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Welcome to the World’s Toughest Podcast, where we talk about any Obstacle Course Race you’d like, as long as it's World’s Toughest Mudder. Each week we talk to members of the WTM Community and share stories of success and failure in the single greatest event in OCR. The Worlds Toughest Podcast is a production of Contender Media and is not affiliated with Tough Mudder or TMHQ. Opinions expressed are those of the host and guest and are not necessarily the opinions of Tough Mudder. But they might be.
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May 25, 2018

We have never done an episode like this before.

We welcome Spartan CEO Joe De Sena for our first ever Spartan episode of the show. Today we talk about any obstacle course race you'd like, as long as it is Spartan Race.

Before we talk with Joe we talk about the recent Spartan US Championship Series race in Big Bear. We talk about the podium finishers and we talk with the women's winner Rea Kolbl.

We also talk about the entire five-race series and tell you who will win the series title this year. 

We wrap up the episode with our workout/interview with Joe De Sena.

This episode is unlike any other episode we have ever done. If you have never left a review on Apple Podcasts, (or if it's been a while since you left one) we would LOVE to have your feedback. Let us know what you think on Apple Podcasts.

0:00 Intro, Welcome

1:47 This is Madness

4:11 Race results from Big Bear

11:04 Big Bear race recap

15:05 Women's Winner Rea Kolbl

27:30 US Championship Series update and predictions: The Women

31:44 US Championship Series update and predictions: The Men

34:19 Let's read some iTunes reviews!

38:43 How did this all-Spartan episode come to be?

41:03 Spartan CEO Joe De Sena 

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Do you have a moment from your experience at Tough Mudder that you would like to share with the audience of World's Toughest Podcast? Would you like to win a pair of Merrell trail running shoes? Share your Merrell Mudder Moment with us at Worldstoughestpodcast@gmail.com with MMM in the subject line. In the body of the email, tell us your story. What did you overcome to complete the course? What did Tough Mudder help you over in your personal life? Selected Merrell Mudder Moments will win a pair of Merrell trail running shoes and be invited as a guest on a future episode of World's Toughest Podcast.

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May 22, 2018

Allison Tai has run seven Toughest Mudders, including this past weekend at Australia's Toughest Mudder. She has seven top-three podium finishes. That is more than anyone else, man or woman.

Allison took time out of her Australia family vacation to join the show and talk about Toughest Mudder Australia and how her husband John is her secret weapon in the pit.

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Do you have a moment from your experience at Tough Mudder that you would like to share with the audience of World's Toughest Podcast? Would you like to win a pair of Merrell trail running shoes? Share your Merrell Mudder Moment with us at Worldstoughestpodcast@gmail.com with MMM in the subject line. In the body of the email, tell us your story. What did you overcome to complete the course? What did Tough Mudder help you over in your personal life? Selected Merrell Mudder Moments will win a pair of Merrell trail running shoes and be invited as a guest on a future episode of World's Toughest Podcast.

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May 18, 2018

We talk with Lachlan Dansie, one of the elite athletes expected to do well at Australia's Toughest Mudder.

Lachlan is a three-time winner of the 24-hour Enduro race that will be co-branded as the OCRWC 24 Hour World Championship this year. He has also won multiple Spartan races and other races as well.

We talk about the course map, the obstacles, and the elite OCR athletes you can expect at Australia's Toughest Mudder.

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May 14, 2018

Ulrikke Evensen joins us to talk about her first-place finish at Europe's Toughest Mudder.

Ulrikke ran 45 miles at Europe's Toughest Mudder, tying the women's record held by Lindsay Webster and Allison Tai.

Ulrikke talks about how the race went for her, how the weather affected her, and how a man named Sam from the U.K. stepped up at the last minute to be her pit crew. Well done Sam. You're smashing it.

Before we talk with Ulrikke we talk about the men's and women's podiums. We will discuss the full list of results and mileage totals when they are released by TMHQ.

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May 13, 2018

Allison Tai and Shaun Stephens-Whale are the Toughest Mudder South women's and men's second-place finishers.

Allison ran 40 miles for her second-place finish. Allison's personal best for Toughest Mudder is her 45-mile performance at Chicago in 2017 to secure the Toughest Mudder Series win.

Shaun Stephens-Whale ran 45 miles for his second-place. Shaun and eventual winner Ryan Atkins traded the lead back and forth for the first 30 miles.

Before we talk with Allison and Shaun we take a deep dive into the numbers of Toughest Mudder South. How many runners were there? How many earned their contender status? Was this the hardest Toughest Mudder? Prove it.

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May 11, 2018

Europe's Toughest Mudder preview!

Ian Kay joins us to talk about the weather, the course, and the obstacles for Europe's Toughest Mudder.

Europe's Toughest Mudder is an eight-hour race on a five-mile looped course. The man and woman who complete the most laps in eight hours are crowned "Europe's Toughest Mudder".

Before we talk with Ian we talk about the prizing for the race, including the fact that winning Europe's Toughest Mudder is worth about 10% more than winning a Toughest Mudder in America.

We review a few common questions about the rules and then we talk about the elites to watch this weekend. The biggest news with the elites is the one who WON'T be there. Jon Albon is competing in the Trail Running World Championships this weekend in Spain and will not be in the U.K. to defend his title from last year.

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May 8, 2018
Rea Kolbl won Toughest Mudder South with 40 miles in 7:33. We talk with her about the course, the competition, and she recovers from running 40 miles in eight hours. Hint: More running.
 
Before we talk with Rea, we share some brief thoughts on Toughest Mudder South. We will do a deep dive on Toughest Mudder South with more information, statistics, and podium interviews later this week.
 
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World's Toughest Podcast is excited to partner with Merrell again to give away a pair of shoes every month to listeners of the show. To win a pair of Merrell Agility Peak Flex 2 or Merrell All Out Crush 2.0 trail running shoes, text the word TOUGH to the number 228-28 or email WorldsToughestPodcast@gmail.com with MERRELL in the subject line and your 1)Name, 2)Email Address and 3)Cell Phone in the body of the email. Both options will subscribe you to the World's Toughest Newsletter and qualify you to win.
 
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Do you have a moment from your experience at Tough Mudder that you would like to share with the audience of World's Toughest Podcast? Would you like to win a pair of Merrell trail running shoes? Share your Merrell Mudder Moment with us at Worldstoughestpodcast@gmail.com with MMM in the subject line. In the body of the email, tell us your story. What did you overcome to complete the course? What did Tough Mudder help you over in your personal life? Selected Merrell Mudder Moments will win a pair of Merrell trail running shoes and be invited as a guest on a future episode of World's Toughest Podcast.
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May 5, 2018

Toughest Mudder South preview episode!

We talk about everything you need to know about Toughest Mudder South including the obstacles, the course, the rules, and the elites.

We break down the course with Brian Gowiski. Brian was a member of the team that finished in first place at World's Toughest Mudder 2017 with 120 miles. Brian will be competing this weekend at his first Toughest Mudder ever.

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Do you have a moment from your experience at Tough Mudder that you would like to share with the audience of World's Toughest Podcast? Would you like to win a pair of Merrell trail running shoes? Share your Merrell Mudder Moment with us at Worldstoughestpodcast@gmail.com with MMM in the subject line. In the body of the email, tell us your story. What did you overcome to complete the course? What did Tough Mudder help you over in your personal life? Selected Merrell Mudder Moments will win a pair of Merrell trail running shoes and be invited as a guest on a future episode of World's Toughest Podcast.

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May 3, 2018

Orla Walsh joins us to talk about the mental aspect of racing TMX. Orla talks about the mantras and self-talk she uses to push herself while she is out on course. We also talk about her second place finish at TMX Miami and what it will take to beat Corinna Coffin at the TMX championships in Virginia on June 8th.

Before we talk with Orla, we have a report from listener Wil Chung about Tough Mudder London, we have an announcement about a brand new way to listen to the show (Amazon Alexa. It’s awesome) and Will talks about nicknames in Obstacle Course Racing.
 
Do you have a moment from your experience at Tough Mudder that you would like to share with the audience of World's Toughest Podcast? Would you like to win a pair of Merrell trail running shoes? Share your Merrell Mudder Moment with us at Worldstoughestpodcast@gmail.com with MMM in the subject line. In the body of the email, tell us your story. What did you overcome to complete the course? What did Tough Mudder help you over in your personal life? Selected Merrell Mudder Moments will win a pair of Merrell trail running shoes and be invited as a guest on a future episode of World's Toughest Podcast.
 
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Apr 5, 2018

 

Michelle Ford is one of three people and the only woman to win a podium at World’s Toughest Mudder and TMX. Those other two? Ryan Atkins and Hunter McIntyre, two of the indisputably best athletes in OCR.
 
Michelle finished in third place at TMX Sacramento recently. TMX is a one-mile race combining classic Tough Mudder obstacles with functional fitness stations such as box jumps and pull ups.
 
Michelle talks about her experience at TMX and talks about why the sub-20 minute race was more miserable than the entire 24 hours she spent at World’s Toughest Mudder.
 
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World's Toughest Podcast is excited to partner with Merrell again to give away a pair of shoes every month to listeners of the show. To win a pair of Merrell Agility Peak Flex 2 or Merrell All Out Crush 2.0 trail running shoes, text the word TOUGH to the number 228-28 or email WorldsToughestPodcast@gmail.com with MERRELL in the subject line and your 1)Name, 2)Email Address and 3)Cell Phone in the body of the email. Both options will subscribe you to the World's Toughest Newsletter and qualify you to win.
 
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Do you have a moment from your experience at Tough Mudder that you would like to share with the audience of World's Toughest Podcast? Would you like to win a pair of Merrell trail running shoes? Share your Merrell Mudder Moment with us at Worldstoughestpodcast@gmail.com with MMM in the subject line. In the body of the email, tell us your story. What did you overcome to complete the course? What did Tough Mudder help you over in your personal life? Selected Merrell Mudder Moments will win a pair of Merrell trail running shoes and be invited as a guest on a future episode of World's Toughest Podcast.

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Mar 24, 2018

 

Corinna Coffin is the TMX women’s reigning champion. The three-race TMX series kicks off this weekend in Sacramento. The following TMX races will be April 8 in Miami with the championship race on June 8th in Virginia.

In addition to holding the women’s TMX title she also holds the Broken Skull Ranch title. We talk about both of those events and what it takes to win them.

Before we talk with Corinna we break down all the recent Tough Mudder news including the community reaction to opening weekend at Tough Mudder New Orleans.

0:00 Welcome, Intro, Merrell Mudder Moments

4:21 Toughest Mudder West is rescheduled for October

8:45 Tough Mudder New Orleans recap

13:25 Merrell and World’s Toughest Podcast, together in the mud

16:01 Disqualification at WTM 2017

19:15 Tough Mudder Arizona, Sacramento and East London Preview

22:29 Tough Mudder 5k: USA vs. The UK 

24:42 Tough Mudder is now in South Africa and the Philippines. Finally.

29:04 iTunes Reviews (*cough*)

33:30 Let’s go the phones! with Corinna Coffin

37:53 Corinna on Self-doubt before a race

39:08 Winning TMX with only one shoe

45:42 Winning Steve Austin’s Broken Skull Challenge

52:56 Does Corinna have a rivalry with Cassidy Watton?

54:58 How does Corinna train for TMX and Broken Skull?

1:00:25 What does Corinna’s nutrition look like?

1:03:52 Growing up with three brothers

1:08:37 Raising strong daughters and being a role model

1:15:41 Corinna’s 2018: Crossfit Regionals, TMX, and more Broken Skull

1:21:12 The 2018 Tough Mudder Pro Team

1:23:32 TMX Sacramento, station by station

1:40:13 Follow Corinna on Facebook and at Instagram.com/cscoffin13

1:41:06 Corinna is sponsored by Altra Running and the Tough Mudder Pro Team

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World's Toughest Podcast is excited to partner with Merrell again to give away a pair of shoes every month to listeners of the show. To win a pair of Merrell Agility Peak Flex 2 or Merrell All Out Crush 2.0 trail running shoes, text the word TOUGH to the number 228-28 or email WorldsToughestPodcast@gmail.com with MERRELL in the subject line and your 1)Name, 2)Email Address and 3)Cell Phone in the body of the email. Both options will subscribe you to the World's Toughest Newsletter and qualify you to win.

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Mar 12, 2018

Francis Lackner and Sue Harvey-Brown join us in this episode.

You may have seen Francis on a Tough Mudder course in his jolly red suit carrying his running partner, Santa Claus. Santa has "run" 39 Tough Mudder events. Francis plans to cross the 100 event mark himself in 2018.

In June of 2017, Francis lost his mom to cancer. A few months later Francis was running Toughest Mudder Chicago. His mom was supposed to there with him. On his second lap, the emotions became too much and he felt ready to quit. Instead of quitting, Francis and Ryan Cray decided to spend some extra time at the top of Everest 2.0, just helping people over the obstacle. The penalty for failing the obstacle was an additional 3/4 mile run. That extra time turned into an hour, and then into two hours, and then into four hours. Francis and Ryan left Everest to finish their second lap after 5 and a half hours on top of Everest.


After Toughest Mudder ended at 8:30 Francis spent the morning honoring his mother. He passed out red plastic roses to TMHQ staff, volunteer, and runners. The roses represented "One more day above the roses" the title of a song that became important to Ryan and his mother as she battled with cancer. Ryan tells the story of the roses and everything that happened that weekend.

Sue Harvey-Brown is the liaison between Merrell and Tough Mudder. When Merrell is working on a new initiative with Tough Mudder, odds are Sue is not far from the work being done.

Merrell and World's Toughest Podcast are partnering to bring you the Merrell Mudder Moment. This is a moment that happened to you or someone you know on a Tough Mudder course. Maybe the moment happened off the course and Tough Mudder was how you conquered it, or found peace with it. Or maybe Tough Mudder was how you honored someone like Francis and his mother.


We're going to highlight a new Merrell Mudder Moment every other month in 2018. Honorees will receive a pair of Merrell trail running shoes like the All Out Crush 2.0 and the opportunity to share their story on World's Toughest Podcast.

To submit your Merrell Mudder Moment, email Worldstoughestpodcast@gmail.com with Merrell Mudder Moment or MMM in the subject line. In the body of the email tell your story. What happened? How did you deal with it? How were you changed? Winners will be selected by World's Toughest Podcast and Merrell. Good luck!


0:00 Intro

2:27 Tough Mudder News

15:52 iTunes Reviews

20:54 Merrell Mudder Moments with Sue Harvey-Brown

28:28 One More Day Above The Roses with Francis Lackner

1:12:56 Outro and Wrap-up

 

World's Toughest Podcast is excited to partner with Merrell again to give away a pair of shoes every month to listeners of the show. To win a pair of Merrell Agility Peak Flex 2 or Merrell All Out Crush 2 trail running shoes, text the word TOUGH to the number 228-28 or email WorldsToughestPodcast@gmail.com with MERRELL in the subject line and your 1)Name, 2)Email Address and 3)Cell Phone in the body of the email. Either option will subscribe you to the World's Toughest Newsletter and qualify you to win.

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Mar 7, 2018
Heather Heaton did her first World’s Toughest Mudder in 2014. She went in knowing nothing. After taking her lumps from the course and the sandstorm she joined the World’s Toughest community online and came back ready for anything her next time.
 
Heather is a member of Team Three Rex. They are best known for their  WTM Pit Crew headband fundraiser. In 2017 they sold 500 headbands with all the proceeds going to charity.
 
Before we talk with Heather we talk about the race that wasn’t. Toughest Mudder West was canceled this past weekend due to weather-related safety concerns. We talk about all the exciting cancellation news and break down the nine possible locations TMHQ could hold a rescheduled Toughest Mudder West.
 
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World's Toughest Podcast is excited to partner with Merrell again to give away a pair of shoes every month to listeners of the show. To win a pair of Merrell Agility Peak Flex 2 or Merrell All Out Crush 2 trail running shoes, text the word TOUGH to the number 228-28 or email WorldsToughestPodcast@gmail.com with MERRELL in the subject line and your 1)Name, 2)Email Address and 3)Cell Phone in the body of the email. Both options will subscribe you to the World's Toughest Newsletter and qualify you to win.
 
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What do you think of the podcast? Who in the Tough Mudder community would you like to hear? Let us know on the World’s Toughest Podcast Facebook page at facebook.com/worldstoughestpod or find Will on Twitter at twitter.com/TheWillHicks
 
Would you like to be a part of the show? Leave us a review on Apple Podcasts and we'll read it on a future episode. Don't forget to subscribe and listen for new episodes every week.
 
Mar 2, 2018

Toughest Mudder West is this weekend. This is the first Toughest Mudder of the eight-race series for 2018.

Deanna Brasz and I talk about the course, the obstacles, and what people can expect from this cold, difficult race.

Deanna was one of the stars of Tougher Mudder in 2017. She ran 10 Tougher Mudders, with seven podiums, and four first place finishes. Three times last year she ran Tougher on Saturday morning and then ran the eight-hour Toughest Mudder on Saturday night.

Before we talk with Deanna, we talk about the elite competition at Toughest Mudder West. On the men’s side Ryan Atkins is the heavy favorite. He will face competition from Kris Mendoza, Glenn Racz, and Tyler Nash, as well a few possible surprises.

On the women’s side, four reigning champions will face off. World’s Toughest Mudder champion Rea Kolbl will face off against Toughest Mudder series champion Allison Tai, Spartan World Champion Lindsay Webster, and Spartan Ultrabeast World Champion Morgan Mckay.

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World's Toughest Podcast is excited to partner with Merrell again to give away a pair of shoes every month to listeners of the show. To win a pair of Merrell Agility Peak Flex 2 or Merrell All Out Crush 2 trail running shoes, text the word TOUGH to the number 228-28 or email WorldsToughestPodcast@gmail.com with MERRELL in the subject line and your 1)Name, 2)Email Address and 3)Cell Phone in the body of the email. Both options will subscribe you to the World's Toughest Newsletter and qualify you to win.
 
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What do you think of the podcast? Who in the Tough Mudder community would you like to hear? Let us know on the World’s Toughest Podcast Facebook page at facebook.com/worldstoughestpod or find Will on Twitter at twitter.com/TheWillHicks
 
Would you like to be a part of the show? Leave us a review on Apple Podcasts and we'll read it on a future episode. Don't forget to subscribe and listen for new episodes every week.
Feb 27, 2018
Hunter McIntyre is often called a “character” or a “bad boy” or a “big personality”, and those things may be true. But he’s no dummy. You can hear in this conversation between Hunter and Will that Hunter takes his training seriously. Hunter has his nutrition dialed in. His job is winning races and he takes his job seriously.
 
Hunter talks about training for and winning TMX, his experience as the longtime champion on Steve Austin’s Broken Skull Challenge, and the job that changed the course of his life. He also has thoughts on Spartan Race’s pro team, Joe DeSena’s vision for the future of OCR, and much, much more.
 
You can jump straight to our talk with Hunter McIntyre at 21:09.
 
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World's Toughest Podcast is excited to partner with Merrell again to give away a pair of shoes every month to listeners of the show. To win a pair of Merrell Agility Peak Flex 2 or Merrell All Out Crush 2 trail running shoes, text the word TOUGH to the number 228-28 or email WorldsToughestPodcast@gmail.com with MERRELL in the subject line and your 1)Name, 2)Email Address and 3)Cell Phone in the body of the email. Both options will subscribe you to the World's Toughest Newsletter and qualify you to win.
 
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What do you think of the podcast? Who in the Tough Mudder community would you like to hear? Let us know on the World’s Toughest Podcast Facebook page at facebook.com/worldstoughestpod or find Will on Twitter at twitter.com/TheWillHicks
 
Would you like to be a part of the show? Leave us a review on Apple Podcasts and we'll read it on a future episode. Don't forget to subscribe and listen for new episodes every week.
Feb 24, 2018

Jesi Stracham is the first person, man or woman, to complete the Tough Mudder Holy Grail in a wheelchair. To earn your Holy Grail you must complete a 10-mile Tougher Mudder, an eight-hour Toughest Mudder, and the 24-hour World’s Toughest Mudder in the same calendar year.

Jesi was a motorsports athlete when she was injured. She was a passenger on a motorcycle when a car made a U-turn into her. She ended up paralyzed from the chest down.

Jesi has a show on YouTube called Wheel With Me. She records herself going about her life in a wheelchair. Recently she has been training in the sport of Curling. She has aspirations of making the US Paralympic team for 2022.

For more information about Jesi's Wheel With Me foundation visit wheelwithmefoundation.org

Before we talk with Jesi we talk about the latest Tough Mudder news. The biggest news: Tough Mudder announced that all Tough Mudder courses this year will be run on a five-mile course. Tough Mudder Full participants will run two laps. Tough Mudder Half runners will complete one lap.

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Feb 14, 2018
We celebrate Valentine’s Day with an extra episode this week starring Carlo Piscitello and Josh Cox.
 
Carlo Piscitello and Josh Cox were the first people to have a weekly show dedicated to World’s Toughest Mudder and the WTM Community. They’ve both been on our podcast before, and this is their first joint appearance on the show.
 
Season Four of The Pis n’ Cox Show will debut soon. They have released a teaser episode for the next season. You can watch it here or find a link at our Facebook page. Facebook.com/worldstoughestpod. Josh and Carlo get into the details of their show and tell us what viewers can look forward to on their show in 2018.
 
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Feb 12, 2018
Ian Panter ran 30 miles at World’s Toughest Mudder in 2016. The last eight of those miles were on a broken foot. In 2017 after running Tough Mudder, he was a passenger in a car getting a ride back to his hotel. He was planning on running Toughest Mudder Philly that night and wanted to catch a quick nap before start time at midnight. As his car was leaving the venue he was hit by another car. Ian almost died from the accident and even nine months later is not 100% fully healed.
 
Ian talks about how he is doing now, the five months of his life he has no memory of, and the love and support he received from the World’s Toughest Mudder community during his recovery.
 
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Feb 9, 2018

Tough Mudder announced 26 cities will host a Tough Mudder 5k in 2018. We talked with Jay Ruggiero about the first ever Tough Mudder 5k in this bonus ep from last year.

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Jay Ruggerio is running this weekend in the first ever Tough Mudder 5k. We talk through the 3.1 miles and the 10 obstacles that many people will be facing for the first time ever.

Jay ran WTM for the first time in 2016 and completed 20 miles. He feels like he has unfinished business with the course and is looking to complete 50 miles in 2017. To help him and a small group of friends reach that goal of 50 miles he started a Facebook group called WTM 2017 50-Mile Team. The group now has over 200 members.

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Feb 5, 2018

Adriane Alvord joins the show to share her story.

Adriane finished in 9th Place at her first WTM in 2016. After qualifying as an Elite Contender at Toughest Mudder Philly she had high hopes for 2017. The race didn't end up working out the way she hoped, after a nasty fall from Stage 5 Clinger left her with a concussion and unable to run in a straight line.

Adriane has competed in the past two seasons of American Ninja Warrior and has high hopes to compete again this year. She also placed third at the BFX-24 race that was won by Adriane's "concussion buddy" Morgan Mckay.

Adriane also talks about her Dressage business. (It rhymes with Massage.) She says the best way to explain Dressage is "Ballet with horses".

Most people at World's Toughest Mudder write their names on their bibs, or a nickname. Adriane writes "Unbroken". Adriane escaped a violent abusive relationship and writes that on her bib to remind herself and to show others that she is still Unbroken.

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Jan 29, 2018
TMHQ hosts a large brunch the day after World’s Toughest Mudder. It’s a celebration of the event, the winners, and the community. After brunch Will sat down with Sue Harvey Brown, Kris Mendoza, and Kris’ parents, Katie and Danny Mendoza.
 
As part of her job for Merrell Sue is the liaison to Tough Mudder and the WTM Community. But she’s also a part of the community. She ran two Toughest Mudders in 2017 as well as World’s Toughest Mudder. She talks about her experience on the course as well as what Merrell has coming up in 2018.
 
Kris Mendoza is one of only seven people on the planet who have run 100 miles at WTM. He won 3rd place at WTM 2016 and was part of Team USA 8 that ran 120 miles at WTM 2017. He is the only OCR athlete we know of with his own theme song.
 
Katie and Danny Mendoza are Kristopher’s parents. They worked pit crew for Kris and his team. They talk about how proud they are of their son, but also how it feels as a parent to know your son is out on the course freezing cold and suffering.
 
They gave Will one of their limited edition DOZA hats. He wears it everywhere now.
 
 
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Jan 27, 2018
On today’s show, Back to the Phones! 
 
We take calls from Melissa “Sharkbait” Dugan, Ian Richardson, and Molly Kenneth on today’s episode. We start by talking about WTM 2017 but each conversation finds its own way.
 
Before we talk with the callers we talk about some Tough Mudder volunteer news, I messed up with Australia again, and Tough Mudder is rolling out ANOTHER new event series: Puppy Mudder. For real this time.
 
You have homework. Record yourself saying FIVE STARS and email it to worldstoughestpodcast at gmail dot com. Also, leave a review for the podcast on iTunes. Homework is due on Friday. Any Friday.
 
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Jan 26, 2018

Kickoff Week 2018 Continues!

The morning after WTM 2017 Will Hicks took his microphone to the hotel lobby to see who he could find. He ended up talking with Zoe Szczepanek, Maria Herrera, Gaspar Vazquez, and Evan Perperis for this episode.

Zoe Szczepanek (Scha-pah-neck. You can do it) was the sideline reporter for the Facebook Live coverage of WTM 2017. She shares her thoughts on the event, the community, and her future plans in the sport.

2017 was Maria Herrera's first time at WTM. She suffered an injury but still cranked out 35 miles her first time out.

Gaspar Vazquez was also a rookie this year. He finished with 50 miles even though he started cramping up IN THE FIRST LAP.

Evan Perperis was part of a two-man team in the classic team category with Wesley Kerr. They won second place with 80 miles.

Before we even talk with our guests though, we have a pretty intense discussion of Australia. You can blame Anne Carolyn Clifford, or you can blame Will's poor pronunciation of Brisbane. (It SHOULD sound like "Bris-Bin")

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Jan 24, 2018

Team Fat Boys is four people that Will Hicks has been friends with for over 20 years. Scott Forrester, Joel George, Nate Swanson, and Rachelle Swanson ran WTM 2017 as a National Relay Team, United States #3. They finished in 10th place overall, 3rd in the U.S.

2017 was the second WTM for Nate Swanson and Joel George and the first for Scott Forrester and Rachelle Swanson. All four members of the team are much older than the average athlete at WTM, with an average age somewhere in the low to mid 40’s. They talk about managing expectation for running WTM when you're in your 40’s.

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Jan 23, 2018

This is the most obstacle-heavy episode we've ever had.

Over 90 minutes of Tough Mudder talk with Jim "Da Goat" Campbell.

Jim has been a guest on the show several times before, but we have never talked about his personal brush with death and what brought him to Tough Mudder.

After a motorcycle accident nearly killed him on a highway in Texas, Jim was written off by the paramedics on scene, by the cops that arrived later, and by the Doctors at the hospital. Jim says his personal philosophy of "Goat Tough" was born in that hospital bed.

Jim is one of the most well-known members of the Tough Mudder community and is one of the few people to have run in every World's Toughest Mudder since it began in 2011. Jim was the first man to complete 100 Tough Mudder events, leading the way for Joe Perry and Joe Anderson to join him this year.

You can find Jim on Instagram as GoatTough

00.45 Welcome Back!
03:50 What are your 2018 Tough Mudder goals?
05:30 The lucky breakfast that led to the creation of World’s Toughest Podcast
07:00 If you’ve never run WTM, here’s why you should do in 2018
12:20 Let’s read some iTunes reviews!
16:40 Let’s go to the phones! with Jim “Da Goat” Campbell
17:40 Jim’s motorcycle accident and brush with death
20:24 “That’s when my femur went through my hip and ripped my pelvis in half"
24:12 “You can give me enough morphine to die?”
27:20 The origins of “Goat Tough”
32:06 "Someone will say you can’t do something, and later you will thank them”
36:30 The emergency room wouldn’t help, so Jim goes to an auto parts store…
39:15 How Jim signed up for his first Tough Mudder
42:35 The new obstacles for 2018
49:30 Electroshock Therapy is no longer the finisher obstacle
52:10 Tough Mudder opens The Vault
1:26.40 Jim’s race schedule for 2018

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