Long Island to Welcome Tough Mudder Back In July 2016

December 1, 2015

Contact: Kristen Matejka
Director of Marketing and
631 951-3900 xt.317

BROOKLYN, NY -(December 1, 2015) – Today, Tough Mudder, the premier 10-12 obstacle course challenge designed to test physical & mental strength, stamina and teamwork, announces its second return to Old Bethpage, NY with two events on the weekend of July 23. The Sunday event, Tough Mudder Half will debut for the first time in New York with a five-mile course and at least a dozen signature Tough Mudder obstacles. The shorter format event will not include more daunting obstacles with Fire, Ice and Electricity the full Tough Mudder event is known for, instead focusing on obstacles that require teamwork and less training.

Old Bethpage Restoration Village will once again play host to Tough Mudder & Tough Mudder Half Long Island; Tough Mudder remains dedicated to the preservation of this historic site, and is committed to returning the venue back to its original state following the event. Nearly 8,000 participants took part in last year’s event, providing an overwhelmingly positive economic impact on the region. Last year’s event generated an estimated $2.5 million economic benefit to the community, and local businesses have expressed positive sentiments towards having Tough Mudder return in 2016.

Tough Mudder Long Island:
• 2015 Recap: For a recap of 2015 highlights, check out this video: Tough Mudder Long Island 2015.
• Location: Tough Mudder Long Island and Tough Mudder Half Long Island take place at Old Bethpage Restoration Village, less than an hour from New York City on July 23 & 24, 2016.
• Obstacles: Each Tough Mudder Half course will include signature Tough Mudder obstacles. There will be no obstacles with ice, fire or electricity, at TM Half but participants can expect plenty of thrills while tackling Tough Mudder favorites including Walk the Plank, a leap from a 12-foot platform into water; Kiss of Mud, a crawl underneath barbed wire; and Everest, a run up a quarter-pipe requiring both speed and teamwork.
• Finish Experience: All Tough Mudder and Tough Mudder Half participants will receive a custom performance finisher t-shirt, as well as a finisher headband and an ice cold Shock Top beer.

“We are incredibly excited to return to Old Bethpage in 2016 and bring the Tough Mudder and Tough Mudder Half experience to thousands of new and returning Mudders,” said Will Dean, CEO and Founder of Tough Mudder. “Our partnership with Nassau County and the community of Old Bethpage was key to the success of last year’s event, and we look forward to building on that success once again, and providing a positive economic impact on the community as participants travel near and far for the event.”

“Long Island is thrilled to welcome back Tough Mudder and the new Tough Mudder Half in 2016,” said Jennifer Rothman, Sports Sales Manager for the Long Island Convention & Visitors Bureau and Sports Commission. “This event not only brings national attention to our destination, but also supports economic development efforts with a $2.5 million economic impact that supports jobs and generates tax revenues.”

Tough Mudder events have wide appeal—participants (“Mudders”) range from veterans to business executives, mothers & daughters, pageant queens to 81-year-old grandfathers. More than 95% of Mudders sign up as part of a team. And for many, Tough Mudder is more than just a weekend event—it’s a lifestyle. 5,000+ Mudders have the Tough Mudder logo permanently tattooed on their bodies.

Registrations are now open for Tough Mudder Long Island and Tough Mudder Half Long Island; spectator tickets are also available. For those looking for a discounted registration price, volunteer opportunities are also available. To view the current schedule of events visit

About Tough Mudder:
Founded in 2010 with the launch of the Tough Mudder event series of 10-12 mile military-style obstacle courses, Tough Mudder Inc. has since grown to include Tough Mudder Half, an obstacle challenge bringing the thrills of Tough Mudder to a 5-mile course; Mudderella, an obstacle course series created by women for women; Fruit Shoot Mini Mudder, a custom event for children ages 7-12; Tough Mudder Half, a 5-mile obstacle course challenge, featuring all the thrills of a full Tough Mudder event & signature Tough Mudder obstacles in half the distance; and World’s Toughest Mudder, a grueling 24-hour endurance competition. The Tough Mudder family of brands is united by a commitment to promoting courage, personal accomplishment and teamwork through unconventional, life-changing experiences. With more than 2 million participants to date, Tough Mudder Inc. will put on more than 60 events worldwide in 2016. To learn more about Tough Mudder, visit

Carol Gottshall, Communications Manager, Tough Mudder

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