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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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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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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

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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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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 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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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 iTunes and we'll read it on a future episode. Don't forget to subscribe and listen for new episodes every week.
 
 
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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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 iTunes and we'll read it on a future episode. Don't forget to subscribe and listen for new episodes every week.

 

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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If you'd like to join the World’s Toughest Podcast Newsletter, text the word TOUGH to 228-28, or email WorldsToughestPodcast@gmail.com with SUBSCRIBE in the subject line and your 1)Name, 2)Email Address and 3)Cell Phone in the body of the email.

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 iTunes and we'll read it on a future episode. Don't forget to subscribe and listen for new episodes every week.

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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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 iTunes and we'll read it on a future episode. Don't forget to subscribe and listen for new episodes every week.
 
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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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 iTunes and we'll read it on a future episode. Don't forget to subscribe and listen for new episodes every week.
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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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 iTunes and we'll read it on a future episode. Don't forget to subscribe and listen for new episodes every week.

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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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 iTunes and we'll read it on a future episode. Don't forget to subscribe and listen for new episodes every week.

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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Jan 4, 2018

Welcome back!

This is the first episode of Season Two, but it is not a typical episode. MATURE content warning.

We sat down with Ryan Woods and Evan Perperis to talk about Ryan's recent failed drug test at OCR World Championships. Ryan has admitted to taking the banned substance DHEA but has said he took it accidentally, mistaking it for the approved substance DHA. Evan has said on his Strength and Speed podcast that he believes Ryan is lying about taking the substance accidentally. Evan has said he thinks Ryan took it intentionally and got caught.

Both Evan and Ryan wanted to talk this out in a neutral forum. Matt B. Davis of ORM recommended our podcast and Evan and Ryan agreed. We are happy to provide a level playing field.

The conversation got heated. This is NOT an episode where your kids can listen along with you.

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Regular programming will resume on Monday, January 22nd with Kickoff Week! We'll have a brand new episode every day of Kickoff Week culminating in our second ever listener call-in show on Friday.

For details on Kickoff Week, including how to be a part of the listener call in episode, be sure to subscribe to our free weekly World's Toughest Newsletter. Text the word TOUGH to 228-28. Normal text rates apply, but c'mon.

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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 or find Will on Twitter at twitter.com/TheWillHicks

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Dec 15, 2017

This is our last episode of 2017. Thanks for a great year. World’s Toughest Podcast will return in late January or early February 2018.

We announce the winners of the Toughest Award presented by World’s Toughest Podcast and then we talk with the 3rd and 4th place women of WTM 2017, Michelle Ford and Deanna Blegg.

Will wraps up the episode with some thoughts on 2017 and looks forward to 2018.

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Dec 13, 2017
Mike Stefano joins us to talk about his experience with Alex Youngworth at World’s Toughest 2017. Mike pitted for Alex and did a mini-interview with Alex every time Alex finished a lap. Mike shares the audio from his podcast with us. It’s great to hear Alex progress from confident, to tired, to beaten up. If you’ve ran WTM before you’ve felt like Alex before. If you haven’t ran WTM, you get a little peak at what it’s like at 3:00 in the morning when you’re tired and cold and just want to die.
 
Be sure to check out the Mstefano Running podcast for more from Mike and his co-host Katelyn.
 
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Dec 8, 2017

Allison Tai returns to the show to talk about her 2nd Place finish at World's Toughest Mudder 2017.

Tai ran 85 miles in 24:40. Here's how that stacks up against some of the top female performances over the years.

2017: Rea Kolbl, 90 miles in 23:47
2012: Amelia Boone, 90 miles in 25:30
2017: ALLISON TAI, 85 MILES IN 24:40
2013: Deanna Blegg, 85 miles in 24:58
2016: Stefanie Bishop, 85 miles in 25:05

Allison's 2017 performance would have won WTM every year except 2017 and 2012.

We also talk about the World's Toughest Podcast email list. You can now subscribe to the email list by texting the word TOUGH to 228-28.

Voting is open for the "Best Of OCR" Awards at MudRunGuide.com. After you vote, shoot Will an email. He'll thank you personally.

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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 or find Will on Twitter at twitter.com/TheWillHicks

Would you like to be a part of the show? Leave us a review on iTunes and we'll read it on a future episode. Don't forget to subscribe and listen for new episodes every week.

Dec 8, 2017

Allison Tai returns to the show to talk about her 2nd Place finish at World's Toughest Mudder 2017.

Tai ran 85 miles in 24:40. Here's how that stacks up against some of the top female performances over the years.

2017: Rea Kolbl, 90 miles in 23:47
2012: Amelia Boone, 90 miles in 25:30
2017: ALLISON TAI, 85 MILES IN 24:40
2013: Deanna Blegg, 85 miles in 24:58
2016: Stefanie Bishop, 85 miles in 25:05

Allison's 2017 performance would have won WTM every year except 2017 and 2012.

We also talk about the World's Toughest Podcast email list. You can now subscribe to the email list by texting the word TOUGH to 228-28.

Voting is open for the "Best Of OCR" Awards at MudRunGuide.com. After you vote, shoot Will an email. He'll thank you personally.

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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 or find Will on Twitter at twitter.com/TheWillHicks

Would you like to be a part of the show? Leave us a review on iTunes and we'll read it on a future episode. Don't forget to subscribe and listen for new episodes every week.

Dec 1, 2017
Matt B. Davis and Will Hicks got together the morning after World’s Toughest 2017 and talked about the race. Matt and Will follow the sport of OCR as closely as any two men on the planet. They share their thoughts on the athletes and the race.
 
This is the first interview in the 50-something episodes of the podcast that has not been edited. It gives it a different feel than most of the other interviews on the podcast so far. Let us know what you think of it on our Facebook page: Facebook.com/worldstoughestpod.
 
Before we talk with Matt we talk about the recent positive drug test at OCRWC. We talk about what it means for the industry in general and Tough Mudder in particular. The short story: Tough Mudder needs to start drug testing in 2018.
 
If you haven’t joined our weekly email list, you should. You can find a link at Facebook.com/worldstoughestpod. Each week we talk about Tough Mudder, World’s Toughest Mudder or something closely related. Get on that.

0:00  Intro, contact info for the show
1:45 Drug Testing
19:50 World’s Toughest Podcast is on Spotify!!!
20:50 Will Hicks on the FB Live coverage of WTM
30:20 Let’s read some iTunes reviews!
37:55 Let’s go the phones!!! And talk with Matt B. Davis

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Nov 18, 2017

World's Toughest Mudder 2017 is in the books. We talk about the elite podium finishers with audio from the finish line and talk with the Women's winner, Rea Kolbl.

Rea told us one of the reasons she decided to run World's Toughest Mudder was because she was listening to our podcast and she thought, "Yeah, I could do that". And she did. And she won.

Also, why is no one else talking about this? Taylor Swift just dropped a new CD and she wrote an entire song about World's Toughest Mudder. We break down the song and what Taylor Swift thinks about certain Tough Mudder obstacles. (Spoiler: She hates to get shocked.)

We are just a few iTunes reviews away from being the #1 reviewed podcast in all of the United States. Pick us up here fellas.

0:00 Intro, News

6:55 Podium results

8:50 Men’s podium deep dive

19:55 Women’s podium deep dive

25:45 Taylor Swift/WTM News

31:40 iTunes Reviews

34:35 Rea Kolbl

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Nov 13, 2017

A short recap of the winners from WTM 2017.

Congratulations to the winners and to everyone who ran World's Toughest Mudder 2017.

The podium winners:

Men:

  1. Ryan Atkins with 110 miles
  2. Robert Killian with 105 miles
  3. Trevor Cichosz with 95 miles

Women:

  1. Rea Koebl with 90 miles
  2. Allison Tai with 85 miles
  3. Michelle Ford with 80 miles

Relay Teams:

  1. Chad Trammell’s US #7 with 120 miles
  2. Kris Mendoza’s US #8 with 115 miles
  3. Team Germany #1 with 105 miles

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Nov 10, 2017
Elite Week continues with Ryan Atkins
 
If Atkins had to apply for a job as King of WTM, here’s what his resume would look like.
 
2013: 1st Place, 100 miles. First athlete to complete 100 miles
2014: 1st Place. 95 miles. The fastest 95 in WTM history.
2015: 1st Place, Team. 80 miles.
2016: 1st Place, Team. 105 miles. Winners of $100,000 bonus prize.
 
In 2017 Atkins will return to the solo category where he will face his 2015 and 2016 teammate Jon Albon.
 
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