Mud America

Tough Mudder event coming to Road America next September


CONTESTANTS SLOG UP a mud-covered incline during the Tough Mudder event held in rural Cascade in September 2012. After a one-year absence, the obstacle course challenge event will return to Sheboygan County next fall, this time at Elkhart Lake’s Road America Sept. 6 and 7. — Review file photo CONTESTANTS SLOG UP a mud-covered incline during the Tough Mudder event held in rural Cascade in September 2012. After a one-year absence, the obstacle course challenge event will return to Sheboygan County next fall, this time at Elkhart Lake’s Road America Sept. 6 and 7. — Review file photo One of the most intense endurance challenges is coming to Road America in Elkhart Lake Sept. 6 and 7, 2014.

Tough Mudder, a 10- to 12-mile obstacle course challenge that involves diving into ice-cold water, crawling through mud and running through bursts of fire, will make a stop in Sheboygan County.

Road America will be invaded by thousands of runners who will be negotiating a course patterned after British Special Forces training methods. Runners will barrel through mud pits, army crawl under barbed wire and plunge into frigid ice water completing 10 to 12 miles of obstacles constructed across portions of the 640-acre facility.

“Unlike one of our popular motorsports weekends, Tough Mudder is more than an event; it’s a way of thinking and a challenge intended to test allaround toughness,” said programs manager Mike Kertscher in a press release announcing the event. “Of the 420-plus events we’ll host at Road America in 2014, Tough Mudder will undoubtedly be one of the most unique.”

With the built-in incentive to get in shape, the bragging rights that come with finishing - not to mention earning the coveted signature orange Tough Mudder headband and a free beer - the event provides participants with plenty of good reasons to step up to the challenge.

For between $69 and $185, anyone at least 18 years of age who is willing to sign a waiver can hurl themselves over walls, into the grip of 10,000 volts of electricity and through other challenges spread over the course.

The series included 53 events in the US, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia and Germany in 2013, and more than 60 events are planned for 2014 including the September event at Road America. More than one million participants worldwide have taken part in Tough Mudder events, raising more than $6.5 million for Wounded Warrior Project.

People are encouraged to form teams and start together.

Advance pricing is available until Dec. 11, and registration closes Sept. 5, 2014. To register, go to http://toughmudder.com/events/wisconsin-2014/

Established in 1955, Road America is located midway between Milwaukee and Green Bay in Elkhart Lake. Its legendary four-mile, 14-turn road circuit has challenged the world’s best racers for over 55 years. The 640-acre, park-like grounds offer amazing viewing opportunities, fantastic concessions and high-speed excitement to thousands of spectators each year.

In addition to public race weekends, Road America offers group event programs, the Blain’s Farm & Fleet Motorplex for karting and supermoto, and the Road America Motorcycle and Advanced Driving Schools. For more information, visit www.roadamerica.com Follow Road America on www.facebook.com/RoadAmerica and on Twitter: @ roadamerica or call 800-365-7223.

Tough Mudder LLC was founded in 2010 by Will Dean and Guy Livingstone. Considered “Probably the Toughest Event on the Planet,” each Tough Mudder endurance challenge tests participants’ toughness, fitness, strength, stamina, mental grit and teamwork.

This year, Tough Mudder hosted 53 events, including international events in the U.K., Canada, Australia and Germany. In 2014, Tough Mudder will host more than 60 events in countries worldwide. For the schedule of event dates and locations, visit www.ToughMudder.com


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