Get ready to roll over motocross tracks, slathered in sweat, and try not to lose your shoes in the mud as you tackle Raceway Park, Probably the Muddiest Course in North America. At Raceway, you might only be 1 hour from New York City, but no matter where you're from, it's gonna be a Long Walk Home. It's gonna get a little hairy, but Tough Mudder Half Tri-State Presented by Merrell isn't just for the rough and tumble - you'll find your best weekend of 2017 hiding in the mud at Raceway Park.
Not everyone is ready for 10-12 miles, a run through 10,000 volts of electricity, and a mind-numbing ice bath. Packed with challenging obstacles that require teamwork and camaraderie, Tough Mudder Half allows you to test your physical and mental limits while bonding with your friends and making new ones. Longer than a 5k, but shorter than a Tough Mudder, this is the initiation into Mudder Nation you've been waiting for.
We will not release actual course details until two weeks before the event. (What, did you think we were going to give it away now?). Stay on your toes and keep training for all possible challenges - you might not know exactly what we have in store for you, but you can bank on plenty of mud, ice, fire, and electric shocks. We intend to make you earn that coveted orange headband...and the ice cold beer waiting for you at the finish line.
Being a Mudder is all about taking on the obstacles in your life and the enourmous sense of accomplishment that you feel when you overcome them. During the off season, we spent countless hours holed up in our Obstacle Innovation Lab with one mission: bringing you unique, exhilarating, never-before-seen obstacles with an emphasis on teamwork and adrenaline-inducing fun. In addition to some brand-spanking-new editions, we've also revamped and redefined our classical favorites. To get a taste of the types of mental, physical, and emotional challenges that a Tough Mudder course will put you through, here is a list of some obstacles you may encounter at a Tough Mudder Half:
ShawShanked - Get your Andy Dufresne on and take on the slow, steady crawl through an inclined, mud-infested (yes, it's only mud) tube leading out to a backwards drop into a water pit. Grip the rope dangling from the top of the tube and slide your way toward the light at the end of the tunnel.
Birth Canal - Don't worry, no birthday suits necessary. Forcing Mudders to crawl under a deceptively heavy, water-filled liner, Birth Canal is as deceivingly tough as it is physically challenging. As Mudders pass through this obstacle, the water pushing down above them forces them to push back up and keep moving toward daylight
Beached Whale - As immovable as its namesake, Beached Whale is a 12-foot tall, 18-foot deep, 30-foot wide inflatable monstrosity that requires Mudders to strategically form a human pyramid to reach its other side. Try to conquer this obstacle alone, and this massive mammoth will make you pay.
Balls Out - This obstacle takes wall climbing to a whole new extreme. Using hanging ropes spaced out over an angled six-foot wall, Mudders must test their strength and agility by attempting to transverse the wall moving from side to side.
The Liberator - A mad mountaineering challenge, the Liberator requires Mudders to conquer a 10-foot A-frame using pegs and rope. On the ascent, Mudders must crawl up a slanted wall placing pegs into slots along the structure. On the way down, a rope brings them back to safe ground.
The Hangover - As troublesome and disorienting as its namesake, The Hangover is a menacing ten-foot wall angled toward Mudders. Work as a team to ultra-boost each other up to the Mudders hanging down from the top. Fail to brainstorm a creative team plan of attack with the Mudders on the other side, and your head's gonna be spinning.
Cry Baby - While whining has never been tolerated on course, an exception might (we said 'might') have to be made for this never-before-seen tearjerker of an obstacle. An enclosed structure filled with a safe tear gas-like substance and littered with hazards along the way, Cry Baby will have your eyes flowing with tears of, um, laughter--yeah, laughter.
Hold Your Wood 2.0 - What was once a tiresome trudge with a log on your shoulder is now a 4 to 8 Mudder test of timber-toting, troubleshooting teamwork. For a stretch of course, Mudders must band together and carry a massive log over, under and through walls while ensuring no Mudder gets left behind.
Kiss of Mud 2.0 - Crawling over flat land with barbed wire overhead? Been there. Done that. KoM 2.0 requires Mudders to transverse a series of elevation changes, all while hugging the mud-coated ground below and avoiding the barbed wire above. Keeping your head down while sliding into deep trenches and crawling over hay bales ain't as easy as it sounds.
Mud Mile 2.0 - 2.0 doesn't mean it's two miles--it just feels like it. Updated with waist-deep mud, double-high entrance and exit mounds and completely vertical mud masses, the importance of teamwork on this obstacle has never been greater. Lend a hand, take a hand; pay it forward, give it back-- this obstacle is all about going the extra mile.
Everest 2.0 - With an increased height and rounded top, this keystone Tough Mudder obstacle is more team-oriented than ever. Higher, and with a tougher summit to grip, getting up Everest solo has never been harder.
Funky Monkey 2.0 - Even the most seasoned Mudders have never seen monkey bars as funky as these. The first half of the obstacle: monkey business as usual. During the second half, however, Mudders must grab a trapeze bar, swing onto a descending pipe and shimmy hand-over-hand to the finish.
Pole Dancer - Making Olympic parallel bars look like a preschool playground attraction, Pole Dancer is the ultimate test of tricep toughness. On this obstacle, Mudders must navigate up and down two slippery, wobbly bars using only their hands and arms. Get all bent out of shape and plummet to a pool below.
Berlin Walls - A long-standing Tough Mudder original, these super-sturdy 10-foot walls put camaraderie and teamwork to the ultimate test. Home to many a bottom boost and helping hand, no Mudder will be left on the outskirts of these towering timbers.
Underwater Tunnels - Get ready to hold your breath and prepare for the rush. Underwater Tunnels challenges Mudders to repeatedly plunge under a series of barrels dispersed throughout a cold body of water. Submerge, emerge, repeat is the name of this game.
Ladder To Hell - Get ready for your fear of heights to get pushed to a whole new level. A 12-foot structure made of massive tree trunks with boards mounted between them, Ladder to Hell requires Mudders to climb up and down its looming frame while forcing themselves not to look down.
King of the Mountain - Remember playing King of the Mountain in grade school? Well this is nothing like that. A five-meter high stack of huge, farm-grade hay bales, Mudders must work together to help one another reach the summit before taking in the sweet view with arms raised and heads tilted back. Oh, yeah. Then you gotta get back down.
Greased Lightning - A super-slick, gravity-powered obstacle that'll channel your inner mini Mudder, Greased Lightning is a grown-up's Slip n' Slide that sends Mudders flying down a greased-up tarp and into a pit of muddy water. Just sit back and enjoy the slide.
Balls to the Wall - Obviously we're talking about your intense grit here. Balls to the Wall is no elementary school gym class rope climb - but it has the potential to be just as embarrassing. This monster of an obstacle will have you scaling a wall three and a half meters in the air using only a muddy rope and what's left of your strength. Once you reach the top, work up the courage to descend the rope on the other side.
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