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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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Aug 25, 2017
Toughest Mudder Chicago Preview!
 
Eric Dymesich joins us to talk about his WTM experience and preview the Toughest Mudder Chicago course. Eric is new to the WTM community, with one World’s Toughest under his belt. He earned his 50 mile bib in his first trip to Lake Las Vegas. Eric talks about some tips on how to get the brown bib in your first attempt as well as talking about why World’s Toughest Mudder was such a meaningful event in his life.
 
Eric is an Iraq war veteran and he talks about how the camaraderie on the course at WTM is the closest thing he’s found to the military since he left the service.
 
Toughest Mudder Chicago will be a flat course, but a wet course. Not only will the obstacles have you in and out of the water, there is a river crossing, and a HIGH chance of rain during the event. Wet = Cold. Bring your wetsuits.
 
In addition to discussing the course, Will Hicks talks about the elites and who he expects to win. One dark horse: Amelia Boone. She hasn’t announced anything but Will thinks she’s going to make a surprise appearance to claim an Elite Contender spot and secure a shot at $50,000 in Vegas this November.
 
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Aug 19, 2017
Bonus Episode: Toughest Mudder Philly Rebroadcast
 
This weekend is Toughest Mudder Philly on CBS. After you watch the TV episode, listen to the podcast episode! This episode was recorded and aired immediately after Toughest Mudder Philly was held a few months ago. 
 
Toughest Mudder Philly is the third Toughest Mudder to be televised, after L.A. and Atlanta, but the fourth Toughest Mudder that was held this year. One week before Toughest Mudder Philly was Europe’s Toughest Mudder. There are currently no announced plans to air Europe’s Toughest Mudder or Canada’s Toughest Mudder in the U.S.
 
What do you think about our rebroadcasting bonus eps to go with the TV airings of Toughest Mudder? Let me know at willhicks@gmail.com or on Facebook at Facebook.com/worldstoughestpod 
 
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Aug 10, 2017

Will is back from his family vacation and has a lot of news to get caught up on before he talks Tough Mudder 5k with Jay Ruggiero.

Big items in the news we talk about are the new Toughest Mudder TV shows on CBS, the location of WTM 2018 and the new category this year at WTM: National Team. Will also does a little speculation on the future of co-ed teams at World's Toughest Mudder.

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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Aug 1, 2017
Elite Pit Crewing with Gina Estrada.
 
We talked with Gina Estrada about working Pit Crew for Toughest Mudder and World’s Toughest Mudder. Gina has worked pit for Team Four Eyes, Amelia Boone, Ryan Atkins, Austin Azar, Trevor Cichosz, Lindsay Webster, Allison Tai and more. Will got to watch Gina work a bit in Atlanta. When one of her athletes would come in she would feed them, handle their gear, and get them back onto the course like a Nascar pit stop.
 
She shares some of her secrets including having a “Pit Kit” ready and on hand at all times. Anything that her athlete could imagine they would need, she has in her Pit Kit. From batteries to nutrition to meds to chewing gum and more, she’s ready for whatever goes wrong. Building your own Pit Kit is a good first step to running a pit crew.
 
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Jul 28, 2017
Bonus Episode: Toughest Mudder Atlanta Rebroadcast
 
This weekend is Toughest Mudder Atlanta on CBS. After you watch the TV episode, listen to the podcast episode! This episode was recorded and aired immediately after Toughest Mudder Atlanta was held a few months ago. We talk about the experience on the course and have a conversation with Allison Tai about her experience getting second place.
 
What do you think about our rebroadcasting bonus eps to go with the TV airings of Toughest Mudder? Let us know at worldstoughestpodcast@gmail.com
 
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Jul 25, 2017
Running 75 miles at 200 pounds or better: Clydesdales and Athenas with Chris Betcher
 
Chris Betcher ran 75 miles at World’s Toughest Mudder in 2016. That’s great, but what makes it exceptional is he did it as a Clydesdale, a guy that weighs more than 200 pounds. (Don’t worry ladies. There’s a category for you too. Athenas are women who weigh more than 150 pounds.)
 
Chris wrote about his experience for Obstacle Racing Media which led to the creation of a Facebook Group dedicated to WTM participants that qualify as Clydesdales or Athenas. We talk about the article, about the group, and what he specifically did to prepare and execute to reach 75 miles in Vegas.
 
Don’t forget Toughest Mudder Atlanta is on CBS this weekend. Record it. Watch it twice.
 
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Jul 21, 2017
Bonus episode: Toughest Mudder L.A. Rebroadcast
 
This weekend is Toughest Mudder L.A. on CBS. After you watch the TV episode, listen to the podcast episode! This episode was recorded and aired immediately after Toughest Mudder L.A. was held a few months ago. Josh Cox and Will talked about their experience on the course together. Josh and Will “ran” their last lap together.
 
What do you think about our rebroadcasting bonus eps to go with the TV airings of Toughest Mudder? Let us know at worldstoughestpodcast@gmail.com
 
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Jul 20, 2017
WTM Training: Nitty Gritty Details with Yancy Culp
 
This is the second half-ish of our conversation with Yancy Culp. Yancy gets into the details of training for World’s Toughest Mudder with numbers and stats and more information than you can shake a stick at. 
 
Don’t forget Toughest Mudder L.A. is on CBS this weekend. Watch it with your friends. 
 
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Jul 18, 2017

Yancy Culp stops by to talk about training for World's Toughest Mudder. Yancy trains many of the top athletes in OCR and Tough Mudder, including Morgan Mckay, Allison Tai, Glenn Racz, Matt Novakovich, and Rose Wetzel.

Yancy has reached 50 miles both times he ran World's Toughest Mudder and talks about how to train to reach that goal for yourself.

This is the first part of our conversation. The second half will get into the nitty-gritty details of training. It will air later this week.

Also big news: The first ever Tough Mudder X was this past weekend. We will have our official recap episode when the TV show airs on CBS. Tough Mudder X will air August 27 and September 3 on CBS.

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Jul 11, 2017

Tough Mudder X preview with Morgan Mckay!

Morgan Mckay is competing this weekend at Tough Mudder X, the inaugural One Mile Tough Mudder course. Tough Mudder X is what would happen if Tough Mudder and CrossFit got together and had an adorable little competitive baby. And if that baby had a $25,000 prize for first place.

Morgan talks us through the course and tells us what to expect, and how she expects to do. Spoiler alert: She expects to do awesome. Or terrible. No in-between.

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Jul 4, 2017
Austin Azar joins us to talk about his 40 mile performance at Canada’s Toughest Mudder. Austin finished in 5th place, four seconds behind Matthew Hanson in 4th and one minute ahead of Trevor Cichosz in 6th. Austin finished 2nd to Trevor’s 1st at WTM 2016 and 3rd to Trevor’s 1st at Toughest Philly. Even though it wasn’t the top of the podium, Will asked Austin how it felt to finally beat Trevor.
 
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Jun 28, 2017
Canada’s Toughest Mudder Recap Part 2: Elite Edition
 
On today’s episode we talk with four of the Elite Contenders to come out of Canada’s Toughest Mudder.
 
KC Northup finished fourth among the ladies with 30 miles. KC finished fourth in Atlanta at her first Toughest Mudder before a disappointing DNF at her second in Philadelphia. KC talks about her path from success to disappointment and back to success again at Whistler.
 
Shaun Stephens-Whale finished third among the men with 40 miles. Shaun has done Obstacle Course Races in the past, but his background is in Stair Running. He’s been all over the world running up some of the most iconic buildings ever built. Shaun finished his last lap in second place before Robert Killian pulled off an epic comeback to earn second place. Shaun talks about his thought process and how he felt watching Robert take second place bumping Shaun to third.
 
Allison Tai finished third among the women with 35 miles. This is Allison’s fourth Toughest Mudder podium, more than any other man or woman. She talks about the secret to her consistency, and why Canadians seem to take so well to Obstacle Course Racing.
 
Matthew Hanson finished fourth among the men with 40 miles. Matthew beat Austin Azar by four seconds for fourth place. Matthew said he felt like Austin was running him down, like someone hunting their prey. He gets into the race between the two of them and how it went down.
 
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Jun 22, 2017

Toughest Mudder Canada Recap.

We're going guest free today. We're going to talk with the elites and the regular joes of Toughest Mudder Whistler in the next few episodes, but today is all about the stats, the results, and the numbers behind Canada's Toughest Mudder.

Here are your Canada's Toughest Mudder winners:

For the men:
Ryan Atkins in first with 45 miles in 8:11
Robert Killian in second with 45 miles in 8:40
Shaun Stephens-Whale in third with 40 miles in 7:33
Matthew Hanson in fourth with 40 miles in 7:53.13 
Austin Azar in fifth with 40 miles in 7:53.17
 
For the women:
Lindsay Webster in first with 35 miles in 7:39
Michelle Ford in second with 35 miles in 7:49
Allison Tai in third with 35 miles in 7:54
KC Northup in fourth with 30 miles 7:12
Stefanie Bishop in fifth with 30 miles in 7:30
 
We've got more on each racer with who they are and what they've done on the podcast.
 
This is the first episode of the podcast without an official guest. It will not be a regular feature, but we are interested in hearing your thoughts on it. We would love to hear from you via email at worldstoughestpodcast@gmail.com or you can leave a review on iTunes.

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Jun 15, 2017

Toughest Mudder Whistler Preview with PJ Catalano

Toughest Canada weather report is at 14:10.

If you want to get straight to PJ, skip to 20:35.

PJ and Will talk about Toughest Whistler at 47:55

Will opens the episode with news from the world of Tough Mudder including the release of the Holy Grail Leaderboard. All of your milage from the Tough Mudder competitive series is logged and you are ranked based on miles completed. Right now Sara Knight leads all people with 120 miles.

TMHQ announced a new obstacle exlusively for Toughest Mudder Canada: Bears. That is a true story. They’re concerned about bears on or near the course so they’re taking some safely precautions. We talk about them as we preview Whistler.

Of all the guys that run multiple laps at Tough Mudder courses, PJ Catalano is the multi-lappingingest. He’s the only guy Will knows that has run three laps in one day at a course.

PJ has run WTM three times, in 2014, 15, and 16. He’s hit 50 miles or more twice but still feels like those years weren’t completely successful races for him.

One of the things PJ and Will talk about is the emotional side of running World’s Toughest Mudder. You won't hear many people talk about it, but WTM will provide you with some highs and some LOWS.

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Jun 8, 2017

Heads up: Grown up language. Hide the kids.

Will Hicks talks about the big Tough Mudder X news and who he expects to see compete and who he does NOT expect to see out there. Do you realize 18 months ago you had two choices for a Tough Mudder event? You could run Tough Mudder or you could run World’s Toughest Mudder. Will talks about all seven of the current Tough Mudder events.

Then Keith Allen and Will Hicks talk about Toughest Mudder Philly, Matt B. Davis, and all these other people.

Matty Gregg

Kris Mendoza

Cassie Harris

Jay Bode

Melissa Dugan

Pis and Cox Ambassador Program

Jason Rulo

The Toughest Philly volunteer at Stage 5 Clinger

The Toughest Philly volunteer at Skidmarked

Ryan Atkins

Jon Albon

Chad Trammell

Phineas and Ferb

The nice british lady at the beginning of the ORM Podcast

Keith’s boy Pat

Dr. Red Tights (Wesley Kerr)

Hunter McIntyre

Garfield Griffiths

Kelly Allen

Keith’s kids

Joshua Grant

Junyong Pak

Yancy Culp

Jeff the video guy

Gina Estrada

Keith and Will talk about Stage 5 clinger and the volunteer who was not allowing runners to help each other on the obstacle. Keith and Will talked before Will talked with Nolan and Eli of TMHQ last week. TMHQ told us that was a misunderstanding on the part of the volunteer and should not have been the case. They always want participants to help each other. It shouldn’t happen again.

Keith’s pit food for Toughest Philly? 3 water bottle filled with Tailwind, Strawberries, Blueberries, and Pretzel M&M’s.

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May 31, 2017

On this episode, news of Amelia Boone’s return to racing (Don’t call it a comeback) along with her rare beef jerky audio, and three different interviews.

First, Sandy Rhee, of the NE Spahtens Podcast joins us to talk Toughest Mudder Philly and give her take on the race from the “non-elite” side of things. Then we get a view of the race from the top of the podium as we talk to Trevor Cichosz. Trevor won Toughest Philly, as well as World’s Toughest Mudder 2016. We talk to him about both races.

Finally we check in with Nolan Kombol and Eli Hutchison of TMHQ. Nolan and Eli are the brains behind Toughest Mudder. They’re the ones to thank for that Mud Mile in Atlanta. We talk about that obstacle specifically. We also talk about Stage 5 Clinger in Philly, as well as lots of other Toughest and World’s Toughest information.

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NE Spahtens Podcast on iTunes

The Mud Movement YouTube Channel

Amelia Boone for Oberto Beef Jerky

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May 24, 2017

Toughest Mudder Philly Recap!

Toughest Mudder Philly was this past weekend. Trevor Cichosz and Allison Tai came away with the first place wins and 208 runners out of 717 (29%) qualified as contenders.

Before we get into the Toughest Philly recap information Will talks about Ian Panter and the car accident he was in as he was leaving the Saturday morning Tough Mudder course. The local news station where Ian lives did a story on the accident and we listen to a clip from it. If you’d like to help Ian and his family with their medical expenses, a GoFundMe page has been set up. You can find a link to it at facebook.com/worldstoughestpod

Kris Mendoza borrowed the World’s Toughest Microphone and talked to several people in Philly, pre-race. He spends some time talking with Trevor Cichosz, Lou Fisher, Stefanie Bishop, John Fagan, Jim “Da Goat” Campbell, Keith Allen, Joel Forsyth, and Melissa “Sharkbait” Dugan. Da Goat and Sharkbait are on this podcast as often as Will Hicks lately.

As we start talking about Philly, we talk about the Philly results and stats, as well as discussing the Toughest Mudder series as a whole. Philly had 29% of the field qualify as contenders, Europe had 33%, Atlanta had 61%, and LA had 46%. Total contender numbers so far: 2,272 people have run Toughest Mudder. 885 have completed 25 miles. 39% have become contenders.

Will then reads a few iTunes reviews (Have you left your review yet?) and reminds everyone how to enter to win a free pair of Merrell Agility Peak Flex trail running shoes from the World’s Toughest Podcast. If you want better odds, you can also win of a pair of the shoes from Amazon, but the entry fee is about $130.

Once we go to the phones, we don’t come back. We have a conversation with Allison Tai, Kevin Given, Alex “Chikorita” Roudayna, Kevin “Bubbles” Gregory, Sara Knight, Jordan McDougal, and Stefanie Bishop.

Allison Tai won first place at Toughest Philly. If you’d like to hear more from Allison, check out episode 17 of the World’s Toughest Podcast.

Kevin Given ran Toughest Philly this weekend. You’ll recognize him on course in his straw cowboy hat.

Chikorita won third place at Toughest Philly and has qualified as an Elite Contender three times. She will make some noise this year at World’s Toughest Mudder.

Kevin Gregory has the nickname “Bubbles”. If you listen to his whole call with Will you’ll find out why.

Sara Knight is one of two women (with Sharkbait) who have run every Toughest Mudder so far. She and Chad Trammell are the only two people to qualify as an Elite Contender in more than one country.

Jordan McDougal won second place at Toughest Mudder Philly. He has a background in ultra-running. This is his first Toughest Mudder event.

Stefanie Bishop is the reigning World’s Toughest Mudder. She needs no introduction. You introduce yourself to her. That’s not her job.

This episode is almost two hours long. What do you think about that? Next time should we split it into two or three different episodes and put out a shorter episode each week? Or would you prefer to get as much information as you can, as soon as you can? Let us know in a review on iTunes. We would sincerely appreciate it.

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May 19, 2017

Toughest Mudder Philly Preview!

Philadelphia is the site of the fourth of six Toughest Mudder races. Races in Whistler and Chicago will take place later this year.

After a bit of Tough Mudder news and a plug for friends-of-the-show Pis n' Cox, we talk to Kris Mendoza.

Kris competed in Toughest L.A. and missed qualifying as an Elite Contender by less than two minutes. He talks about the disappointment he felt in L.A. and his plans for Toughest Mudder Philly.

We also talk about his performance at World's Toughest Mudder. His first year was 2014 where he completed 50 miles. In 2015 he completed 80 miles, and in 2016 he became one of only six people to complete 100 miles at World's Toughest Mudder.

Kris talks about how he went from zero running background to 50 miles, to 75+, all the way up to 100 miles. If you hit 50 miles at WTM last year and are chasing 75 this year you'll want to hear his advice.

If you'd like to join the World's Toughest Podcast Winner's List and enter the contest for a free pair of Merrell Agility Peak Flex shoes email WorldsToughestPodcast@gmail.com with Merrell in the subject line and the following in the body: 1) Your Name 2) Your email address 3) Your cell phone number

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May 17, 2017

Toughest Mudder Europe Recap!

On this episode we talk results, statistics, and interviews from Toughest Mudder Europe. We’ve got audio from the podium and you get a taste of Tough Mudder UK’s start line man, Gil Kolirin.

We talk about the list of all the 13 different men and 11 different women who have qualified as Elite Contenders for World’s Toughest Mudder 2017, as well as how many people have run each of the three Toughest Mudder and how many people completed 25 miles to qualify as a Contender at each location. If you don’t have time to listen right now, you can find this information on the World’s Toughest Podcast Facebook page, facebook.com/worldstoughestpod

Will talks to four different people who ran Toughest Mudder Europe for a few minutes each. Phil Renton, Emma Ray, Robbie Brown, and Nye Davies all had totally different, yet similar experiences at the race this weekend.

The episode wraps up with a talk with the men’s winner of Toughest Mudder Europe, Jon Albon. Jon talks about how the race went for him and gets into the mental side of long endurance racing.

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LAST MINUTE NEWS: After the audio was locked for this episode we saw a video on MudRunGuide.com with Tough Mudder CEO Will Dean talking about the plans for Toughest Europe next year. Current plans are to hold a Toughest Mudder in both the UK and Germany in 2018.

May 10, 2017

Toughest Mudder Europe Preview episode!

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The elevation at Toughest Mudder Europe will be similar to Toughest Mudder Atlanta. Expect hills, but not “Toughest L.A. Hills”. Weather is expected to be cold; 40 to 50 degrees Fahrenheit (5 to 10 degrees Celsius) and a 50% chance of rain. 10 to 15 mph winds for most of the night. Wear your wetsuit and windbreaker.

Congratulations to our three winners of the Merrell Agility Peak Flex trail running shoes! If you’d like to join the Winner’s List for a chance to win a pair for yourself email WorldsToughestPodcast@gmail.com with Subscribe in the subject line and three things in the email body: 1) Your name 2) Your email address and 3) Your phone number. If you’re already on the list you’re automatically entered to win next month. No need to rejoin.

In this episode we talk about the elites that we know will and will not be at Toughest Mudder Europe and give you some athletes to watch this weekend. We also talk with Will Chung and Daniel Stephens. Wil and Daniel are both from England and have both run regular Tough Mudders at Grantham, site of Toughest Mudder Europe.

Wil Chung ran in the first ever international edition of Tougher Mudder last weekend at Midlands UK and he walks us through how it went. Wil will be running Toughest Mudder this weekend and we talk about what he expects from the event.

Daniel Stephens ran the first Tough Mudder of the UK season last Saturday morning. Then he got on a plane and flew to America where he ran Toughest Mudder Atlanta that night and put up 25 miles. Daniel tells us about that whole experience and how it went for him. We also talk about his experience at World’s Toughest Mudder. Daniel was not happy with his performance at his first WTM in 2015. He talks about how he dealt with that and came back stronger in 2016 to finish 50 miles.

Who would you like to hear on the podcast? Let us know on the WTM Community page, the World’s Toughest Podcast Facebook page, or leave us a review on iTunes. Don't forget to subscribe and listen for new episodes every Tuesday.

May 3, 2017

Allison Tai joins us to talk about Toughest Mudder Atlanta and her second place finish among the women and 7th place overall. You can find out more about her new gym opening June 1 at vancityocr.com.

Before we talk to Allison, Will talks about Toughest Atlanta and shares a few stories about the course. He loved it.

We also try out something new, with some short quick phone calls to members of the community that ran Toughest Atlanta. It's interesting to get a quick insight into what others thought about the event.

Will announced in this episode that he's giving away his personal tickets to Toughest Europe and Toughest Philly. He says if you want his ticket though, you're going to have to work for it while you're at the event. Will is looking for audio content for the podcast in exchange for his ticket. If you're interested, email WorldsToughestPodcast@gmail.com with Toughest Europe or Toughest Philly in the subject line and in the body of the email, your name, email address, and cell number, along with what type of audio content you feel you'll be able to provide the podcast from the event. This is not a contest. Will is selecting who he's giving his tickets to. The whole audience is counting on you!

Also, Merrell and World's Toughest Podcast are giving away three pair of Merrell Agility Peak Flex shoes on next weeks episode! If you'd like a chance to win a pair, email WorldsToughestPodcast@gmail.com with Merrell in the subject line and your name, email address, and cell phone number in the body. That will subscribe you to our Winners List to hear about World's Toughest Podcast news and events, as well as contests like this.

Who would you like to hear on the podcast? Let us know on the WTM Community page, the World’s Toughest Podcast Facebook page, or leave us a review on iTunes. Don't forget to subscribe and listen for new episodes every Tuesday.

Apr 29, 2017

Bonus episode of World’s Toughest Podcast! Last Minute Toughest Mudder Atlanta Edition!

We start with a weather report for Toughest Mudder Atlanta. It’s going to be hot. 69 degrees at 12:00 midnight. The coldest it will get during the race is 60 degrees at 6:00am. No rain in the forecast but humidity will be between 20 and 25 percent for the eight hours.

Jim Campbell ran Tougher Mudder this morning and talks about the course. Block Ness Monster is DEEP this time. Be careful guys. After we talk about the course we talk about the elite athletes running tonight and who to watch.

Sean Corvelle was working the start line and was outstanding as always. We heard through the grapevine that TMHQ has added four additional dates to Sean’s schedule for 2017. Sean had a great line he doesn’t use all the time: “Tough Mudder does not build obstacles to hurt you. Any fool can do that. We create a course to challenge you.”

We also talk to David Thanos about the course. He ran Tougher Mudder this morning. He also talks about the water depth at Block Ness Monster and the rule changes to Tougher Mudder. TMHQ has added penalty loops to Funky Monkey and Kong. If you fail either of those two obstacles you no longer have the option to retry the obstacle. You must take the penalty loop. However, even if you fail them, as long as you complete the penalty loop you will qualify for the Tougher Mudder headband.

If you finish on the podium tonight at Toughest Mudder Atlanta be sure to find Will Hicks afterward for the World’s Toughest Continental Breakfast. We’ll talk about the race while you enjoy some fruit, carbs, and a chilled Starbucks Carmel Macchiato or a Throwback Mt. Dew (with Real Sugar!)

If you'd like to join the World’s Toughest Podcast Winners List and enter the contest for a free pair of Merrell Agility Peak Flex shoes email WorldsToughestPodcast@gmail.com with Merrell in the subject line and the following in the body: 1) Your Name 2) Your email address 3) Your cell phone number 4) Yes or No to the question "Would you like to receive updates from Merrell and World's Toughest Podcast?"

Who would you like to hear on the podcast? Let us know on the WTM Community page, the World’s Toughest Podcast Facebook page, or leave us a review on iTunes. Don't forget to subscribe and listen for new episodes every Tuesday.

Apr 25, 2017

Jay and Heather Bode join me to talk about their experience at Toughest Mudder Los Angeles and to talk through the course map for this weekend at Toughest Mudder Atlanta.

Jay and Heather host the Overcome and Run podcast, as well as writing for their site, OvercomeAndRun.com

Jay and Heather talk about the details of their Toughest race in L.A. and how you can use that info as you finalize preparation for Toughest Atlanta, including what gear they wore, what food they brought, and how they handled cramping on course. We also go through the course map and talk about each obstacle at Toughest Atlanta and how to complete each one.

Congratulations to Alexandria Badenhop! She's the lucky winner of an entry to Toughest Mudder Atlanta and a pair of Merrell Agility Peak Flex trail running shoes. She won because she is subscribed to the World's Toughest Podcast email list so she heard about the 48 hour "Flash Contest" held this past weekend. We're in the middle of a big Merrell giveaway. Now is a good time to get on the list.

If you'd like to join the list and enter the contest for a free pair of Merrell Agility Peak Flex shoes email WorldsToughestPodcast@gmail.com with Merrell in the subject line and the following in the body: 1) Your name 2) Your email address 3) Your cell phone number 4) Yes or No to the question "Would you like to receive updates from Merrell and World's Toughest Podcast?"

Who would you like to hear on the podcast? Let us know on the WTM Community page, the World’s Toughest Podcast Facebook page, or leave us a review on iTunes. Don't forget to subscribe and listen for new episodes every Tuesday.

Apr 18, 2017

Tiffany Aab is my guest this week. You know Tiffany as the international TV Star of "Road to World's Toughest Mudder" on CBS Sports last December. Tiffany is very honest about her struggles with a bad marriage and cancer. She competed in her first WTM in 2016 exactly one year after being declared cancer free.

The connection and friendship formed though Tough Mudder is important to her. “The community has helped me be a better version of myself than I was last year” She says people don’t need to be intimidated by WTM. For most people, “It’s all about our own race”.

WE GOT A SHOE DEAL! WITH MERRELL!

Merrell and World's Toughest Podcast will be giving away a FREE pair of shoes this month and every month leading up to WTM 2017. We're kicking it off with THREE PAIR of the Merrell Agility Peak Flex.

Be sure to visit the World's Toughest Podcast Facebook page at Facebook.com/WorldsToughestPod to find out how to enter.

Apr 11, 2017

Walter Lyon joins us to talk about World's Toughest Mudder and Team Four Eyes. 

Before we talk to Walter, Will gives us an update on Tough Mudder Arizona along with an audio clip of Clinton Jackson encouraging Neil and Amanda Gerard through Electroshock Therapy. After you hear the audio, track down the video. It's great.

Chad Trammell talked with Matt B. Davis on the Obstacle Racing Media podcast. We listen to some clips of the interview and break down Chad's schedule vs. Ryan Atkins schedule. As it stands, Chad and Ryan will only face each other at one more Toughest Mudder, possibly two depending on how Ryan does in the Spartan US Championship Series. 

We also get a quick recovery update from Amelia Boone. Spoiler: She did a Spartan Race last week and had a great time.

Team Four Eyes is made of Walter, Joe Van Dyke, KC Hereth, and occasionally features guest stars Amelia Boone and Cassie Harris. KC is the motivator. Walter says “He can motivate a rock into doing a somersault”. Joe Van Dyke is the ironman triathlete on the team. He’s got 130 triathalons under his belt. He NEVER gets tired. Walter is the team captain/secretary. Walter prefers the title of captain instead of secretary though.

Walter has been at every WTM since 2011. He is one of just a few people who can say that. He talks about how difficult that first year was, and how 2014 was similar to 2011.

Walter also ran Tougher Mudder this weekend in Arizona. We talk about the competitive series and his plans for Toughest Mudder this year.

Who would you like to hear on the podcast? Let us know on the WTM Community page, the World’s Toughest Podcast Facebook page, or leave us a review on iTunes. Don't forget to subscribe and listen for new episodes every Tuesday.

 

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