What Is World’s Toughest Mudder?

The average 5K is completed in 30 minutes. The average marathon is completed in 4 hours and 30 minutes. The average Ironman is completed in 12 hours and 30 minutes. At World’s Toughest Mudder, however, 24 hours isn’t just the average completion time—it’s the only completion time.

The culmination of every Tough Mudder season, World’s Toughest Mudder (WTM) is the only Tough Mudder that’s not just a challenge but a competition. Whereas un-timed regular season Tough Mudders put camaraderie over course time, World’s Toughest Mudder was designed to give the world’s most hardcore OCR athletes the opportunity to display their competitive spirit in a non-stop 24 hour battle of grit and willpower.

As there’s no event on the planet like WTM, it’s as normal to have some questions as it is abnormal to want to put your body through this. Whether you’re a seasoned Mudder Legionnaire or an extreme adventure racer looking for the challenge of a lifetime, here are the top five questions people have about WTM—answered.

What can I expect to encounter on course?

The 2017 WTM course is a 5-mile circuit featuring 20-25 obstacles, both new and old, spread across the desert terrain of Lake Las Vegas. Participants are allowed to set up camp in a pit area to rest, recharge and refuel during the 24-hour race. The man, woman, and team of two to total the most laps, while abiding by the official rules, in a 24-hour period will be declared the winner of their respective group.

How is WTM different than the regular 10-12 mile Tough Mudder?

A regular season Tough Mudder is not a competition—it’s a challenge designed to test your mental and physical grit, determination, willpower and capacity to work as a team to achieve a common goal, the finish line. While teamwork is essential in overcoming some WTM obstacles, it is a full-on competition with three winners—a men’s, women’s and team champion.

How does one become eligible to participate in WTM?

Any person 18 and over is technically “eligible” to register for WTM. However, only those who are in peak physical condition, maintain a regular, high-intensity workout routine and have been subjected to various other vigorous extreme challenges should seriously consider entering. In short, if you’re even moderately questioning your fitness level or mental toughness, this ain’t the race for you.

Where is WTM 2017?

Vegas, baby. That’s right. We’ll be back to beautiful Lake Las Vegas in 2017. Just 30 minutes away from the Strip (and within view of it) and Vegas’s McCarran Airport, Lake Las Vegas, one of Tough Mudder’s most storied venues, will host WTM 2016. Chosen for its several hundred acres of desert landscape ideal for housing gauntlets of obstacles and its natural freshwater lake integral to the WTM course design, the drastic day/night desert temperature swing serves as a mind-numbing obstacle no training can prepare you for.

Why would anyone want to put themselves through this?

Asking this question is a sign this isn’t the event for you. WTM is an outlet for the world’s toughest endurance and adventure athletes to run against their most menacing adversary—themselves. Whether your goal is 25 miles, 50 miles, 75 miles or you’re looking to dethrone the reigning WTM champion, this event is designed to push you further beyond your mental and physical limits than you’ve ever dreamed.

Is that your heart we hear beating? Good. If you’re not scared, you’re not human.