Spartan Officially Acquires Tough Mudder UK

Tough Mudder City Event

As has been reported in recent weeks, Spartan has been acquiring the UK properties of Tough Mudder. Today it became official and all events scheduled for 2020 will occur as planned. This includes a Tough Mudder City event taking place on April 17-18, and Europes’ Toughest Mudder, which is 12 hour overnight event on June 13, 2020.

There will be no changes to anything about the outward appearance of Tough Mudder as “OCR UK Holdings Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of Spartan” puts on events this year. The company will be led by Giles Chater with additional guidance by Kyle McLaughlin.

We’ve reached out to Giles, who is back in the lead role since the company came out of bankruptcy in the U.K. He told us:

It’s been a pleasure working with the Spartan team and we’re excited to join their brand family. I couldn’t be prouder of our talented team, partners and community who’ve supported us throughout. We can now focus on delivering the Tough Mudder experience our customers have come to love.

The United States legal process is moving slower, but the next court date has been set for Feb 25, 2020 at 1:00pm EST.

Read more about the latest on the US process here.

Stay up to date with all of the Tough Mudder news, and how we got to this point here.

LONDON (February 12, 2020) – Extreme wellness and endurance brand Spartan has acquired the business and assets of OCR brand Tough Mudder UK, which had entered administration in the UK at the end of January with Michael Solomons and Andrew Pear of BM Advisory LLP appointed as Joint Administrators. Tough Mudder UK employees are back to work and planning for the 2020 Tough Mudder season, which kicks off April 17 in Finsbury Park, North London.

“We’re proud to welcome Tough Mudder UK to the Spartan brand umbrella,” said Spartan Founder and CEO Joe De Sena. “The company’s dedicated team has built an incredible, passionate community and we’re excited to support their efforts to continue to transform lives.”

As part of the terms of the deal, the Tough Mudder UK business will operate as OCR UK Holdings Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of Spartan. The company will be operated by the existing Tough Mudder UK London-based team, led by Managing Director Giles Chater with the guidance of former global Tough Mudder CEO Kyle McLaughlin. Between the two brands, Spartan will host 17 events in the UK and Ireland in 2020, drawing more than 250,000 participants. Tough Mudder Germany will continue to operate under the terms of a management agreement with Spartan.

“Spartan’s dedication to wellness, endurance sports, transformation and community is exactly what we need to deliver our vision and we could not be happier to join their family of brands,” said Chater. “We’ve been impressed with strong sales in Europe over the past couple of weeks and know that our community will share our excitement with this news heading into the 2020 Tough Mudder season.”

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Spartan is still actively engaged in discussions with the Trustee managing Tough Mudder US through its Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings and have reached a deal that is now subject to court approval. Spartan is in active discussions to engage some  former Tough Mudder US employees, with an aim to stand up as many US events as possible after the sale of the Tough Mudder US assets in its Chapter 11 case, which could be completed within the month.

About Spartan

With more than 250 events across more than 40 countries on six continents, Spartan is the world’s largest obstacle course race (OCR) and endurance brand. Providing transformation through sport, Spartan attracts more than one million annual participants across all fitness levels, from beginners to elite. More than five million participants have finished Spartan events, creating a lifestyle that extends beyond races including health and wellness products, training and nutrition programs, and popular media content, which has made OCR one of the fastest growing sports in the world. Spartan events feature races at various distances, Stadion and Sprint: 5k and 20 Obstacles; Super: 10k and 25 Obstacles; Beast: half marathon and 30 Obstacles; and Ultra: 50k and 60 obstacles. Visit for more information and registration.

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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