Tough Mudder race comes to Beaver Creek Saturday
Special to the Daily
BEAVER CREEK – Tough Mudder is an event unlike any other, and it will be the site to see this weekend in Beaver Creek. With up to 10,000 participants each day, the Village will be abuzz amidst what’s known as “probably the toughest event on the planet.”
“It’s not your ordinary hike, run, climb. There are 24 extra elements to tackle on the nearly 12-mile journey,” said Jen Brown, Beaver Creek public relations director. “Everyone is helping the participants. It’s about helping these people accomplish everything they’ve set out to do.”
Brown said the energy at last year’s Tough Mudder brought an enthusiastic crowd to Beaver Creek, and that between the participants and viewers, it’s an event that should not be missed.
“It really exposes Beaver Creek to a different audience,” Brown said. “This is the second year mountain has hosted the event, and we are seeing much more awareness and participation from locals.”
Brown said there will be up to 25,000 people in the Village throughout the weekend, so it’s important for spectators and viewers to plan ahead.
When to go
Tough Mudder participants should plan to arrive at the parking lots two hours before their scheduled start time. This is to allow for the shuttle to the venue, registration and hiking to the start of the event.
“Make sure to arrive early and allow plenty of time to reach Beaver Creek Village, whether you are watching or participating,” Brown said. “Give yourself at least two hours to park, take the shuttle, register and hike to the start.”
Where to park
All Tough Mudder participants and spectators should follow signs to The Rodeo Lot, located in Traer Creek in Avon and the Beaver Creek day parking lots, located along Highway 6 in Avon.
Express shuttles will run from the parking lots every 10 to 20 minutes directly from the Traer Creek/Rodeo Lot and from the Elk and Bear lots to the Covered Bridge in Beaver Creek Village. Shuttles will begin running at 6 a.m., and will run as long as needed, but less frequently after 5:30 p.m.
Where to register
Registration opens at 7 a.m. in Beaver Creek Village on the lawn in front of McCoy’s at the foot of the mountain.
Visit this online site to view a course map: http://www.beavercreek.com/events-and-activities/tough-mudder.aspx#coursemap#Top
Tough Mudder sells spectator tickets for $25 per person, per day. A portion of these sales will go towards supporting the Wounded Warrior Project. Spectator tickets provide lift access and access to the Dos Equis after party. Those who purchase spectator tickets will receive a wristband which must be worn and shown for lift access and after party admittance.
There is no charge for spectators who hike and walk around the mountain to watch the event. No bike access will be permitted during the event, but cyclists may ride up to Beaver Creek Village to watch the event.
Valid pass holders who want to access the mountain may use their valid pass, however, if they want access to the Dos Equis after party they are required to purchase the $25 spectator ticket from Tough Mudder to be issued a bracelet.
The Summer Adventure Center will be open from 9 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., June 9-10, to assist guests and reprint passes.
Food and beverage services will be available on the mountain at Spruce Saddle and The Ranch for participants and spectators. Beaver Creek merchants will be open in the village, and McCoy’s will be selling breakfast on Saturday and Sunday.
Public restrooms will be available at One Beaver Creek Place, Market Square and McCoy’s patio, and portable restrooms will be located at the starting line and at the after party, as well as at the top of both operating lifts and the lower parking lots.
Where to watch
Brown said the best place to watch the event action will be the top of Centennial Express Lift/Spruce Saddle and the top of the Buckaroo Gondola/The Ranch. Spectator maps with hiking options and course details will be provided. Chairlifts will be open at 8:30 a.m., with a final upload at 4:30 p.m., and a final download at 5 p.m.
“The Village really starts to come to life between 6 a.m. and 7 a.m. Saturday and Sunday,” Brown said. “It’s not just the crowds, it’s the energy from the crowds. It’s the teams that are formed, it’s the costumes, and it’s just the physical accomplishments of individuals and teams who are working together.”
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