What is the Tough Mountain Challenge?
The Tough Mountain Challenge is the most awesome race in the universe: a 5K adventure obstacle race in the mountains that would make Chuck Norris cry, which his good, because his tears can cure cancer.
Why is TMC the challenge for me?
It will give you a chance to challenge yourself and compete with friends as you drive your body to achieve your personal best. And it's a chance to get really dirty, get a great workout, and have fun with your friends then enjoy beer and live music once it’s all over.
How fit should I be?
If you can run a 5k you will probably survive. If you get winded walking from the TV room to the fridge, this probably isn’t for you.
Do I need to know how to swim?
No, but it's a good idea. One obstacle (Barker Pond) has overhead-depth water that you might fall into if you don't make it across the floats.
Are zombies/vampires/werewolves involved?
No, but it’s good training for when they do actually attack.
Do I need to sign a waiver?
This is America - of course you need to sign a waiver. You can sign your release of liability when you check in at the event, or better yet print and sign a form to bring with you. A parent or guardian must sign for any competitors under age 18.
Can I register as a team?
Heck yes. It’s even more fun to do this with your friends, especially if you’re in better shape. And, for all you couples, it’s better than marriage counseling. More info on teams here.
Can I transfer my registartion to someone else?
Yes, but only through July 1. You'll need to log in to make the transfer. Helpful instructions here.
Will you have a photographer?
Yes. Our friends at SkiPix.com will be covering the race and you can find and purchase photos on their web site after the event.
Can kids sign up?
Ages 13 and up can register for TMC, though it is recommended for ages 18 and up and your free beer will become a free non-alcoholic beverage if you're under 21. For those under 13 we have a Mini Mountain Challenge designed especially for two age categories: ages 4–6 and ages 7–12. Minors will need a parent or guardian to sign a release for either event.
What's the venue like?
It is awesome and you are so lucky to be competiting in this event. Similar events are run in the middle of a big field on a mud track with a bunch of man-made obstacles surrounded by a few tents, a hundred port-a-potties and parking. At the TMC you'll be in the middle of Sunday River ski resort with all the facilities, amenities and activities you could want.
How do I clean up after the event?
To clean your body we'll have outdoor showers set up, and there are restrooms for changing inside the lodge. If you have a dirty mind you'll need to figure that out on your own.
Where can I store my valuables?
Whatever you don’t want to leave in your car can be held in our free cubbies inside South Ridge Base Lodge or in our lockers for a few bucks.
Will there be food? Booze?
Please. For many of us, that’s the whole reason to do this. There will be barbecues and bars open all day in the event venue, the Foggy Goggle will be open inside (and has a great deck) and there is a small grocery store next to the lodge. If you compete you'll get a free mug of beer, and you can even keep the mug. You're welcome.
What's with the free beer?
You get a free beer (or soda) with your registration. When you check in you'll get a bracelet that you can have cut off to exchange for your free beer at any of our bars or BBQs before or after the event. If you're truely awesome, you can take your beer at our mid-course beer stations (which 40% of the field usually does).
Where do I park?
There is plenty of parking at South Ridge Base Lodge, where the TMC starts and finishes. RVs are welcome but there are no hookups. Parking if free, of course.
Where can friends and family watch?
Spectators can watch the Start/Finish right at South Ridge Base Lodge and are invited to wander around to various spots to watch the more exciting action. Many of the most popular obstacles are within walking distance. There will be plenty of tables for seating, and even some comfy Adirondak chairs if you can snag an empty one. Coming up to watch the event and join the party is free, of course.
Where should I stay?
We've got you covered with two hotels right at the ski resort complete with pools, health clubs, spas (think post-race massage), etc., plus hundreds of condominiums and a comfortable inn. Special lodging deals are available for Tough Mountain Weekend. Call 800-543-2754 to book.
What else can I do that weekend?
Awesome question. The TMC is the centerpiece of an all-day event at Sunday River that includes free outdoor music, barbecues and a beer garden, plus a full range of activities including chairlift rides, twin ziplines and wooded zipline tours, geocaching, lift-serviced mountain biking and world class golf. More info on these activities here. The town of Bethel and the surrounding Western Maine region has lots to offer including canoe trips and fishing on the Androscoggin River, tons of hiking throughout the region, plenty of options for lodging and restaurants, and more. Plus, the weekend of Tough Mountain is also Mollyockett Weekend in Bethel--a popular local festival. More information on the Bethel area is availabel at BethelMaine.com.
Where can I leave my kids?
Despite plentiful parking, please do not leave them in the car. Child care will be available in Sunday River's state-licensed facility next to South Ridge Base Lodge on the day of the event between 9:00am and 4:00pm. Cost will be $15 per hour, and $10 per hour for additional siblings. Reservations are highly recommended - please call 207-824-5083.
Where can I leave my grandparents?
South Ridge Base Lodge is located right next to the Start/Finish area and has seating, food, a retail store, gear storage, etc. Granny and Gramps can hang out in the lodge if they prefer to be out of the sun and away from the action. If they want to wear headbands and your event shirt and talk about their strategy for the race while stretching, even better.
What should I wear/bring?
Wear comfortable, loose workout clothes that you aren’t afraid to ruin and wear hiking shoes or cross-trainers suitable for uneven terrain. We recommend you not wear anything of value, like an iPod, jewelry, or a CamelBak, because it may get ruined or eaten by the mud. There will be water stations throughout the course, but keep in mind that you will be outside for most of the day—keep an eye on the weather as the TMC approaches and pack accordingly. Outdoor showers will be available next to the finish if you want to wash the mud off.
Where do I check-in when I get there?
Come right into the Welcome Center at South Ridge Base Lodge. You'll see the registration area and will pick up your shirt and mug at this time. There will be course maps available also. We have a small grocery store that will be open throughout the event in case you need a beer to take the edge off prior to the event.
What time should I arrive?
You should come up Friday night to take advantage of Express Check-In and our race pre-party and mid-mountain dinner. However, you may arrive any time on the day of the event. Check-in will run from 7:00am until 2pm. Try to get here at least an hour before your heat so you have time to register, stash your stuff, and scout the course.
Where can I get results?
Results will be posted on a digital board as you cross the finish line, and online on this site after the event.
Can I get a refund on my registration?
Registration is non-refundable. However if you have a valid reason you cannot compete (injury, pregnant, deployed overseas, etc) you can transfer your registration to someone else before June 1 by emailing email@example.com. After June 1 no transfers can be made.
How should I train?
Get off the couch. No, seriously, do some circuit training, some cardio, and some strengthening. For pointers, we recommend watching Karate Kid, Roadhouse, and anything with Chuck Norris. Remember: Pain is weakness leaving the body.
Can I skip an obstacle?
No. All competitors will be outfitted with electronic shock collars and the entire course is monitored by real-time wireless video. If you skip an obstacle we'll zap you. Just kidding—there is nothing keeping you from skipping an obstacle but you'll feel cheated from the full Tough Mountain expreience if you do so. Plus it's bad karma.
Are pets allowed?
Of course! Just make sure you have your furry friend’s leash, and if you bring an aligator or large snake please keep them out of the water obstacles.
Do you need volunteers?
Yes. We welcome anyone interested in helping out with the event, and you'll walk away with a t-shirt and lunch. Volunteer shifts are generally four hours long, unless you really want to get after it and do more. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.