When it comes to obstacle racing, there is nothing more badass than a Tough Mudder.
These events, found in all corners of the country, has become the king of obstacle racing, with challenges ranging from a mile-long mud crawl to taking an icy plunge from a plank into frigid water.
Maine residents will finally get a chance to experience a Tough Mudder in our own backyard this summer.
Mudders will get a chance to earn that illusive orange headband in Westbrook on August 23-24 in an event Tough Mudder is deeming “The Great Northeast.”
Typically, Mainers wanting to participate in a Tough Mudder had to go as far as Vermont to find an event in New England, but not this summer, with Sunset Ridge on Cumberland Avenue hosting the event.
Sign-ups are occurring as we speak, with an event-launch special of $89 for the Saturday event and $69 for Sunday’s festivities lasting from Tuesday until March 25.
After that, fees will jump to $99 for the Saturday race while staying at $69 for Sunday through April 10.
Other sign-up fees up through the week of the event are as follows: $119 and $79, April 11-May 15; $135 and $95, May 16-June 19; $149 and $109, June 20-July 17; $169 and $129, July 18-August 7; and $185-$145, August 8-22.
All registration fees include a $10 liability waiver.
Of course, there is a post-race party that includes a free beer – if you’re over 21, of course – and your registration also includes that signature orange headband and a T-shirt. Live music will be playing.
This event certainly isn’t for those who aren’t up for a challenge. The event description on the Tough Mudder Web site:
“This ain’t no country club. Parts of the Sunset Ridge Golf Links have been decommissioned for years and Mother Nature has turned the once well-kept lawns into prime Mudder proving grounds. We’re joining forces with the town of Westbrook to push the course boundaries into some densely forested mountain bike and snowmobile trails – get ready for some rugged [bleep]. Leave your golf cleats at home and don’t expect a caddie to help get you through this crushing course.”