Calling all badasses and Mudders: Tough Mudder coming to Westbrook in August

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.”

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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.”

For a complete list of Tough Mudder obstacles, click here and to sign up for the Westbrook event, head here

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Ryan McLaughlin

About Ryan McLaughlin

Ryan McLaughlin is a longtime Bangor Daily News writer who is also a fitness trainer at Union Street Athletics in Bangor. Before becoming a fitness trainer, Ryan enjoyed long-distance running and participated in numerous road races over the years. When he isn't writing, instructing classes or training, Ryan enjoys obstacle course racing, playing golf, raising his newborn son Liam with wife Alissa and all sports.