Tough Mountain Challenge is designed by a highly trained and frighteningly creative team of individuals who spend sleepless nights imagining ways to challenge and torture the mind, body and soul. And because we limit the number of competitors and spread out the field into heats of 100, you'll find the course to be a continuous challenge from start to finish without the crowding and waiting that plague many events.
A wonderfully dirty start to a wickedly awesome adventure, and a surefire way to add ten pounds of mud to your shoes before running up the mountain. Lace 'em up tight, kids.
Twelve high-velocity snow guns create waves of water for you to navigate while making your way uphill. Known to cause contacts to pop out and make breathing difficult after you're already winded.
Claustrophobic? Love it or hate it, you'll need to relax your anxieties as you as you navigate your way through this one. Don't pass out in the middle, as nobody will be able to reach you.
Bust 'n’ Burn
A nod to our retired thigh-burning mogul competition, you'll race across 100 feet of deep, muddy ditches under a barrage of snow guns. Try skipping peak-to-peak and risk falling into a wet muddy grave.
the sweet spot
Four snow guns with high-powered fans concentrate their forces into a single wall you'll have to break through. The only way through this watery hell is to run at the spot where all four guns connect, put your head down, and plow ahead.
Who throws a foam party in the middle of a mud run? We do. Navigate your way through blind as the foam will pile up over your head.
After stumbling into a deep ravine you'll have to climb your way out, directly up the waterfall. Your muscles will burn like giant a pile of tires.
Follow a stream bed to a 50-foot underground culvert. Hustle your love muscle because you'll have a line of people right behind you and they might get pushy.
Your back will ache, your legs will scream, and you'll want to throw up as you push straight uphill to conquer the biggest obstacle on the course. Remember, pain is just weakness leaving the body.
Simple, but scary. Get a running start and jump over a pit of fire and smoke. You'll be so drenched in sweat by this point that you'll probably be fine.
After punishing you on the WTF climb we're dropping you right back down the mountain into Aurora Basin, through a series of obstacles designed to test your strength. You can curse us, but we won't hear you.
It's time to go underground, through a 100-foot tunnel that smells kind of like death.
Because we know you like surprises.
Show us who's in charge and shotgun a beer. Each year roughly half the field takes on this optional, but recommended, challenge. 21+
Make like a bobber as you duck under way to pass below metal beams. Just don't pop up too soon and crush your skull, or drink the dirty water.
Cross under the ski trail then over the pond on a mix of obstacles including lilly pads, climbing walls, balance beams, and a nice drop. If you can't swim, grab a PFD on the way in.
shredder mud crawl
After years of experimentation we've perfected our mud recipe to ensure you won't be able to pass too quickly, and don't forget about the razor-sharp barbed wire just above your back. Head down, and watch those ponytails.
Snow & Steady
Slowly balance your way across snowmaking pipes over a very long and very dirty pond. Remember, mud makes everything slippery and your legs will feel like rubber.
Slip, slide & die
Longer, faster, and ribbed for your pleasure. This delightful obstacle is gravity-fed and deposits you into a pool with a mightly splash. Jump on and enjoy the ride.
Finish as you started, with a quick hit of mud.