Tough Mudders to descend on area

Those who considers themselves Tough Mudders will display their prowess this weekend, and organizers promise that area residents who might only dream about such a designation will have access to an exhilarating vicarious experience.

Tough Mudder Philly will take place on Saturday, Oct. 17, and Sunday, Oct. 18, at Plantation Field.

Tough Mudder Philly will take place on Saturday, Oct. 17, and Sunday, Oct. 18, at Plantation Field.

Plantation Field in West Marlborough Township  will host Tough Mudder, an obstacle course challenge that tests strength, grit, stamina and teamwork. The event will take place on Saturday, Oct. 17, and Sunday, Oct. 18, and will offer a 10-plus-mile course featuring entirely new and updated obstacles, a Tough Mudder press release said.

“We are thrilled to be returning to the Pennsylvania region for this year’s Tough Mudder Philly event,” Alison Schmidt, operations manager at Tough Mudder, said in the release. “Our strong partnership with the communities of Pennsylvania was a key factor in the success of our previous events. We’re looking forward to building on that success to provide another life-changing event for local and visiting participants, as well as providing a positive economic impact on the region as Mudders travel from surrounding states and across the country to see what’s in store for 2015.”

Brand-new obstacles hitting the course will include “King of the Swingers,” where Mudders leap off a ledge, grab onto a lever and swing out to reach a bell that’s dangling above a pit of muddy water; and “Cry Baby,” a tunnel crawl through a tear-gas-like substance. Classic obstacles including slicked quarter-pipe “Everest” have been redesigned, with “2.0” versions offering new twists on the classic challenges, pushing participants to work as a team.

“The obstacle innovations we’ve made for 2015 will encourage participants to work together more than ever before, while still providing the personal challenge people have come to expect from Tough Mudder,” Nolan Kombol, head of innovation at Tough Mudder, said in the release. “We’re thrilled to provide a fresh experience for returning Mudders and 20 new reasons for first-timers to finally take the plunge.”

One of the event’s sponsors, the U.S. Army, will have its esteemed Golden Knights Parachute team making airplane jumps throughout the weekend to entertain participants as well as spectators. Two jumps are scheduled on Saturday, one at 10 a.m., and one at 2 p.m., and one will take place on Sunday at 9:30 a.m.

Parking for Tough Mudder Philly will operate differently on Saturday and Sunday, and attendees must purchase a parking pass in advance. General parking on Saturday is off-site and located at Willowdale Steeplechase, 113 E. Street Rd., Kennett Square; free shuttles will take people to and from the event site. A limited number of premium parking passes for Saturday are available for purchase online. All Sunday parking is on-site at Plantation Field, 322 Apple Grove Rd., Coatesville.

Tough Mudder events have gained wide appeal—participants (known as “Mudders”) range from veterans to business executives to pageant queens to 81-year-old grandfathers. More than 95 percent of Mudders sign up as part of a team.

And for many Mudders, Tough Mudder is more than just a weekend event—it’s a lifestyle. More than 5,000 Mudders have even had the Tough Mudder logo tattooed on their bodies.

Founded in 2010 by Will Dean and Guy Livingstone, Tough Mudder will host more than 50 events in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, Germany and Australia in 2015. Tough Mudder is a long-time supporter of the Wounded Warrior Project®, having raised more than $8.7 million to date for it. For more information or to get tickets, visit






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