‘Mudder’s Day’ coming in May

Huge turnout eyed at Apache Pass event

“Tough Mudder,” a cross between an obstacle course and a marathon on steroids, is coming to Apache Pass May 3-4.

It’s an event that could provide a huge weekend economic boon to Rockdale area businesses, especially motels and restaurants.

Tough Mudder, which holds events worldwide and has others scheduled this year in Dallas and Houston, has selected Apache Pass for its Central Texas event the first weekend in May.

Tough Mudder LLC applied for $40,000 in hotel-motel tax funds through the Rockdale Tourism Committee which met Tuesday and endorsed the idea.

Final decision rests with the city council which must vote on all recommendations by the committee.

MEETING—Tough Mudder representatives were to meet with community organizations Wednesday morning at Apache Pass.

Tough Mudder bills itself as “the premier adventure challenge series in the world.”

Unlike marathons and triathlons run on roads and trails, obstacle races cover far shorter distances but ask participants to do far crazier things.

Participants on a 10-to-12 mile Tough Mudder course wade through waist-deep mud, crawl under barbed wire, submerge themselves in ice water and jump through fire.

At the “electroshock therapy” obstacle, they pass through a dangling curtain of electrical wires, some carrying “10,000 volts of electric shock,” the company says. (The current, measured in amps, is actually low, a spokesman says.)

The courses were designed by British Special Forces and are pitched as “for truly exceptional people.”

WOUNDED WARRIORS— There’s another side to Tough Mudder. It has raised more than $5 million for the Wounded Warriors project.

Wounded Warriors assist injured members of the American armed forces.

Tough Mudder also has a light side. Contestants often compete in costumes ranging from traditional to outrageous.

Over one million persons have participated in Tough Mudder events.

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