I’ve heard I have to help other people, what if I can’t?
A. Tough Mudder is all about teamwork, once you step on that course you become part of Mudder Nation. You’ll find your place on the course and quickly work out where your strengths lie. Our obstacles are designed to test people in a variety of ways. Some people might be super fit and strong, but when it comes to the mental challenges they need a little encouragement. Good with words … this is where you come into play. A bit of a joker? We all need a laugh to keep us going over 16k’s.
I’m overweight and I’m worried I’ll be too heavy to complete some obstacles, how do I avoid embarrassment?
A. A Tough Mudder course is a place to test yourself personally and as part of a team. Once you cross the start line you become part of Mudder Nation, we are one team and you take the Mudder Oath to assist others on course. Mudders come in all shapes and sizes, all ages and all capabilities, we have one thing in common, we love to help others. There is no judgement on course. We are all equal in Mud.
I heard I’m going to get injured?
A. As with any event of this nature injuries do occur. However, safety is of paramount importance to us and all our obstacles are tested and approved prior to each event.
I heard tickets are really expensive.
A. Tickets are sold using a price tier system. The closer to an event the more expensive. If you get in early you can score tickets as low as $99.
Plus remember, you’re buying into a way of life, a life changing experience… so it’s worth it.
I heard I get electrocuted if I do it, is that true?
A. Not entirely.
Our Tough Mudder 5k courses DO NOT include any electrical obstacles.
Our 16k Classic courses have one or two obstacles, namely Electro Shock Therapy that pulses electric currents across the obstacle. This obstacle has been tested and is entirely safe, however as with all our obstacles if you don’t feel like attesting the obstacle you can use one of the bypass lanes.
Ready to get muddy? Check out the upcoming Tough Mudder events in your area.