2021 World’s Toughest Mudder Preview

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After 2 surprisingly cold years in Atlanta, and no race in 2020 due to COVID, WTM will take place in Laughlin, Nevada next week.

This is a “return to the desert” as World’s Toughest Mudder was located at Lake Las Vegas in 2014-2017.

The prize money is back and so are many top athletes. Past champs Atkins and Rea will not be racing this year, but we are very excited to watch this year’s crop of 20 or so Elite Contenders will be battle it out for 6 podium spots.

Men’s Division

Hunter Holbrook

Toughest/World’s Toughest Mudder Experience – 75 miles in 2018 and 2019 WTM. 2021 1st place Toughest Poconos.

Goal/Thoughts – “The plan is to stay on course for the whole 24 hours and hopefully push for 90 or more miles and hopefully push the top guys a bit. I’m definitely an underdog but I’m excited to test myself against the best. I’m ready to suffer. Shout out to my sister, Sara Mosher, who is an elite on the women’s side. Don’t sleep on her.”

Trevor Cichosz

Worlds Toughest Mudder Trevor Cichosz

Toughest/World’s Toughest Mudder Experience – Besides Ryan Atkins, No one has more WTM podiums than Trevor. He has been 3rd twice, 2nd twice, and 1st twice.

Goal “100”. Thoughts “I hope I make it there”

Javier Escobar

Toughest/World’s Toughest Mudder Experience – A shining example of what working one’s ass for goals can accomplish. 4 previous WTMs. 600th in 2016. 65th in 2017. 8th in 2018. 3rd in 2019.

Goal/Thoughts – “105-110 Name of the game is consistency, really don’t want to blow up in the sprint lap with eagerness. Going to work together with Chris Johnson, Fiore, Deejay, and Jashua Reid as long as we can.”

Jashua Ried

Toughest/World’s Toughest Mudder Experience – 2018 5th place and 85 miles.

Goal/Thoughts – “Goal is 100+ miles and to run with Javier Escobar, Josh Fiore, and David Fox as long as possible. Stoked for the desert experience and to be among several potential 100 mile finishers. After the shoulder dislocation in Tahoe last month, I’m unsure if I’ll even get 20 miles, but I’ll try and trash talk to my best friends as much as possible up to that point.”

Vincent Barrientos

Toughest/World’s Toughest Mudder Experience – 2021 -2nd Seattle Toughest. 1st Chicago Toughest. (Also did 158 miles at Big’s Backyard this year).

Goal/Thoughts – “Mileage goal is 110. Race plan is 400-500 calories per hour, run the entire race, and don’t let my ambition to win get in the way of helping and supporting the other people out there giving it their all.”

Mark Batres

Toughest/World’s Toughest Mudder Experience – None.

Goal/Thoughts – “My goal is to get over 100 miles and learn more about 24hr racing. It’s my first time so be gentle.”

The rest of the Elite Contender fieldChristian Brown-Johnson, Ean Caskey, Joshua Fiore, Matthew Hanson, and Evan Perperis.

Notable Not Participating – Ryan Atkins, Austin Azar, and Kriz Mendoza.

Women’s Division

Amelia Boone

Toughest/World’s Toughest Mudder Experience – 2nd place in first ever event in 2011. 3 time winner 2012, 2014 and 2015.

Goal/Thoughts – “Mileage goal: 100 miles or crash and burn trying. Here for the orange jacket baby! (and friends and all that jazz)”

Hannah Carta

Toughest/World’s Toughest Mudder Experience – Won Chicago Toughest 2021.

Goal/Thoughts – “Main goal is 75 for WTM and to keep moving for 24. 80/85 is stretch goal. I really want to enjoy myself the whole time. The OCR community is so fun and welcoming and I’ve been thrown into it this season. To get the experience the glory of all that for 24 hours is what I’m most looking forward to and my main plan is to relish all of that!”

Erin Rost

Toughest/World’s Toughest Mudder Experience – 2nd place in 2018 and 2019.

Goals/Thoughts -“I don’t have podium goal because that’s never my goal going into these races. I know that’s annoying but it’s true 🤷🏼‍♀️ My goals truly are to: 1) Move the entire time 2) Finish after 12:00 3) Beat my mileage goal of 75 from previous years. Anything above and beyond that is great but I’ve been humbled enough by these races to know that those are solid goals that I am proud of. “

Kaitlyn Bykowicz

Toughest/World’s Toughest Mudder Experience – 2021 Won Seattle Toughest and 2nd at Poconos Toughest

Goals/Thoughts “75 mileage goal. I’ve notoriously had issues with this race but after 2019 I’ve spent 2 years training ultras and I’m just excited to see what is possible. I don’t have expectations competition wise, there are some strong women toeing the line, I just want to run my race and see where I end up. 😊”

Sara Korba

Toughest/World’s Toughest Mudder Experience – 1st place at 2021 Toughest Poconos.

Goals/Thoughts – “Going into the event, I have a minimum goal of 75 miles, but feel I have more to give if all goes well. I’m excited to finally have the opportunity to attend a WTM event. Our team (Newbsanity), including pit crew, has been prepping day and night for this event. Looking forward to seeing everyone out in the desert!”

Katie Knight

Toughest/World’s Toughest Mudder Experience – None. Just finished 3rd at Spartan Ultra World Champs in Telluride last month.

Goals/Thoughts – “Goal is however many miles it takes to win. Excited for my second 24hr race and all the snickers I will be eating. Goal is to run for 24hrs with a smile on my face.”

The rest of the Elite Contender fieldCorinne Kohlen, Sara Mosher, and Colleen Pond

Notable Not Participating – Rea Kolbl, Morgan McKay and Arielle Fitzgerald.

Prize Money Men and Women

1st Place $10,000

2nd Place $5,000

3rd place $2,500


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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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