Canadians Ryan Atkins and Lindsay Webster, for the second time in as many months, won a Toughest Mudder event.
The Greater Toronto Area obstacle course racing (OCR) couple competed near Atlanta on Sunday at the eight-hour event covering upwards of 50 miles. The race began at midnight and concluded at 8 a.m. EDT. Atkins made it to 50 miles (80K) while Webster made it to 45 miles (72K), beating out second-place by five miles (8K) in both instances.
Toughest Mudders are a category within Tough Mudder, a popular circuit of endurance obstacle course races.
Sunday’s event in Georgia is known as the south championship. The setup for each of the six Toughest Mudder events includes five-mile loops and an eight-hour time cut-off, though an additional 30 minutes is given for an athlete to complete their final active lap. To cap off the year, there is the World’s Toughest Mudder, a 24-hour race featuring the world’s top obstacle course racers.
Atkins and Webster won the Toughest Mudder west region on March 26-27 in the Los Angeles area. Both took home US$5,000 for the wins in the early hours of Sunday morning as a portion of the race is held in darkness.
B.C.’s Allison Tai added to the Canadian contingent on the podium on Sunday finishing second in the women’s race. She finished one lap behind Webster.
Toughest Mudder makes a stop in Whistler, B.C. on June 17.