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Traditional economic theory states that humans are fundamentally motivated by self-interest. Here at Tough Mudder, however, we’re callin’ BS.


Sometimes a few words of wisdom is all it takes to move man into action. During the toughest of times, we all access our internal, inspirational arsenal for reassurance and motivation. And as all Mudders know, inspiration, like plunging off Walk the Plank, is something you can never get too much of.

So to help get you out of bed, out of a rut, or out of your comfort zone and into the Tough Mudder start chute, here are TM's top five quotes for Mudder motivation.


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.


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?”


Name: Joe Perry

Age: 45

Occupation: Internet Service Provider

Hometown: Wallaceburg, Ontario

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


Name: Devon Musko
Age: 25
Occupation: Inside Sales Account Manager
Hometown: North Olmsted, OH
Headbands Earned: 21 (20 Tough Mudders, 1 World's Toughest Mudder)


Before reading on, take a few seconds to think of your greatest fear. Feel the vulnerability. Experience the mental, or even physical, tension within. Done? Now congratulate yourself—you're completely normal. 

Here at TMHQ, we think fear gets a bad rap. This year, instead of being paralyzed by your fears, let them motivate you. So as you begin your journey standing up to the great bully that is that four-lettered F word, here are some helpful hints to keep in mind: