By Michael Angelo S. Murillo
A FRESH challenge to the sport and healthy lifestyle scene in the country is set to be unfurled later this month with the holding of the first-ever Tough Mudder Philippines.
Set for July 21-22 at Portofino Amore in Alabang, the event, which will also be the first to be held in Southeast Asia, is mounted to give participants challenging and obstacle-filled races that will bring out the best in them both as individuals and as groups.
Proactive Sports Management is bringing the event in the country after getting approval from Tough Mudder, Inc., something it said it is excited to see pan out well.
“This is the first time that Tough Mudder will be in the Philippines, and Tough Mudder is not just about being tough, it is also about teamwork and determination,” said Proactive Vice-President Justine Cordero.
Tough Mudder Legionnaire Chris James, who has joined 81 events in the past, provided a clear picture of what Tough Mudder is all about.
“It’s all about fun, it is like being a kid again. It is a fantastic thing to do, and there’s nothing else like it. You get to be human and have fun. It doesn’t matter how rich you are, how poor you are, or what your background is. Everyone just has a really good time, and that’s what it is all about. That’s why I keep on coming back. Helping people is a fantastic thing, by just being putting your hand out, someone else will pull you up, ” Mr. James said.
Adding, “Tough Mudder brings out something tribal and fantastic…it creates a community where people help each other out. And you don’t tend to see that out there in the real world sometimes.”
The event hub and start chute for Tough Mudder Philippines will be at Portofino Amore, Vista Land, located at Daang Hari Road, in Alabang. The course will take in parts of the recently enhanced bike trail along with the rolling hills and various varieties of mud in the adjacent farmland.
Tough Mudder course designers have set about creating a challenging, creative and muddy course, combining elements of the natural surroundings and land-shaping a few more.
Tough Mudder 5K Basic is priced at P1,700, and comes with an event singlet, race bib, finisher’s shirt and finisher’s headband. While the Tough Mudder Half-Basic is priced at P2,900 and comes with an event singlet, race bib, finisher’s shirt and finisher’s headband.
The Tough Mudder 5K-Premium is priced at P3,200, and comes with an event singlet, race bib, drybag (10L), towel, finisher’s shirt and finisher’s headband.
Finally, the Tough Mudder Half-Premium is priced at P4,400 and comes with an event singlet, race bib, drybag (10L), towel, finisher’s shirt and finisher’s headband.
For more information on the event, check out their Facebook page Tough Mudder Philippines.