Participants climb a muddy hill after crawling through the "Kiss of Mud 2.0" obstacle during the Tough Mudder obstacle course on Sept. 26, 2015.
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By Tessa Berenson
November 5, 2015

Tough Mudder races are notorious for their intensity, but the company is now unrolling an option for participants who want something a little less extreme.

According to a press release, in 2016 Tough Mudder will debut Tough Mudder Half, a 5-mile course with more than a dozen obstacles. The original Tough Mudder obstacle courses are 10 or more miles long.

“The development of Tough Mudder Half has been guided by our community from the start,” said Will Dean, CEO of Tough Mudder Inc. “From those yet to run their first Tough Mudder to multi-Mudders eager to bring new friends into the mud, participants and spectators have been asking for a shorter-distance format for years.”

The release gives some hints of what Half racers can expect: “There will be no obstacles including ice, fire, or electricity, but participants will experience plenty of thrills while tackling Tough Mudder favorites including Walk the Plank, a leap from a 12-foot platform into water; Kiss of Mud, a crawl underneath barbed wire; and Everest, a run up a quarter-pipe requiring both speed and teamwork,” it says.

Write to Tessa Berenson at tessa.berenson@timeinc.com.

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