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Egal, ob auf oder abseits der Strecke: Ein Mudder kann jedes Hindernis überwinden und weiß wie es sich anfühlt, Großes zu leisten.

Thien-than C su-Chet’s (aka “TNT”) favorite Tough Mudder course is Raceway Park, home to Tough Mudder Tri-State. Ask him why, and he’ll tell you that it’s storied, gritty, rugged and demands absolute respect.

Having gotten to know TNT over the past few months, I find that in describing Tough Mudder’s most storied venue, he’s inadvertently describing himself.

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Tough Mudder's 10-12 mile military-style obstacle course is about much more than overcoming on-course obstacles-- it's a chance for people around the world to test their fitness while bonding with friends and fellow Mudders and overcoming physical, mental and personal obstacles along the way. 

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To no surprise, TMHQ is home to many a dream job, and arguably the most coveted among these is Head Course Designer—a title held by one bold soul since Tough Mudder's inception in 2009. An ever-elusive, globetrotting go-getter, we caught up with the maddest mind in mud this off season to ask the questions on every Mudder's mind.

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While it’s common for Tough Mudder participants to fundraise for and donate money to charity throughout their Mudder journey, 33-year-old Ben Chan from New York City has taken role of donor to a whole new level, exemplifying what it means to be a Mudder. 

Sharing the same hometown as Ben, we recently caught up with him to hear his inspiring “scars to stars” story.

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On most days, Vegas’ boldest gamblers are found in exclusive high roller rooms or at no-limit tables behind heavily-guarded, back-alley doors. On November 16, 2014, however, Sin City’s most fearless risk-takers will assemble at Lake Las Vegas for one of the world’s most insane endurance races—World’s Toughest Mudder.

For the first time ever, World’s Toughest Mudder, the military obstacle course endurance race to determine which man, woman and team can cover the most miles of course in 24 hours, will be held in the sweltering heat of the Nevada desert.

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With just days left to sign up for World's Toughest Mudder 2014, contenders are approaching their final, yet pivotal stretch of training. Faced with the extreme task of covering 100 miles of obstacle-riddled terrain in 24 straight hours for any chance at victory, one would assume training is a full-time job - and it very well could be.

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Tough Mudder's 10-12 mile military-style obstacle course is about much more than overcoming on-course obstacles-- it's a chance for people around the world to test their fitness while bonding with friends and fellow Mudders and overcoming physical, mental and personal obstacles along the way.

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When Ryan Atkins told the border control officer his reason for entering into the US from Canada in mid-November, the officer noted that Raceway Park, host of World's Toughest Mudder 2013, was a common calling for crossing Canadians that day. Without missing a beat, his girlfriend, Lindsay, sitting beside him, wittingly remarked, “Yeah, but you haven't had the winner come through yet, have you?”

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One of the first things you’ll notice upon walking into Tough Mudder Headquarters is a cast of characters as electrifying and diverse as our on-course obstacles. And while there’s no doubt you’re familiar with our military-style obstacles, few have a chance to meet the minds behind the mud-coated madness. So to give you a behind-the-scenes, insider look at TMHQ, over the next few months, we’ll be serving up some TMHQ Q&As to help you get to know some of our most admired team members.

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Last season, we tested one obstacle called Dark Lightning on a few Tough Mudder courses. Part Boa Constrictor, part Electric Eel, the obstacle required Mudders to army crawl through water while live electric wires dangled over them...in pitch darkness.

Due to the absurdity of attempting such an obstacle in complete darkness, we pulled it from our course catalogue.

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Tough Mudder's 10-12 mile military-style obstacle course is about much more than overcoming on-course obstacles-- it's a chance for people around the world to test their fitness while bonding with friends and fellow Mudders, enjoying a hair-raising, new flavor of fun and overcoming physical, mental and personal obstacles along the way.

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Look atop any list of history’s most hair-raising jobs, and you’ll find ‘test pilot’ soaring high in the rankings. And while we’re no NASA, you might be surprised that we’ve got some modern-day test pilots of our own.

Throughout our entire off season and a great deal of our event season, the Alpha Testers of our Obstacle Innovation Lab put their daredevil reputations on the line testing our new obstacles for the very first time.

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Name: Joe Perry

Age: 45

Occupation: Internet Service Provider

Hometown: Wallaceburg, Ontario

Headbands Earned: 14 (12 Tough Mudders, 2 World's Toughest Mudders)

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As the Tough Mudder 2014 season comes to an end, we want to relive some of your favorite moments from 2014. Every weekend we are hosting a #TMInstaContest on our Instagram page. Use the weekend's hashtag for your chance to be featured here on our blog, with the best photo winning a ticket to a Tough Mudder 2015 event. 

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All Mudders know that over the course of a single Tough Mudder event day, you're going to feel a million different things. Not all those feelings will be good ones. In 12 miles, you're almost guaranteed to feel scared, overwhlelmed, unsure and tired. No doubt, there will definitely be some lows.

But Mudders also know that there is huge reward to pushing through those lows. You get to feel strong, accomplished and passionate. And that's just the beginning. Here are 3 of our favorite Tough Mudder feelings, illustrated by photos.

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