Tough Mudder announced today a batch of changes and additions to their obstacle course events, which traditionally require participants to traverse 10-12 miles of challenging, often muddy terrain while doing battle with obstructions like greased monkey bars, stacks of hay bales and icy water.
Tough Mudder, which will host more than 50 events in 2015, will add 10 new obstacles, redesign its existing obstacles and launch a brand-new event series called Urban Mudder. Among the new obstacles are the suggestively named Birth Canal, a crawl in the dirt under a heavy, water-filled liner; Balls Out, a sideways traverse of a six-foot wall; and Cry Baby, another crawl, this one through an enclosed structure filled with a “tear gas-like” substance. (“The substance being used in Cry Baby is a proprietary blend of tear-inducing substances that does not contain any military or law enforcement grade components”, a Tough Mudder representative told GP.)
The biggest change in 2015 is the addition of Urban Mudder, a city-based event that’ll be half the distance of a Tough Mudder and exclude mud, electricity and water (and tear gas-like substances, we suspect). It makes Tough Mudder the first of the big three — besides Tough Mudder, Spartan Race and Warrior Dash — to offer a course that’s specifically designed for an urban environment (though Alpha Warrior introduced a similar concept in 2013). The first urban event will be in New York City on July 25, 2015.