Ladies first with Mudderella in Snowmass today |

Ladies first with Mudderella in Snowmass today

Jill Beathard | The Aspen Times
Mudderella, the obstacle course challenge designed for women, by women, will head to Snowmass Village on Aug. 22.
Mudderella/Courtesy photo |


7:45 a.m. Saturday

Snowmass ski area

Event day registration is $140

Tough Mudder returns to Snowmass with not one but two events this summer, and it’s ladies first when Mudderella hits the slopes today.

Similar to the original Tough Mudder event, Mudderella is an obstacle course challenge testing participants’ endurance, willpower and strength. But the course caters to the strengths and passions of female athletes — for instance, you won’t find the ice, fire or electric shocks that you would at Tough Mudder.

“Mudderella brings together women from all walks of life who are looking to take part in an event designed with them in mind,” said event director Courtney Jordan. “People come to Mudderella to own their strength and overcome obstacles while completing a true athletic challenge. The Mudderella community is empowering and strong; it’s about finding your inner strength and having a great time.”

The Snowmass course will be 5 miles of 11 obstacles, according to the Mudderella website. The first wave of participants will start at 7:45 a.m. Mudderella Colorado is expected to have 3,000 participants, most of whom will be competing with a team of girlfriends.

“Ninety-five percent of participants sign up as part of a team, but even the ones that don’t will have plenty of people to give them a hand or cheer them on throughout the day,” Jordan said. “We’ll have a designated spectator route along the course that’s marked with signage ​and a map that outlines the route as well, so people can get close to the action and cheer on their teams.”

Mudderella events are not timed. Similar to Tough Mudder events, teamwork is essential to completing the course. Men are encouraged to join teams in support of their wives, daughters, sisters, mothers, friends and coworkers, or to come out as spectators, according to a statement.

“The post-event party will be (today) at Base Camp Bar & Grill​ in Snowmass Village​,” Jordan said. “There will be Shock Top beer and food specials for anyone who rocks their purple finisher headband.”

For the first time this year, Mudderella also will have Fruit Shoot Mini Mudder, a 1-mile obstacle course created just for children ages 7 to 12, according to a statement. Fruit Shoot Mini Mudder gives children the chance to work together as a team, get muddy and experience the thrill of adventure.

Mudderella is partnering with Futures Without Violence, a national nonprofit making strides toward preventing and ending domestic violence. Participates can raise funds for the nonprofit and also stop by the Futures Without Violence tent to add their stories to the “Strong Wall” and make signs for their team, according to the Mudderella website.