Carmen Kearney-Millan, chief financial officer for Diablo Grande’s parent company, World International, recently announced that the extreme fitness challenge that brought more than 20,000 athletes and attendees to the developing community near Patterson a year ago, will return next spring for a second time.
“We are proud to once again host this important event and be able to share a part of the beautiful 30,000 acres of land that is Diablo Grande,” Kearney-Millan said. “We hope to see people from all areas find our residential and resort golf community a peaceful place to play and stay in the near future.”
Last year, more than 10,000 entrants from across the country swam through a vat of ice water, ran up a greasy half pipe and plowed through a field of electrified wires, as Diablo Grande’s Legends golf course and its neighboring slopes were transformed into a challenge, complete with 20 military-style obstacles based on British Special Forces exercises.
Both World International and Troon Golf Management are acting as hosts of the 10-to 12-mile obstacle course.
Local businesses benefit, too, according to Kearney-Millan.
Last year, several Patterson businesses were involved in providing materials and services for the event, she said. For instance, Yancey Lumber contributed lumber for the Mudder’s various obstacles.
Restaurants in the Villa Del Lago retail area near Interstate 5 were packed throughout the weekend of the event, and dozens of competitors made their way further into town.
Local hotels thrived over the weekend as well, with many spending the night in the West Side’s temporary dwelling places.
Advertised as “probably the toughest event on the planet,” the event aims to test the strength, stamina, mental fortitude and camaraderie of runners, who must sign a “death waiver” before they participate.
There is no prize money involved and contestants are not timed. The idea, organizers say, is not to win, but to make it through, often with help from fellow contestants.
The event raises money for the Wounded Warrior Project, a nonprofit that helps severely injured members of the armed services. To date, Tough Mudder has raised more than $6 million for the cause, according to the company’s website.
One-day participation costs $79 to $185, depending on time of registration. Spectators can buy advance tickets for $20 or pay $40 at the gate.
For information: toughmudder.com