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A relaxing weekend for 14,000

Tough Mudder big draw
Story and photos by Mike Brown


They extended a helping hand to their fellow man (and woman) on the gentle slopes of the San Gabriel River. (Camaraderie is a big part of Tough Mudder.) They extended a helping hand to their fellow man (and woman) on the gentle slopes of the San Gabriel River. (Camaraderie is a big part of Tough Mudder.) They came. They saw. They conquered.

That’s the way 14,000 people, from all over the United States and a couple of other countries, felt Saturday and Sunday after completing an obstacle filled 10-12-mile Tough Mudder course at Apache Pass northwest of Rockdale.

All were competing against one person, themselves. Tough Mudder isn’t timed and there are no results. You make it or you don’t. Period.

The event—which raises money for the Wounded Warrior Project—came to Apache Pass for the first time Saturday and Sunday, drawing the largest non-concert crowds in the history of Milam County, 4,000 more than its original estimate.

Participants are challenged to help each other out over the course and there was plenty of that spirit over the weekend, from encouraging and high-fives (many for total strangers) to literal helping hands at the dozens of obstacles.


They kept up on ‘current’ events, even shocking ones. They kept up on ‘current’ events, even shocking ones. Tough Mudder was also welcomed in Rockdale which was buzzing with economic activity during the weekend.



They sought out the solitude of a quiet country day. They sought out the solitude of a quiet country day.

They ‘walked the straight and narrow,’ or enjoyed water sports if obstacles got them a bit off balance. They ‘walked the straight and narrow,’ or enjoyed water sports if obstacles got them a bit off balance.

They found out why it’s called ‘Tough Mudder.’ They found out why it’s called ‘Tough Mudder.’

They turned Downtown Texas’ at Apache Pass into what was far and away Milam County’s largest city for two days. They turned Downtown Texas’ at Apache Pass into what was far and away Milam County’s largest city for two days.

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