Tough Mudder announced they would eliminate all cash prizes for all races. These races include TMX, Tougher Mudder, Toughest Mudder, and World’s Toughest Mudder.
Reaction among the Tough Mudder community was mixed. Some people reacted to the announcement by saying this was “The beginning of the end.” Other dismissed it as irrelevant because it was only applicable to the few people strong and fit enough to qualify for prize money. Ryan Vickery explained more than just the pros will be affected. “It also matters to people that enjoy following the pros. Many people would have never won a cent but there is something about being on course with Ryan Atkins while he reaches a new milestone” Ryan said.
Rea Kolbl said she would not be racing in World’s Toughest Mudder this year. Rea has won the race the past two years and is the only woman other than Amelia Boone to win it more than once. Rea had the opportunity to become the first woman to three-peat as WTM Champion. She will instead spend her race year focusing on the Spartan U.S. Series and the Skyrunning trail racing series.
Amelia Boone commented on a Facebook discussion thread. “Man, I really hope this isn’t the beginning of the end. Prize money wouldn’t sway me one way or another, but it’d be such a shame to see them disappear.”
To hear directly from Rea Kolbl on Tough Mudder’s decision to eliminate prize money for all race series in 2019, and a panel discussion between myself, Heather Bode, and Katelyn Ritter, listen to the latest episode of The OCR Report Podcast.