Unlike many mud runs, Tough Mudder’s 10-12 mile military obstacle course isn’t a race—it’s a challenge where camaraderie triumphs over course times; cooperation over competition. And because of this, our courses have evolved into a mud-coated metaphor for overcoming obstacles, triumph over adversity and the resilience of the human spirit.
Over the past four years, hundreds of thousands of Mudders (and us) have been humbled to the core witnessing some of the toughest people on the planet partake in moments that make us proud to be members of, not only Mudder Nation, but humanity as a whole.
With that said, as promised, here are five Tough Mudder photos that will restore your faith in humanity:
1. Leader of the Pak
In the pre-dawn darkness of World's Toughest Mudder 2013, two-time defending World’s Toughest Mudder champion Junyong Pak (right) runs in second place. With thousands of dollars at stake and a title to defend, Pak stands atop Everest and stops to extend a helping hand to a fellow Mudder exhausted; struggling to reach the summit.
2. Rising from the Ashes
With the help of fellow Mudders, Hector Manly of team Big Muddy, faces the fire and water obstacle, Phoenix, at Tough Mudder Central Florida.
3. No Mudder Left Behind
A team of 2013 Charlotte Mudders takes turns pushing and pulling a man with cerebral palsy to the finish line.
4. Overcoming Obstacles
Great Britain Paralympian, Anne Olympia Wafula, and her teammates tackle Tough Mudder South West 2013 in support of her charity, Able Child Africa.
5. Going the Extra Mile
Mudder David Tyson Perry gets assistance from teammates and strangers alike at the Mud Mile obstacle at Tough Mudder NorCal 2014.
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