With the Canadian super duo of Ryan and Lindsay taking this one off, there were at least 2 podium spots open for the Toughest Mudder East, taking place near Boston this year. (The Atkins’ both competed at the Spartan Chicago earlier in the day).
Stair climber Shaun Stephens-Whale came in first, running 45 miles. This is first Toughest win, after coming in 2nd to Atkins at Toughest West in Chicago. He was followed by Ja Shua Reid, a newcomer to the Toughest Series, who also completed 45 miles. In 3rd place was Mark “Woodpile” Jones, making his first appearance on a Tough Mudder podium this year. Tyler McCreadie came in 4th, while Jason Harley aka Harley Armstrong, aka HoboTough# snagged 5th place.
On the women’s side Allison Tai continues her recent globe trotting dominance, running 40 miles to victory. In the last month she won two overnight races in Australia – The 8 hour Toughest Mudder, and the 24 hour OCRWC Enduro. Just last weekend, she came in 2nd to Lindsay Webster at the Tougher Mudder West Regional in Whistler Canada.
2nd place was Anne Champagne who ran 40 miles, garnering her first ever Toughest Podium. Third place went to Kelly Sullivan, (35 miles) who is having her best OCR year to date with several Spartan and other series podums. In 4th was Kera Pezzuti, who won BoneFrog’s endurance challenge in New York last weekend. Finally in 5th was Deanna Brasz, who has won several Tougher waves in 2017 and 2018.
The remaining two Toughest events leading up to World’s Toughest Mudder are Berlin, Germany on September 1st and the “West” event to take place Northern California on October 7th. (The previous event was scheduled for Los Angeles in Early March and cancelled due to extreme flooding).
*Cover photo by Jack Goras Photography