ARE YOU TOUGH ENOUGH?
Participants in the July 2013 version of Tough Mudder at Northstar California will be familiar with the setup of this weekend’s fall Tough Mudder at the resort — especially if they ran the approximately 10-mile obstacle course backward.
Tough Mudder organizers do not reveal all the specifics about a course until right before the event, but the fall course will be similar to the July event, only with a 180-degree twist.
“The course isn’t a whole lot different, but they’ve actually reversed it,” said Northstar spokeswoman Brooke Rose.
The switch will give the course a longer, more gradual incline at the beginning and a sharper descent at the end, Rose said. Although a gradual ascent may sound nice, it could make the course more grueling, according to the spokeswoman.
And that’s a somewhat surprising statement considering the course includes Tough Mudder’s signature obstacles, designed to punish competitors in search of a hard-earned beer and an orange Tough Mudder headband.
This weekend’s event features classic Tough Mudder obstacles like “Electroshock Therapy” and “Electric Eel,” which provide electric shocks to runners in various manners, as well as the “Arctic Enema,” where Tough Mudder participants take an ice-cold dip before carrying on.
The course also includes obstacles that require teamwork like the “Warrior Carry,” where you carry a fellow participant a distance, and “Hold Your Wood,” which requires participants to carry a heavyweight log, special-forces style.
The event takes place Saturday and Sunday at Northstar. The average completion time for Tough Mudder events is 3-4 hours, according to event organizers.
Spectators are encouraged to watch friends and family during the event. Spectator tickets are available online for $20 through Friday. Spectator tickets are $40 on the day of the event. Day-of registration is available for participants for $200, according to organizers.
Mellow Fellow restaurants in both Truckee and Crystal Bay will host the official Tough Mudder after parties on Saturday and Sunday.
“The Post Party is a key component of the Tough Mudder experience,” according to organizers. “It’s like New Year’s Eve, reunion, and your 21st birthday all wrapped into one, but without the unfortunate decisions you likely made at all three. Wear that orange headband proudly as you drink in the awesome music, your fellow Mudders, and the ice cold Dos XX. You earned it.”
Although details are not yet available, Rose said she expected Tough Mudder to return to Northstar in 2014.
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