How can I register for the 2013 Tough Mountain Challenge?
The 2013 Tough Mountain Challenge is sold out and registartion is closed. The early bird gets the muddy worm.
Can I transfer my registartion to someone else?
Yes, but only through June 1. The individual(s) registered should email us with the name, email address, date of birth and shirt size of the individual(s) taking their place.
What is the Tough Mountain Challenge?
A 5K adventure obstacle race 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. Eh. Who are we kidding? 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 yeah. 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.
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?
We'll have outdoor showers set up, and there are restrooms for changing inside the lodge.
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.
Where do I park?
There is plenty of free parking at South Ridge Base Lodge, where the TMC starts and finishes. RVs are welcome but there are no hookups.
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. Rates are a steal and include breakfast. Call 800-543-2754 for more.
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.
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?
Registration will run from 7am until noon. Try to get here at least an hour before your heat (or before noon if you have a later heat) so you have time to register, stash your stuff, and scout the course. You don’t want to be rushed. For a relaxed morning, we recommending spending the night before in one of our Grand Resort Hotels, hitting the health club to train (or the hot tub with a beverage), then rolling in to registration rested and rejuvenated.
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.