2018 is the year to get ‘Tougher Together’, according to Tough Mudder HQ, and we are inclined to agree. That’s why we want to encourage as many of you as possible (newbies included) to come and run their urban 5k races in Stratford, London with us later this year.

Today, at this ungodly hour, we can reveal that TM have outdone themselves by unveiling their biggest build yet, and it’s called… Happy Ending. Yes, really.

They’ve also given Kong a boost (as if it needed it!), to give rise to Kong Infinity, the design of which was influenced by Mudders across the globe. If you’ve been keeping your eyes on The Vault, you’ll also know that there are some past loved icons coming out of retirement for the season.

So let’s talk about this Happy Ending, because, to be honest, it doesn’t conjure an image of an obstacle we particularly want to help people complete: Firstly, it’s a finisher obstacle [so the puns just write themselves, really]. It requires teamwork, as it’s almost 25ft tall, 80ft wide and 100ft long [good grief], and it’s certainly the biggest structure to grace a Tough Mudder course. It involves climbing up 40-degree inclines with the help of your fellow Mudders before a feet-first plunge down a 30ft slide into water. So you need to get your pals involved to complete the obstacle, and at the end, you’re all going to get wet. [I’ll stop now.]

Many of you will be delighted to know that Happy Ending will be replacing Electroshock Therapy as a finishing obstacle, but you will find our spiky friend out on the full 10-mile courses, with a bypass lane if required. But of course, TM’s penchant for throwing volts through participants has not been quashed, for you can choose to exit Happy Ending through their ‘bonus’ electrical feature, the Third Rail.

On to Kong Infinity: just when you thought it couldn’t get any meaner, the obstacle course design challenge winner is bigger, badder and one of the most technically challenging obstacles TM will offer up this year. It begins with a 15ft climb, and involves traversing the void using handles fixed to a barrel set on to a set of tracks, all 20ft above ground. Thanks very much to Ross Munro and Jonny McDonald of Glasgow, who designed this beast. Original Kong fans need not fret though, for it will be making an appearance on 10-mile courses over this year.

Are we still missing your favourite obstacles on course? Then have your say at ToughMudder and bring your old friends and/or nemeses back from The Vault. You have until January 26th to vote to see their return. Legionnaires get special privileges, naturally, with updated obstacle T-Boned coming to the party as a Legionnaire-only challenge.

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If that all sounds enticing enough for you, get yourselves over to ToughMudder to register and check out The Vault.

And work that upper body, or Kong’s gonna get you.

Ami is the Editor of Mudstacle, but moonlights as a farm animal vet, so basically she's perpetually dirty.


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