Ideals of the Tough Mudder Competition

Gary Rixson has worked as a consultant with the benefit communication insourcing division at Lockton Companies since 2013. Outside of work, Gary Rixson combines his athletic interests with his passion for philanthropy, running marathons and Tough Mudder events.

Established in 2010, the Tough Mudder competition challenges teams and individuals to complete outdoor obstacle courses that range from 10 to 12 miles in length. While the courses change from event to event, they are designed to challenge participants’ physical endurance as well as their mental fortitude. Since 2010, more than 150 events have been held, resulting in $8.5 million raised for the Wounded Warrior Project (WWP).

Tough Mudder competitions differ from similar athletic events in a number of ways, primarily in regards to the emphasis on teamwork and determination. Tough Mudder competitors do not record finish times at the conclusion of an event, for example. Instead, athletes are lauded for their efforts in encouraging and helping others in completing the course. The Tough Mudder Pledge begins “I understand that Tough Mudder is not a race but a challenge,” and includes the promise to “help my fellow mudders complete the course.”

Upcoming 2016 Tough Mudder events are scheduled to take place in Los Angeles, Atlanta, Austin, and Chicago throughout the spring months.