2018 Competition Rules - World's Toughest Mudder

Article I. INTRODUCTION

Section 1.01 PURPOSE

To provide an official and consistent set of competition rules (“Competition Rules”) for World's Toughest Mudder (WTM) and all programs activities, ceremonies, receptions, and exhibitions associated with World's Toughest Mudder.

Section 1.02 INTENTION

Competition Rules are intended to:

  1. Facilitate fair play, equality, and sportsmanship;
  2. Support ingenuity and skill without unduly limiting athletes; and
  3. Penalize athletes who gain, or seek to gain, an unfair advantage

Section 1.03 RACE DEFINITIONS

  1. “Athlete” is a registered participant competing in World's Toughest Mudder.
  2. “Race Director” is the person appointed by Tough Mudder to be in charge of race format and rule enforcement
  3. “Medical Director” is the person appointed by Tough Mudder to be in charge of medical and safety operations during the event, in charge of health and wellness of all person/s onsite
  4. “Race Official” person/s appointed by Tough Mudder to enforce rules during the event
  5. “Official Miles” will be the total number of completed 5-mile laps as measured by the official timing system.  Mileage measured by an athlete’s GPS tracker will not be taken into account to determine Official Miles.
  6. “Team Relay” refers to 4 athletes who have registered as for the Team Relay prior to the November 1st  deadline.
  7. “Team 2+” refers to 2 or more athletes who have registered as a Team 2+ team prior to the November 1st deadline.

Section 1.04        RACE CHANGES

Tough Mudder Reserves the Right to:

  1. Adjust or close the course and any of its obstacles during the race at any time
  2. Change, update, and determine obstacle operations during the race at any time
  3. Change, update, and determine race timings during the race at any time
  4. Settle any and all disputes through the Race Director, whose decision is final and not subject to appeal

Section 1.05 SPORTSMANSHIP

If Tough Mudder, from its own observation or upon receiving a report from any source, believes that a participant may have violated Article III or committed a gross breach of a rule, good manners, sportsmanship, or in any way has brought the sport into disrepute, that participant will face official review, potential disqualification, and/or removal from the site.

Article II. AWARDS & PRIZES

Section 2.01 TOP PRIZE

The “Top Prize” category is for the winners, runners up, and top places in each of the Men’s, Women’s, and Team Relay categories. The winners, runners up, and top places in each category are eligible for a cash prize depending on their official race result. In order to be eligible for a cash prize, Athletes must meet the following criteria:


Top Prize Criteria:

  1. Must be compliant with official Conduct of Athletes (see Article III.)
  2. Must be compliant with official Race Finish, Timing, and Results rules (see Article IV.)
  3. Must not have been disqualified for any reason at any time
  4. Must have the Race Director review, authorize, and approve final race timing and position
  5. All winning participants must report to the Race Director immediately following race to claim position and verify earnings. Race position or claims will not be accepted after the event
  6. In order to receive prize money, athletes must submit the required tax documentation
  7. Prizes will be made out in the name of the winning Male and Female athletes. In the case of the winning Team Relay, the Team Captain can designate how they would like the prize to be distributed.
  8. Cash Prize Allocation:

Pos.

MALE

FEMALE

Team Relay

Team 2+

1

$10,000

$10,000

$10,000

n/a

2

$4,000

$4,000

$4,000

n/a

3

$2,000

$2,000

$2,000

n/a

4

$1,000

$1,000

$1,000

n/a

5

$500

$500

$500

n/a

  1. Non-Cash Prize Allocation:

Pos.

MALE

FEMALE

Team Relay

Team 2+

1

Free WTM ‘19

Free WTM ‘19

Free WTM ‘19

Free ‘19 Competitive Series Season pass*

2

Free WTM ‘19

Free WTM ‘19

n/a

 Free ‘19 Tough Mudder Season Pass

3

Free WTM ‘19

Free WTM ‘19

n/a

Free  entry to  Toughest Mudder or Tough Mudder event

*Includes Tough Mudder 2019 Season Pass as well as unlimited Tougher Mudder, Toughest Mudder, and World’s Toughest Mudder

Section 2.02 $10K BONUS PRIZE

The $10,000 bonus prize(s) will be reserved for the winning Male and Female individual competitors who break the historical mileage record by completing the following mileage:

  1. Male:  115 miles
  2. Female:  95 miles

Each completed lap by an athlete will count as five (5) Official Miles towards their overall mileage count.  Mileage completed as part of an obstacle penalty will not count towards mileage.

If the first place Male or Female completes the above stated mileage, they will receive an additional $10,000 dollars as a bonus.  If multiple competitors reach the mileage mark, only the first place winning Male or Female will receive this prize.  Bonus Prizing will be in addition to eligible prize money from the 1st place Male and Female prize money if awarded.

In order to be eligible for the $10,000 bonus, the following criteria must be met:

  1. Athlete must be registered as an Elite Contender
  2. Athlete must be compliant with official conduct of WTM Athletes (see Article III)
  3. Athlete must be compliant with official Race Finish, Timing, and Results rules (see Article IV)
  4. Athlete must not have been disqualified for any reason at any time
  5. Athlete must complete a Finisher Lap after 8:00:00 AM Sunday, November 11 (see Section 3.06)
  6. Athlete must have the Race Director review, authorize, and approve final race timing and position

Section 2.03 AGE GROUP AWARDS

The “Age Group Awards” category is for recognition of the top places in allocated age brackets of both the  Men’s and Women’s categories. Athletes must meet the following criteria:


Age Group Winner
 Criteria:

  1. Must be compliant with official Conduct of Athletes (see Article III.)
  2. Must be compliant with official Race Finish, Timing, and Results rules (see Article IV.)
  3. Must not have been disqualified for any reason at any time
  4. Must have the Race Director review, authorize, and approve final race timing and position
  5. Age Group Non-Cash Prize Allocation:

AGE BRACKETS

MALE

FEMALE

16 - 19

Free WTM ‘19

Free WTM ‘19

20 - 39

Free WTM ‘19

Free WTM ‘19

40-49

Free WTM ‘19

Free WTM ‘19

50+

Free WTM ‘19

Free WTM ‘19

Section 2.04 ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS

The “Achievement Awards” are for achievements earned during the course of the race and are awarded immediately upon the completion of the achievement.

Achievement Award Criteria:

  1. Must be compliant with official Conduct of Athletes (see Article III.)
  2. Must be compliant with official Race Finish, Timing, and Results rules (see Article IV.)
  3. Must not have been disqualified prior to achievement.
  4. Achievement Award Allocation:

25 MILES = 25 mile patch
50 MILES = 50 Mile Brown Bib
75 MILES = 75 Mile Silver Bib, Free 2019 Toughest Mudder entry
100 MILES = 100 Mile Orange Bib, 100-Mile Club Orange Jacket
125 MILES = 125 Mile Black & Orange Bib, Free Lifetime Entry
SPRINT LAP =
Green Sprint Lap Bib, Free Tough Mudder Entry
24 HOUR FINISHER = Black Headband

Section 2.04        HOLY GRAIL

The “Holy Grail” refers to a special award qualification that is earned by participants that completed the following events within a calendar year:

  1. Successful completion of a Tougher Mudder
  2. Successful completion of a Toughest Mudder
  3. Successful completion of World’s Toughest Mudder (minimum 1 lap)

All rewards associated with Holy Grail completion will be assessed and dispersed immediately after the close of the event or at the Champions’ Brunch.  

Article III.ATHLETE CONDUCT

Section 3.01 GENERAL BEHAVIOR

Each participating Athlete must:

  1. Practice good sportsmanship at all times;
  2. Be responsible for his/her own safety and the safety of others;
  3. Know, understand, and follow all Competition Rules, as stated herein;
  4. Obey instructions from Race Officials and treat referees, officials, volunteers, spectators, the public, and other athletes with respect and courtesy;
  5. Inform a Race Official promptly after losing a timing chip or missing a timing mat;
  6. Inform a Race Official promptly after withdrawing from the race;
  7. Compete without receiving assistance from non-participants;
  8. Not dispose of trash or equipment on the course (except at aid stations or other designated trash‐disposal points).Intentional or careless littering may result in disqualification;
  9. Clear out designated Pit space of all personal belongings, food, supplies and trash before leaving event site at conclusion of race. If left in a disorderly fashion, race officials have the right to penalize Athlete.
  10. Not gain or attempt to gain any unfair advantage from any external vehicle or object;
  11. Follow the prescribed course. It is the athlete’s responsibility to know the course. Athletes must cover the prescribed course in its entirety. Failure to do so will result in immediate disqualification;

Section 3.02    ANTI-DOPING

Each athlete acknowledges notice of the Anti‐Doping Rules (as such term is defined below), and acknowledges that he/she is bound by, confirms he/she shall comply with, and voluntarily consents to all provisions of the Anti‐Doping Rules.

  1. “Anti‐Doping Rules” means all anti‐doping rules adopted by World's Toughest Mudder including, without limitation, the World Anti‐Doping Code (the “WADA Code”), the International Standards and List of Prohibited Substances and Prohibited Methods (the “Prohibited List”) as issued by the World Anti‐Doping Agency (“WADA”), and all other rules, policies, and/or procedures adopted by World's Toughest Mudder.
  2. Each athlete acknowledges that the WADA Code and WADA’s Prohibited List may be amended from time to time and at any time by WADA without notice to athlete other than, as the case may be, posting such amendments on WADA’s website.
  3. Each athlete is personally responsible for knowing what constitutes a violation of the Anti‐Doping Rules (including, without limitation, all substances and methods that have been included on the Prohibited List). Certain medications, common beverages, supplements and other “over‐the‐counter” or otherwise legal products may contain banned substances.
  4. Each athlete is fully responsible for knowing what substances are banned in accordance with the Prohibited List and for monitoring his/her own compliance with the Anti‐Doping Rules;
  5. If World's Toughest Mudder suspects any athlete of being in violation of any of these terms, Tough Mudder reserves the right to investigate and disqualify at Tough Mudder’s discretion.

Section 3.03        ATHLETE ELIGIBILITY

Each Athlete must:

  1. Be at least 16 years old by the day of the event
  2. Not commit fraud by registering for World's Toughest Mudder under an assumed name or age, falsifying, an affidavit or giving false information or they will be disqualified;
  3. Attest that they have consulted with a physician prior to competing World's Toughest Mudder;
  4. Registered prior to race start;
  5. Sign a World's Toughest Mudder Participant waiver before the start of World's Toughest Mudder;
  6. Attest that they have a high level of swim experience and swim ability prior to competing in World's Toughest Mudder;
  7. High level of swim ability is determined by ability to swim a minimum of 100 meters, without assistance

Article IV. RACE PROCEDURE

Section 4.01 RACE PROCEDURE

  1. World’s Toughest Mudder athletes will have 24 hours to complete as many laps of the course as possible;
  1. All athletes will be given an additional 90 minutes, following the 24 hr. period, to complete their last active lap
  2. At 1:30:00 PM Sunday, all Athletes will be removed from course and the race will officially end;
  3. Athletes on an active lap at this time, but unable to finish prior to 1:30:00 PM on Sunday will be brought in by Tough Mudder Race Officials at course close;
  4. Athletes will not be disqualified if still on course at 1:30:00 PM on Sunday, and are still eligible to be a 24-hour finisher;
  5. Only the last full lap completed before 1:30:00 PM on Sunday will count towards the official race record
  1. The hours of competition will begin 12:00:00 PM, Saturday and end 01:30:00 PM, Sunday;
  1. The official event start will take place at 12:00:00 PM Saturday, November 10
  2. No competitors will be allowed to begin a new lap after 12:00:00 PM Sunday, at which point the start line will be closed
  3. The finish line will close at exactly 1:30:00 PM Sunday, after which time no official results will be recorded
  1. The winners of World’s Toughest Mudder will be the Male, Female, and Team Relay who complete the most complete laps in the 25hr30m time period;
  2. Each completed lap by an athlete will count as five (5) Official Miles towards their overall mileage count.  Mileage completed as part of an obstacle penalty will not count towards mileage.
  3. If one or more Athletes completes the same number of laps in the 25hr30m time period, the Athlete who completed the last “full” lap first will be awarded the higher place, regardless of who is ahead on the last lap;
  1. Example: Participant A completes Lap 8 at 11:15 AM Sunday, and Participant B completes Lap 8 at 11:20 AM Sunday. If at 1:30 PM Sunday, neither Participant has completed Lap 9, but Participant B is ahead on that lap. Participant A will be placed higher than B
  1. An Athlete will be judged as finished the moment any part of his/her torso crosses a vertical line extending from the leading edge of the finish line;

Section 4.02        DISQUALIFICATION

  1. If an athlete is disqualified for any reason at any time, their timing chip will no longer be active and they will not be eligible to win a top prize at World's Toughest Mudder. To avoid disqualification Athletes and Teams must abide by the following requirements:
  1. All athletes must wear a bib and timing chip at all times;
  2. All athletes must complete every lap and every open obstacle (or associated penalty) in its entirety;
  3. If pursuing an active lap, Athletes must stay on the marked course at all times;
  4. Athletes must maintain the prescribed course direction at all times
  1. If transitioning or resting in the Pit between laps, Athletes must stay within the boundaries of the defined Pit area at all times;
  2. Any Athlete found to be outside of the marked course or Pit boundary will be disqualified;
  3. It is the sole responsibility of each Athlete to know and follow the prescribed course route, obstacle sequencing, and Pit boundaries;
  4. Any Athlete receiving on-course assistance from a non-registered athlete will be immediately disqualified;
  1. Registered Athletes may provide assistance to each other on course
  1. All Athletes must complete every obstacle in its entirety;
  1. If an Athlete is unable complete an obstacle which has not been designated as a “must complete” obstacle, a penalty option will be available
  2. If an Athlete does not complete the associated penalty, they will be disqualified;
  3. If there is no penalty option and the Athlete is unable to complete the obstacle, then they will be disqualified;
  1. If an Athlete is disqualified, they must immediately remove and turn in their timing chip
  2. If an Athlete is disqualified, they may continue to complete laps (except for Medical Disqualifications), but will not be eligible for a 24 hour headband or other awards.

Section 4.03        EXPULSION

Tough Mudder reserves the right to immediately remove from site Athletes, spectators, and Pit Crew who demonstrate unsportsmanlike, dangerous, or offensive conduct.

Section 4.04        SWIM CONDUCT

  1. Athletes must complete every marked swim section and/or swim penalty in its entirety;
  2. Athletes may use a wetsuit at any time during the race;
  3. Athletes cannot use additional equipment to gain advantage in swim sections
  1. Including, but not limited to: rafts, swim fins, large inflatables
  2. Athletes are allowed to carry select equipment during swim sections, including: Backpacks, gear packs, life vests, water wings
  3. All equipment used must be carried in and out by the athlete,.  Items cannot be stored or left at water crossings or on course.  Any athlete doing so will be disqualified.
  1. Athletes cannot gain advantage through medical or water safety assistance;
  2. Athletes who require in-water assistance, rescue, or swim support that facilitates forward progress, will be disqualified and may be asked to end their race;
  3. The World's Toughest Mudder Medical Director and Water Safety reserve the right to disqualify and expel any Athlete deemed unsuitable to be in the water.

Section 3.05        TIMING

  1. Athletes must wear a timing chip at all times during the race
  2. It is the sole responsibility of each athlete to ensure timing chip is secure and worn at all times
  3. It is the sole responsibility of each athlete to notify a race official if a timing chip is lost or malfunctions at any time.
  4. Failure to do so will result in disqualification

Section 3.06        RACE FINISH

In order to be eligible for a top prize and/or receive the official 24-hour Black Headband, every athlete must complete a “Finisher Lap” at the end of the 24 hour period.  The criteria for the Finisher Lap are:

  1. Every athlete must finish their final lap between 8:00:00 AM and 1:30:00 PM, Sunday, November 11th or otherwise be in pursuit of that lap;
  2. Athletes must start their last lap before 12:00:00 PM.  After that time the start chute will officially close and no new laps will be permitted;
  3. Athletes who do not complete and active lap (or who are not in active pursuit of a lap) after 8:00:00: AM Sunday will not be eligible for a top prize or the 24-hour Black Headband;
  4. Athletes on an active lap, but unable to finish prior to 1:30:00 PM remain eligible for top prizes and the 24-hour Black Headband, without penalty;
  5. Only the last full lap completed will count towards the official race record

Article V.        EQUIPMENT

Participants are allowed to bring any and all necessary supplies necessary to support an overnight endurance and running event. World's Toughest Mudder officials have the right to remove dangerous or illegal objects for any reason at any time. The following is a list of illegal supplies and equipment at World's Toughest Mudder

Section 5.01        ILLEGAL EQUIPMENT 

  1. Additional equipment not listed is subject to Race Official review;
  2. Items deemed unfair or hazardous may be confiscated or requested that they be removed from course/pit during the race;
  3. Official World's Toughest Mudder race bib must be worn and visible at all times during race;
  4. Tough Mudder officials reserve the right to request that participants remove any clothing or race gear containing unofficial graphics, logos, or brand names;
  5. Failure to comply with a Race Officials request may result in disqualification or expulsion
  6. Items not allowed include, but not limited to:

Generators

Gas powered Heaters / Warmers

Gasoline / Fuel

Swim Fins / Rafts

Weapons / Firearms

Performance Enhancing Drugs

Illicit / Illegal drugs

Pets / Animals

Cleats

Section 5.02        LEGAL EQUIPMENT

  1. Items allowed include, but not limited to:

Running / Trail shoes

Wetsuits / Life Jacket

Camera / GPS / Headlamp / Flasher

Backpack / water pack / gear pack

Cooler / food / water / supplies

Tents & basic camp equipment

Basic running clothing

Hats / Scarfs / Bandanas / Gloves

Face mask / goggles

Article VI. PIT CREW

Participants are allowed the assistance of a selected “Pit Crew” to support them during competition. The “Pit Crew” will not be provided by Tough Mudder, and will only be arranged by the Athletes themselves

Pit Crew Rules:

  1. 4 Pit Crew allowed per athlete
  2. Pit Crew is allowed access to the Pit with unlimited ins/outs as needed
  3. Pit Crew must be registered to an Athlete at event registration; only registered Pit Crew will be permitted to enter the Pit area
  4. Any Pit Crew under the age of 12 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times, and will be counted as 1 of 2 eligible Pit Crew members allowed per participant
  5. Pit Crew must wear official Pit Crew wristband at all times to designate their official status to race officials.
  6. The following “Pit Crew” support is allowed
  1. Accessing equipment and supplies in the Athlete’s assigned Pit space
  2. Updating Athlete on position of rivals;
  3. Provision of food. Pit Crew will have access to microwaves or they may bring cooked food from elsewhere;
  4. Assistance changing clothing/equipment
  1. The following “Pit Crew” conduct is strictly prohibited and will result in a disqualification of the associated Athlete:
  1. Interfering or harassing other Athletes
  2. Pacing of the Athlete on the course;
  3. Providing Athletes on course with food or water;
  4. Swapping timing chip or official Pit Crew credentials

Article VII. NIGHTTIME RULES

Official nighttime rules are between 6:00:00 PM, Saturday, and 6:00:00 AM, Sunday. During this time the following course changes will be observed:

  1. All on course Athletes must wear a safety strobe flasher and head lamp
  2. It is the sole responsibility of the Athlete to ensure they have a safety strobe flasher at all times while on course during nighttime rules
  3. If an Athlete loses, breaks, or does not have a safety strobe flasher they must remain in the Pit during nighttime rules

Article VIII. MEDICAL RULES

Race Officials and Medical Officials may require any Athlete to submit to a medical check at any time throughout the race. If an Athlete is determined to be unfit to continue in competition, the Athlete will be removed from the race. The medical official’s decision is final and not subject to appeal. Additionally:

  1. Athletes requiring more than 30 minutes of medical treatment either on the course or in the medical tent will be automatically disqualified
  2. Athletes requiring medical transport from the course to the medical tent will automatically be disqualified
  3. Athletes may receive medical treatment on course, but cannot be transported or may not receive more than 30 minutes of treatment

Article IX.    FIRST HOUR

The first lap of World's Toughest Mudder will begin immediately following the start of the race at 12:00:00 PM and the following conditions will be observed:

  1. Obstacles will open on a rolling basis throughout the first several hours of the event;
  2. Athletes will be expected to follow course marking and direction from obstacle staff;
  3. Obstacles will be opened at the discretion of TMHQ staff and the Race Director;
  4. The Sprint Lap award will be awarded to the athletes in the Male and Female Individual category who complete the fastest first lap:
  1. The Sprint Lap will be the fastest first lap of competition officially starting at 12:00:00 PM;
  2. The winner will be first athletes in each category to cross final timing mat after 12:00:00 PM;
  3. Participant Awards Categories: Fastest Male, Fastest Female.

Article X.  TEAM RELAY

The following rules pertain to Athletes registered in the Team Relay competition only.

Section 10.01 ELIGIBILITY

  1. Teams must have registered in the Team Relay category and received approval from TMHQ Race Director prior to the start of the event.
  2. Teams must be a comprised of 4 athletes
  3. All athletes registered to a team must complete the first -and- last lap of the race together, as a full team;
  4. If any member of a team is disqualified from the competition due to cheating or rules infraction, the entire team is subject to disqualification;

Section 10.02 RACE PROCEDURE

  1. All team members must complete the first and last lap of the event together as a team;
  2. All other laps must be completed (with exception to the first and last lap) with a minimum of 2 members of the team, for an official lap to count
  3. Teams may complete laps with 2, 3, or 4 team members, as desired
  4. If desired, team members not on an active lap carrying the team timing chip may run individual lap(s) to gain individual miles, but only the team timing chip will count towards the final Team Relay mileage
  5. Team members on active laps with the team timing chip must cross each timing mat within 60 seconds of each other
  6. All relay laps completed between the first and last lap of the event can be completed by any combination of team members.  For example:
  1. Athlete 1 runs three laps in a row, each with a different teammate;
  2. Athlete 1 & Athlete 2 run one lap together, Athlete 3 & Athlete 4 run one lap together, repeat;
  3. Athlete 1 & Athlete 2 run three laps together, Athlete 3 & Athlete 4 run three laps together, repeat;

  1. Each team athlete will have an individual timing chip and will be eligible for individual mileage rewards, including mileage patches and bibs. Only miles run by the individual athlete, not that of the the team, will count towards individual mileage awards;
  2. Each team will be given an additional timing chip.  The chip must be carried at all times by team members on an active lap.  Only miles registered by the team relay timing chip will count towards official team mileage.

Section 10.03 DISQUALIFICATION

All general rules from section 4.02 above apply.  In addition:

  1. Any team wishing to disband at any time during the race and continue on as individuals must do so while all team members are in the Pit and while not in pursuit of an active lap;
  2. If at any time, team members are disqualified due to a rules infraction or medical disqualification while on course in pursuit of an active lap, all team members are subject to disqualification;