Your weekend warrior coworker will likely be sporting a limp, some groans and a few open wounds this week.
Overshadowing those ailments, however, will be laughter and cheer to go with a dozen must-hear stories from his or her muddy trek, 10 miles through the mountainous Vermont terrain over the weekend as Tough Mudder took New England by storm on Saturday and Sunday.
Over 12,000 participants and screaming fans took over Mount Snow in the region’s first-ever Tough Mudder challenge. Approximately 500 Mudders (all of whom signed death waivers beforehand) lined up at the start line every 20 minutes for approximately five hours straight on both days. Mudders who hit the slopes were in for the ultimate team-oriented challenge, a free post-race beer, plenty of bumps and bruises and a well-deserved orange headband for each finisher — that is if they finished.
The course featured 10 miles of rocky, muddy and swampy terrain with nearly 30 muscle-busting obstacles scattered throughout. From swimming through 35-degree water, to hauling logs up black-diamond trails, to scaling walls, snow banks and netting, Tough Mudder was no simple task.
Check out the New England Spotlight video below for John Beattie of NESN.com’s first-person view of the wild event.