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Sunday River’s Tough Mountain Challenge Becomes Resort’s Fastest Growing Event
Newry, Maine (Summer 2013)—On Saturday, July 20, 2013, 3,000 pre-registered racers will take to the snowless slopes of Sunday River to compete in the resort’s fastest growing event—the aptly named Tough Mountain Challenge.
Registration for this year’s event is currently closed, having sold out in April, but course access will still be available for spectators and fans to watch the event free of charge.
In addition to new obstacles, Sunday River has added more heats to adjust for the increase in racers registered. Last year’s Tough Mountain Challenge was attended by 2,500 racers.
Tough Mountain Challenge race divisions include individuals, duos, and teams of four. Costumes are encouraged.
Created in 2010, the Tough Mountain Challenge was designed to take some of Sunday River’s most well-known mountain features and pin them against racers. What started as a race featuring 200 racers has quickly sextupled into an event that boasts 3,000 men and women.
For this year’s event, competitors can expect a course between three and four miles long with up to five new obstacles. The entire course will feature upwards of 15 obstacles and detailed descriptions of each will be announced early this summer on toughmountain.com and the event’s Facebook Page.
Favorite obstacles from the 2012 Tough Mountain Challenge course being reconsidered for this year include:
• Hurricane Alley: A sprint through a battering ram of Sunday River’s most powerful snowguns spraying “summer snow.”
• WTF: A steep steep steep uphill scramble.
• Barker Pond Crossing: A leap-of-faith pond-crossing designed with balance in mind.
• Slip, Slide, and Die: Definitely not the Slip ‘N Slides of your youth.
Last year’s shotgun beer station for racers ages 21 and older is being considered a Tough Mountain Challenge staple.
The Tough Mountain Challenge is open to ages 13 and older, but recommended for ages 18 and older. There is also a Mini Mountain Challenge for kids 12 and younger that takes place the same day.
In addition to bragging rights, registrants take home a commemorative t-shirt and mug that they can use for a free drink at the finish or pass in favor of the on-mountain shotgun challenge.
Many opt for the shotgun challenge and in fact, 40 percent did during last year’s event.
For more information on last year’s course including pictures and video, visit toughmountain.com