Tough Mudder Whistler to step it up a notch 

Registration for 2014 now open

click to enlarge PHOTO BY JOHN FRENCH - MUD BUDDIES Whistler Olympic Park hosted more than 20,000 people for the second annual Tough Mudder event, which features this obstacle called Everest.
  • Photo by John French
  • MUD BUDDIES Whistler Olympic Park hosted more than 20,000 people for the second annual Tough Mudder event, which features this obstacle called Everest.

Registration opened for the 2014 Tough Mudder schedule this past week, with the cheapest registration rate available until Sept. 24 ($99 for Saturday, June 21 and $79 for Sunday, June 22). The fee goes up to $109 and $89 respectively on Sept. 25, to $129 and $119 on Oct. 11, $145 and $135 on Feb. 7 and so on until the May 9 when the price goes up to $195 for both events.

Organizers have their hands full with 75 events planned in 13 countries. For the Whistler event, organizers are planning to add a few new twists to the obstacle course and team challenge format, including some newer and bigger features still to be announced.

Tough Mudder Whistler registered roughly 20,000 people for the 2013 event, which included a course with a total distance of roughly 16km and two dozen challenges and obstacles along the way. The event isn't timed, and athletes are expected to work together to get through the course. Participants take three to four hours to complete the course.

Obstacles include jumps into freezing cold water, crawling through mud under barbed wire, running up the side of a quarterpipe, scaling wood walls and cargo nets, monkey bars over frigid water, running through active electrical wires and more. The actual list of obstacles for Whistler won't be announced until two weeks before.

The organizers are always recruiting volunteers, with the benefit that volunteers can do the event for as little as $20.

A portion of the proceeds from Tough Mudder races goes to the Wounded Warrior Project, which provides money and programming to soldiers, including combat stress recovery programs, adaptive sports programs, benefits counselling and employment services. So far more than $5 million has been raised since the first even in 2009.

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