If you’re an adaptive athlete coming out to your first Tough Mudder, there’s a lot to know - but we’re here to help! To get the process started, consider the following:
- Specific Impairments - Tough Mudder has had the privilege of hosting adaptive athletes with a wide variety of ability levels. Each athlete’s needs at our events are unique. Some of the most common restrictions amongst these athletes are listed below.
- Course Guidance - Tough Mudder events are always best conquered with teammates. For adaptive athletes, this can be especially true. Consider whether you would like or need an assigned guide(s) to physically assist you in completing the event. While athlete’s are encouraged to recruit their own team of supporters, Tough Mudder can often help facilitate connections through our affiliate partners to pair athletes with volunteer guides.
- Equipment - The need for specialized equipment will vary from athlete to athlete. At a minimum, athletes should always wear weather appropriate clothing and bring options, as courses often take longer to complete than anticipated. Some common specialized equipment, such as off road wheelchairs and harnesses, may be available on loan from some of our affiliate partners. If there is equipment that you may need, let us know when filling out the adaptive athlete form and we’ll see if we can help. If you’re not sure, join us for one of our scheduled live streams for the chance to ask some of our subject area experts.
- Preparation - Getting yourself ready for Tough Mudder is important. We recommend preparing both physically and mentally in the weeks/months leading up to your event, including the use of equipment/nutrition that you intend to use on the event day. As always, check with a medical professional prior to completing the event. It is also strongly recommended that you check out our Obstacle webpages to review the various features that you may encounter on the course. It’s best to ask questions of our staff prior to the event to aid in foreseeing challenges and identifying alternative options.