Published DateGILFORD — The mud will be flying in the Lakes Region when Gunstock Mountain Resort hosts a Tough Mudder event on June 1-2.
The event is expected to draw 12,000 participants over the weekend according to Bill Quigley, director of marketing and sales at Gunstock, who said that after being posted on Tough Mudder's website for fewer than six hours, some local hotels were already fully booked in preparation for the event.
Tough Mudder is a 10- to 12-mile obstacle course challenge designed by British Special Forces to test all-around strength, stamina, camaraderie, and mental grit. Participants may don traditional running attire, but costumes and mullets are encouraged, with best-of awards being given out for both.
Participants will charge onto the course with fellow Mudders — battle cries are essential — and will proceed through 20 to 25 obstacles, each designed to test strength in a very different way. Participants will brave freezing cold water, wade through thick mud, tackle underwater tunnels, finesse high ropes and scramble through multiple cargo nets before finally navigating their way through a gauntlet of electrified wires to earn the coveted orange headband and the right to be called a Tough Mudder.
"We are excited to host Tough Mudder," says Greg Goddard, GM of Gunstock Mountain Resort. "Gunstock is a perfect venue for this type of event, and our team has developed great partnerships at the mountain working with larger events such as Soulfest™ and Timberman Ironman™. The timing of the event will provide great opportunities for local businesses after Memorial Day and just prior to BikeWeek."
"Our event promises to challenge even the toughest of men and women in New England on multiple levels," said Sheetal Aiyer, Vice President of Venues at Tough Mudder. "Participants will be challenged physically and mentally, and they will need the help of one another to make it through the course. We are changing the way Americans think of endurance challenges and having a lot of fun along the way."
Tough Mudder is a proud supporter of Wounded Warrior Project (WWP). To help its cause and to support the needs of severely injured service men and women, Tough Mudder is offering a special discount to participants who see competing in a Tough Mudder as an opportunity to raise funds for WWP.
Over the past three years, Tough Mudder has built a series of more than 50 events around the globe and is billed as "Probably the Toughest Event on the Planet."
The event is listed as Tough Mudder's Boston event. Registration is open now at ToughMudder.com.
Those travelling to the Lakes Region can make reservations online at www.gunstock.com at one of 22 partner hotels.