NEW YORK, March 8, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Over 10,000 participants will descend upon Bear Creek Resort in Macungie, Pennsylvania, on April 9th and 10th, 2011, to run a ten mile course with 19 military-style obstacles, including fire, ice, and live electric wires.
Not your typical mud run or spirit-crushing road race, Tough Mudder is Ironman meets Burning Man. Designed by British Special Forces to test all-around strength, stamina, mental grit, and camaraderie, the event is not about finish times or winning a medal to show off. Simply completing a Tough Mudder is a badge of honor. Upon finishing, they will celebrate with free beer, free permanent tattoos, and good food. (And did we mention free beer?)
Our Mudders range from Special Forces soldiers running with backpacks full of bricks to Wall Street traders to injured vets proving their doctors wrong to pageant queens. On April 9th and 10th they'll brave obstacles such as Firewalker (a run through a gauntlet of flaming hay—expect flames at least four feet high), Walk the Plank (a 15 foot leap into a pond), and, the crowd favorite, Electroshock Therapy (a field full of live wires, some with 10,000 volt shocks).
At the finish line, participants will be awarded their free beer and step into the Dos Equis Post-Party, where there's a band, food, free Mohawks and mullets, and free (permanent) tattoos of our logo. At our Tri-State event, the line for tattoos was so long that we had to give out vouchers so participants could get them the next weekend. Two participants also won themselves free lifetime entry by getting our Tough Mudder Pledge tattooed across their back, but we understand that's not for everyone. Be sure to stay for the costume contest, though we'll be honest, sometimes the winners are the ones wearing the least clothing.
Our participants also raise money for the Wounded Warrior Project, an organization dedicated to serving injured veterans. In 2010 our participants raised over $700,000, and our goal in 2011 is over $3 million.
Come see for yourself why this event sold out all 10,000 spots four months in advance.
For press information about covering or participating in the event, or to schedule a one-on-one interview with the founders, please visit toughmudder.com.
SOURCE Tough Mudder