Gunstock's 'Tough Mudder' really shocks runners
By DAN SEUFERT
Sunday News Correspondent | June 01. 2013 8:50PM
Participants in Saturday's Tough Mudder competition at Gunstock Mountain Resort ran through lots of man-made mud along the course. (DAN SEUFERT/Union Leader Correspondent)
In the 90-degree heat, he and son Sam and their five-person team ran through the 21 events, each of which is a 10- to 12-mile obstacle course designed by British Special Forces, according to the company, to test strength, stamina and mental grit and to promote camaraderie.
The run is not a competition against others; it's meant to be a self-motivated test that also raises money for a good cause.
On Saturday it was the Wounded Warrior Project.
The 10,000-volt Electroshock Therapy event, which looked dangerous, was not so bad, he said.
"It was nothing more than a shock you'd get from an electric fence," he said.
Fun is a big part of the Tough Mudder events.
The Tough Mudder's website gives two "facts" about the sport of "mudding," one of the fastest-growing sports businesses in the world: "Marathon running is boring" and "Mudders do not take themselves too seriously."
The event was open to the public, but to get there, participants and spectators had to drive to New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, the facility chosen to handle parking. Buses ran back and forth from Loudon to Gilford all day Saturday.
The shuttling was necessary because the event, which claims to be the premier obstacle course series in the world, brought so many competitors to Gilford, said Gunstock's Bill Quigley.
Tough Mudder events support the Wounded Warrior Project, which supports the needs of severely injured service men and women.
If participants raise $150 or more, they receive a refund for the competition's $25 registration fee. Tough Mudder participants have raised more than $5 million for the project, the company said.
This year, Tough Mudder will host 53 events in the US, Canada, Great Britain, Australia, and Germany, according to the company.