Thousands of Queenslanders and many from across the country have flocked to Caloundra to test their all-round strength, stamina, mental grit, teamwork and camaraderie at Tough Mudder Sunshine Coast 2014.
Across the weekend participants braved mud, ice-cold baths, fire and 10,000-volt electric shocks – and rain – as ‘probably the toughest event on the planet’ returned to the Sunshine Coast for the second consecutive year.
Commenting on the event, Tough Mudder’s General Manager – Australasia, Jeremy Kann said, “It’s great to see so many Queenslanders from all walks of life willing to push themselves to the limit to take on Tough Mudder Sunshine Coast.”
“This year we were keen to take things to the next level – with never-before-seen obstacles, new challenges and even more mud, it was great to see all of the participants tackling the course head on,” continued Jeremy.
“The downpour has also been a blessing for our course – the perfect recipe to create a whole lot of mud to help make this year’s course the most gruelling and muddiest yet.”
This year, Tough Mudder Sunshine Coast also debut a number of Australian first obstacles – from the imposing “Fire in Your Hole”, the roman-rings inspired “Hangin Tough”, “Pole Dancer” and the aptly named “Sewage Outlet”.
“We love coming up to the Sunshine Coast and it was great to unleash these never-before-seen obstacles on the mad-minded Queenslanders. ‘Fire in Your Hole’ is a clear highlight – an almost vertical 10m slide that shoots you through a wall of fire and propels you the length of a bus into a pit of muddy water.”
Across the weekend, some old Tough Mudder favourites also made a triumphant return including “Everest” – a greased-up quarter-pipe; “Arctic Enema” a below freezing ice bath; and “Electroshock Therapy” – a gauntlet of 10,000-volt-charged dangling wires participants must barrel through to get to the finish line.
Designed by British Special Forces, Tough Mudder is a 20km hardcore obstacle course.
“While some participants are drawn to the physical challenge of the event, others sign up for Tough Mudder events because, unlike other endurance events, it’s not about who’s first past the post. The camaraderie and teamwork among participants and the sense of accomplishment on people’s faces as they cross the finish line – is unlike anything else,’’ Jeremy continued.
The weekend also saw ‘Mudder Legion’ hit the state for the first time – the official community of multi- Mudders. The rite of passage for Legionnaires includes access to an extra section on the course littered with hazards plus a repeater-only obstacle, and a responsibility to lead and support fellow Mudders out on the course.
Next Tough Mudder heads to Perth (September 13 and 14), Sydney (November 15 and 16) and then for the first time ever Adelaide on December 13 and 14..
For more information, visit www.toughmudder.com.au
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