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10,000 racers expected next weekend at Beav’

Daily staff report
Vail, CO Colorado
Beaver Creek Resort | Special to the Daily

BEAVER CREEK, Colorado – On June 25 and 26, more than 10,000 competitors will come to Beaver Creek to participate in one of the “toughest events on the planet,” Tough Mudder.

The Beaver Creek Tough Mudder event features a nine-mile obstacle course designed by British Special Forces, complete with 26 challenges set across the lower portion of the mountain that test all-around strength, stamina, mental grit and camaraderie. In total, participants are expected to tackle 4,200 feet in elevation changes in 21⁄2 hours and with staggered start times throughout each day. Watch all the excitement and cheer participants on as they encounter hills, snow, mud, water, ropes, fire and 10,000 volts of electricity set among obstacles with names such as Boa Constrictor, Kiss of Mud, the Gauntlet, Funky Monkey and more.

For those opting to cheer on the challengers, the Buckaroo Express Gondola will be open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day providing free rides and transporting spectators to prime event viewing at The Ranch. A variety of obstacles will be located in and around the area accessed by the gondola, and spectators can refuel at the Chuckwagon, which will serve food and refreshments at The Ranch all weekend long.

A dedicated spectator shuttle also will be operating from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, transporting friends and family from the Covered Bridge in the village to Red Tail Camp. Beaver Creek offers free parking in the Elk, Bear and Wolf lots, and shuttles will run daily beginning at 7 a.m. from the parking lots to the village. The Avon shuttle will have various pick-up points in the town of Avon and then drop guests off in Beaver Creek Village both days.

The Centennial Express Lift (No. 6) also will operate as usual from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for some fun between event viewing, and Spruce Saddle Restaurant’s barbeque fare will be available from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. A lift ticket or pass is still required to ride the Centennial Express Lift.

For more information about Tough Mudder and the summer’s event lineup, visit http://www.beavercreek.com.

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