World’s Toughest Mudder is the most extreme, insane, imposing, pulse-pounding, heart-stopping 24-hour obstacle course challenge on the planet.
Sounds scary right? Not to Irish Mudder, Mark Webb.
Mark is 24 years old from the small village of Knockcarron located on the Limerick/Tipperary border. Since running his first Tough Mudder in Punchestown, Ireland in 2014 he has completed a whopping 14 Tough Mudder’s. This will be his first time taking on WTM.
What is involved in World’s Toughest Mudder?
The idea of the event is to see how many laps of the 5-mile course you can complete in 24 hours. Hosting a male, female and team competition, 3 extreme Mudders will be crowned at the end. The $10,000 that the winning male and female receive is nothing compared to the pride the winners will hold in being crowned the Toughest Mudder on the planet.
Even if you aren’t one of the crowned winners, you can still bring home the glory. Any individual or team who completes 25, 50, 75 or 100 miles will be honoured by Tough Mudder.
Why Tough Mudder?
According to Mark, it is the people involved in Tough Mudder that make the brand what it is. From the volunteers to the TMHQ staff, the other Mudders he meets on the course and the MC’s who greet him at the start and finish line.
Mark used to participate in Tough Mudders alone, (none of his friends and family was as crazy as he is). Although he may have started the event alone, he never finished alone. That’s the great thing about Tough Mudder, you are never alone. Either a team will adopt you along the way or you will find yourself with the other solo runners, making your own team.
The teamwork on the course is a big appeal to Mark. He said he has met some amazing people by offering a hand to them or receiving a hand to overcome an obstacle. A lot of these people attend multiple Tough Mudders throughout the season so there is always a familiar face, and he is looking forward to seeing some of them in Atlanta this weekend.
Volunteering at Tough Mudder
Mark said, “I really enjoy volunteering at Tough Mudder events.”
Usually, Mark would run in the morning and then volunteer in the afternoon. By doing this you get to see the event from two different perspectives. Volunteering can be just as much fun as participating in the event. So much so, even when Mark was injured and couldn’t participate in the Irish event in 2018, he still came along to lend a hand and see his friends. He loves being able to help newcomers complete obstacles with motivation, advice or a boost up (both metaphorically and literally).
Tough Mudder Ireland Volunteer Co-ordinator, Ciara Geraghty said:
“We love seeing Mudders come back to our event year after year. Mark is one of the Legionnaires that we have grown to know quite well as he always seems to be around when the events are on. He is a great asset to have on course, both as a participant and volunteer. He knows what’s needed to get through the course and is able to help other newbies get to the finish line in one piece. All of TMHQ Ireland wish Mark the very best of luck as he takes on World’s Toughest Mudder”
Mark is already in the US awaiting the WTM course.
Marks Goals for World’s Toughest Mudder
“My goal is just to keep moving for the 24 hours. I don’t have a mileage goal. I just want to get out on the course and do my best.”
The night ops will be an interesting new aspect to Mark. One that he is really looking forward too. Night ops is the part of the race which takes place overnight. Not only is there the added challenge of running in the dark but it will also be much colder at night. Participants will be running using a headtorch to see and most likely will have to wear a wetsuit to keep warm. It seems insane that this might be the part that Mark is most looking forward too but there is a reason:
“I think this will be the time of the race that brings participants together. We will be tired, hungry and cold. Keeping each other company or even motivation other runners in passing will be a big boost in morale.”
The Unknowns of WTM
Seeing as this is Marks first WTM competition, what he is dreading the most is the unknown obstacles. Mark is not a fan of heights or deep water, so obstacles that have previously featured on the WTM course like ‘The Cliff’ which brings both heights and deep water together are “nightmarish” to him.
Although he has completed 14 Tough Mudders, there will be plenty of obstacles he hasn’t seen before on course at WTM. These are causing him some concerned as he fears for the number of penalty laps he might rack up for not completing obstacles. But as Mark said, ” the is what makes WTM the event that it is and I look forward to taking on the biggest challenge in the Tough Mudder calendar.”
World’s Toughest Mudder takes place this weekend in Atlanta. Keep an eye on our social media channels for updates on how Mark and Team Ireland get on.