Athletes will take on a military-style course this weekend in Mesa to test their physical – and mental – ability.
For the second year, Mesa’s Eastmark will host Tough Mudder, a 10-12 mile obstacle course designed by British Special Forces, “to test participants’ all-around strength, stamina, mental grit and camaraderie.”
Eastmark is a 3,200-acre community being developed by DMB Associates in East Mesa on the former GM Proving grounds.
Tough Mudder competition begins 8 a.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. Sunday. It includes 20 to 25 military-style obstacles such as “Funky Monkey,” a trek across greased-up monkey bars; “Fire Walker,” a run through 4-foot-high flames; and “Electroshock Therapy,” a gauntlet of 10,000-volt-charged dangling wires.
More than 500,000 people worldwide have competed in Tough Mudder competitions. Proceeds raised benefit the Wounded Warrior Project.
More than 7,500 participants are expected to go through the race in Mesa this weekend, with 4,000 spectators watching.
Eastmark has committed to a five-year agreement with Tough Mudder to annually, and potentially bi-annually, host the endurance events on site. Eastmark’s first neighborhoods will debut this spring.