Tough Mud­der re­turns to val­ley

The Drumheller Mail - - NEWS - Al­lie Ruck­man The Drumheller Mail file photo

Tough Mud­der is ready to take on the val­ley’s strong­est and most de­ter­mined in­di­vid­u­als.

This year’s Tough Mud­der is to be held Au­gust 6 & 7 and will be held at the same venue, Di­nosaur Downs, as last year but the course is set to look a bit dif­fer­ent.

“The course is go­ing to be com­pletely dif­fer­ent than last year. One of the dif­fer­ent ob­sta­cles we have is called, The Block Ness Mon­ster, which is two mas­sive ro­tat­ing blocks sub­merged in muddy wa­ter. You have to climb and roll your way across the blocks. Peo­ple re­ally love it so far. This will be the first time we have this ob­sta­cle in Al­berta,” says Tough Mud­der pub­lic re­la­tions rep­re­sen­ta­tive Jodi Ko­vacs.

“Another ob­sta­cle we have in Al­berta for the first time is called Pyra­mid Scheme. It is an in­cline struc­ture that re­quires peo­ple cre­ate a hu­man lad­der to get over it. Peo­ple have to pull and push way up and over it.”

Ko­vacs ex­plains what makes Tough Mud­der so unique, “We re­ally try and keep to our team work theme. This is not a race, it is a chal­lenge. It is all about ca­ma­raderie and team­work. It is about strangers help­ing oth- there er strangers.”

The val­ley has greatly ben­e­fit­ted from host­ing Tough Mud­der since 2014 and it is to be ex­pected again.

“We have had over 2 and a half mil­lion peo­ple par­tic­i­pate in Tough Mud­der since our first chal­lenge. This event draws peo­ple in from all over North Amer­ica. We have had a re­ally great re­ac­tion from the peo­ple of Drumheller and we are work­ing closely with the travel agen­cies there to have the big­gest eco­nomic im­pact we can on the com­mu­nity.”

Tough Mud­der par­tic­i­pants brave the Elec­troShock Ther­apy ob­sta­cle last year in rainy weather. This year’s Tough Mud­der event is to be held on Au­gust 6 & 7.

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