THOUSANDS of Victorians have flocked to Phillip Island to test their all-round strength, stamina, metal grit, teamwork and camaraderie at Tough Mudder over the weekend.
Over 10,000 participants braved muddy waters, ice-cold baths and 10,000-volt electric shocks as ‘probably the toughest event on the planet’ returned to the Island for the third consecutive year.
Tough Mudder’s Senior Vice President – Australasia, Drew Ward said it was great to see the event again attract such big numbers – its fifth visit to the Island’s Grand Prix Circuit.
“It’s great to see Victorians continuing to flock to the event – willing to take on the mud and push themselves to the limits,” Drew said.
“This year we were keen to take things to the next level – packed full of never-before-seen obstacles, new challenges and even more mud, it was great to see all of the participants tackling the course head on.
“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.”
As the first Tough Mudder event of the year, Phillip Island welcomed a world first – the ‘Leap of Faith’ – a brand new obstacle that had never before featured in a traditional Tough Mudder event anywhere in the world.
Tested only at last year’s World’s Toughest Mudder, Victorian Mudders were the first to tackle the obstacle requiring participants to leap 2.5 metres over muddy water to grab onto a free hanging cargo net and pull themselves up and over.
Across the weekend, Mudders tackled the 20km military-style course designed by British Special Forces with obstacles including ‘Balls to the Wall’ – a 3.5 metre vertical wall you have to scale with only a muddy rope; ‘Everest’ – a greased-up quarter-pipe; and ‘Electroshock Therapy’ – a gauntlet of 10,000-volt-charged dangling wires participants must barrel through to get to the finish line.
The weekend also saw the launch of ‘Mudder Legion’ – 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.