Copper welcomes Tough Mudder
Hey all you mud masochists: the granddaddy of obstacle races is coming to Copper Mountain Resort.
After three years in Snowmass, where it drew close to 6,500 runners in 2016, the annual Tough Mudder Colorado obstacle race makes its Copper debut on July 15 and 16. The mid-summer stop features a traditional course of up to 12 miles that’s littered with 20-25 obstacles, along with a shortened sprint version, dubbed the Tough Mudder Half, held on a 5-mile course with 12-15 obstacles, according to a release from event organizers.
“We are thrilled to bring Tough Mudder and Tough Mudder Half to Copper Mountain for the first time in 2017, and we are excited to host thousands of new and returning Mudders,” said Courtney Jordan, event director for Tough Mudder, in the release. “We look forward to working closely with the Copper Mountain venue, Human Movement as well as the local community & stakeholders to produce a successful event and provide a positive economic impact on the region.”
Cost for the full event on either Saturday or Sunday is $209 per person and cost for the sprint event is $109 per person. Registration is available online and open to male and female competitors older than 14. But we shouldn’t really say competitors, because unless you’re running in this year’s new timed Tough Mudder, this event is all about simply finishing.
Simply finishing, though, is easier said than done with mud pits, barbed wire and devious climbs up, over and through towering wooden structures.
“Bringing Tough Mudder to Copper Mountain and Summit County is an amazing fit,” said Jeff Suffolk, president at Human Movement, the event production company owned by Copper’s parent company POWDR. “As part of the POWDR family, our goal is to fuel an adventure lifestyle by creating extraordinary events and experiential programming at our resort properties. There are very few athletic experiences in the world that compete with the Tough Mudder brand, and we’re excited to support their team next summer at Copper and future POWDR properties.”
Paul Cuthbertson set out by himself around 3 p.m. Friday from the trailhead that leads up to the Polar Star Inn, according to his father, Mike, but never made it to the popular backcountry hut as a late-spring snowstorm moved in.