2018 Tough Mudder Competitive Series Updates

There have been some changes in qualifying for various events in the Tough Mudder Competitive Series. In addition, there have been some cash and prize payout changes for some series.

Let’s break it down as easily as as we can.


Here are the new WTM contender qualifications.

30 miles for men and 25 for women at any 2018 Toughest Event.

75 miles or better for any man or woman from 2017 WTM.

Legionnaires (men or women) who has completed 50 or more Tough Mudders.

WTM Elite Contender qualifications: (Can earn prize money at WTM)

Past WTM Winner or Top 5 from any of the 2018 Toughest Events.

Payouts for Top 5 podium spots for men and women:

  • $5,000 plus case of Celsius Heat
  • $2,000 plus case of Celsius Heat
  • $1,000 plus case of Celsius Heat
  • $500
  • $250


No cash prizes for most miles. The prize money was shifted to Tougher and Tough Mudder X prizing.

You will earn “Awesome giant trophy + bragging rights + TBD sponsor prizing and 2019 event entries”


Payout for men and women for top 3 at all of the “Regular/Non-Regional” Tougher Mudders.

  • $500
  • $250
  • $100

Here are the Regional Tougher Mudders:

  • Tougher Mudder North America East Championships – Philadelphia – May 19, 2018
  • Tougher Mudder North America West Championships – Whistler – June 16, 2018
  • Tougher Mudder European Championships – London North – July 7, 2018
  • Tougher Mudder North America Central Championships – Chicago – August 25, 2018

Podium Payout for Top 3 men and women.

  • $2,500
  • $1,000
  • $500

Tougher Mudder World Championships – Seattle – September 22, 2018

Podium Payout for Top 3 men and women.

  • $10,00
  • $2,500
  • $1,000

*Qualify for the championship in Seattle by:

a) Placing top 25 in gender at any of the 4 Regional events.

b) Fill out this special application if you can’t attend any of those 4 events.


World Championship: Richmond, Virginia June 8, 2018 (later televised on CBS)

Now pays 10 deep to both genders!

  • $25,000
  • $4,000
  • $1,500
  • $1,000
  • $750
  • $500
  • $400
  • $300
  • $200
  • $100

Must have already qualified as top 10 male and female finishers from the Open events in Sacramento from 3/25 or Miami 4/8. If you missed these events and believe you earned special dispensation otherwise, please email athleterelations@toughmudder.com.


At this time, there are no additional updates about 2018 World’s Toughest Mudder prizes, categories, or payouts. It is also unclear what the distinction of being a contender is for WTM. Last year, it was early pit space, etc. We assume as much this year, but hasn’t been laid out in writing.

Here’s the most recent updated article by Tough Mudder HQ.

Matt B. Davis

is the host of the Obstacle Racing Media Podcast and the author of "Down and Dirty-The Essential Training Guide for Obstacle Races and Mud Runs". He is also the only (known) #wafflehouseelite obstacle racer.
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