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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. We are the Number One rated Obstacle Course Racing podcast in the world according to Apple Podcasts and Amazon.com. Thank you. 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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Now displaying: January, 2018
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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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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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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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 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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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 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

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.

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