Why you need to enter a Tough Mudder event for charity

Taking on the world’s best obstacle event for a good cause

In its relatively short existence, Tough Mudder has become a global phenomenon; a baptism of mud, ice, and the occasional electric shock that transforms mere mortals into ‘Mudders’.

Now, with the introduction of an official charity programme in 2014, Tough Mudder is on the cusp of becoming one of the biggest fundraising events in the world, with participants able to secure their place and raise money for a range of UK charities.

Tough beginnings

Co-founded in 2010 by British Harvard graduate Will Dean and his school-friend Guy Livingstone, Tough Mudder is an obstacle event with a difference. To the uninitiated, it may seem like a daunting proposition. 10-12 miles of the toughest, muddiest running, interspersed with 20 energy-sapping obstacles that push endurance and mental strength to their very limit. Delve deeper, however, and you’ll find an event built upon core values of camaraderie, courage and personal accomplishment.

It's all about teamwork

Tough Mudder is not about winning, or beating your personal best. It’s about teamwork, self-improvement, and most importantly of all, having fun. Forget any preconceptions you have of testosterone-fuelled psychopaths pushing you into the mud so that they can reach the finish line faster. Tough Mudder is famed for its selfless participants, who all live and breathe the fabled Tough Mudder pledge:

  • I understand that Tough Mudder is not a race but a challenge.
  • I put teamwork and camaraderie before my course time.
  • I do not whine – kids whine.
  • I help my fellow mudders complete the course.
  • I overcome all fears.

At the start of every Tough Mudder event, participants take a knee and recite the pledge, meaning absolutely everyone is aware of what is expected of them. Egos are left at the door; everyone is equal when they’re covered in mud.

An event for your bucket list

With over 50 events around the world, and more than one million participants since 2010, Tough Mudder has quickly established itself alongside the marathon as an event that absolutely everyone should have on their bucket list. No other event will push you as hard, or teach you as much about yourself as a Tough Mudder. You’ll come out the other end decidedly muddier, but with a story to tell and a newfound belief in yourself.

Mudders making a difference

It’s not just the lives of their participants that Tough Mudder help to transform. Working closely with the Wounded Warrior Project in the US, and Help For Heroes in the UK, Tough Mudder has raised over £5 million for charity. Following the launch of the official Tough Mudder charity programme in 2014, they look set to eclipse that figure, now that participants can raise money for other UK charities.

Enter Tough Mudder for charity

Taking part in a Tough Mudder for charity is an experience like no other. As well as helping your team reach the finish line, you’ll be helping a worthy cause to change people’s lives. When you’re tired, neck deep in mud, and preparing to submerge yourself in ice or run through electrified wires, the added motivation of raising money for charity could mean the difference between victory and defeat.

You won’t be alone either. Tough Mudder takes care of its charity participants, and rewards them for their hard work and self-sacrifice. As a charity participant, you’ll enjoy free parking on event day, a choice of which wave start time you want to go in, dedicated charity meeting points and cheering stations, and extra motivational shout outs from the event emcees. Add to that the continual support of your charity during training, and your fellow charity team (who will quickly become your best friends on event day) and it becomes obvious why so many people are completing Tough Mudder events for charity.

When you finally run, walk, or crawl over the finish line, you’ll be handed the coveted Tough Mudder headband, safe in the knowledge that YOU made a difference. Got what it takes? Check out the official Tough Mudder charity listings now to secure a place and change lives.

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