Tough Mudder returns to Aspen with 9K attending
ASPEN — Tough Mudder Colorado will make its return to Snowmass Village in Aspen this weekend, the first time it’s been held locally since 2016.
The popular brand of obstacle-course racing will push athletes to their limits with roughly 10 miles of racing up and down the Snowmass Ski Area. It’s considered one of the tougher courses on the Tough Mudder circuit.
According to the town of Snowmass Village, around 8,000 athletes and spectators are expected to be in Snowmass for Saturday, Aug. 25’s event and 1,000 on Sunday, Aug. 26.
The event — consisting of a 10- to 12-mile obstacle course designed to test participants’ strength, stamina, teamwork and mental grit — will be the largest event of the summer to date, according to the town.
Due to the high volume of people participating and the extent of the course, which utilizes roadways, easements and trails, various roads and parking lots will be impacted.
From 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Sunday, residents may expect the following traffic, road and parking impacts:
Bus traffic along upper Brush Creek Road (from the roundabout to Divide Road). A detour will be in place to access the Upper Village via Carriage Way.
Traffic delays on Carriage Way near lot 1. The town advises motorists to drive carefully and pay attention to course marshals.
Parking in the village will be extremely limited or unavailable during the event. The town encourages drivers to use the Village Shuttle free public transportation system.
The trails below are a part of the Tough Mudder course and will experience heavy race traffic throughout the event:
Brush Creek Trail (from Creekside to Wood Road)
Mountain View Trail
Additional details may be found online at http://www.tosv.com. The town asks motorists and trail users to follow signage and choose alternative routes.
Tourism and outdoor recreation employ a lot of people, but those workers’ wages are below county and regional averages.