Approximately 20,000 participants will descend upon Whistler Olympic Park on June 21 and 22 to participate in Tough Mudder, a 16+ km obstacle course challenge that is the ultimate test of strength, grit, stamina and teamwork.
Designed by British Special Forces, Tough Mudder features military-style obstacles such as “Funky Monkey”—incline and decline monkey bars; “Everest”—a greased-up quarter-pipe; and “Electroshock Therapy”—a gauntlet of 10,000-volt-charged dangling wires participants must barrel through to get to the finish line. The goal for participants is not to win a medal, but simply to finish—on average, only 78% successfully complete the event. With a course designed to be virtually impossible to complete individually, 80% of participants register with a team.
“On behalf of the resort community, I am very pleased to welcome Tough Mudder back to Whistler for a third year,” said Whistler Mayor Nancy Wilhelm-Morden. “Whistler has built a reputation as a great place for festivals and events, and Tough Mudder is an excellent cultural fit for our active and adventurous community. Having Tough Mudder take place at one of our community’s Olympic legacies, the Whistler Olympic Park, further makes this an exceptional event for participants to test their endurance and physical ability.”
“We are very excited to host the Whistler Tough Mudder at Whistler Olympic Park again. This event is one of the most challenging recreational sport events around, and we welcome athletes of all levels to Whistler,” said Roger Soane, President and CEO of Whistler Sport Legacies.
Tough Mudder events have wide appeal—participants (known as “Mudders”) range from veterans to business executives to pageant queens. And for many Mudders, Tough Mudder is more than just a weekend event—it’s a lifestyle. More than 4,000 diehard Mudders have even had the Tough Mudder logo permanently tattooed on their bodies.
This is Tough Mudder’s third time returning to Whistler Olympic Park, where last year close to 25,000 Mudders participated in the event.
Tough Mudder proudly supports Wounded Warriors Canada and its mission to assist Canadian Forces members who have been wounded or injured in their service to Canada. To date, Tough Mudder participants have raised more than$275,000 CAD for Wounded Warriors Canada.
Image: Tough Mudder