10,000 in Snowmass Village for Tough Mudder event

Jill Beathard
Snowmass Sun

Tough Mudder, billed as the “toughest event on the planet,” is coming to Snowmass Village on Sept. 6 and 7.

The obstacle course — which is not a race, because it’s not a competition — is meant to test athletes in every way, according to its website. Obstacles include running through a field of live wires and jumping into a deep pit of water.

The course for the Colorado event, which will be more than 10 miles long, is using several Snowmass roads, easements and trails, according to a statement from the town. With about 10,000 participants signed up for the weekend and additional friends and family members spectating, Tough Mudder will be the village’s largest event of the summer.

“It should be a very busy weekend for everyone working in Snowmass,” said Fred Brodsky, interim director of Snowmass Tourism and group sales director.

From 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sept. 6 and 7 a.m. to noon on Sept. 7, the following roads and parking lots will be impacted:

Only local and bus traffic will be allowed on lower Carriage Way (from Burlingame Lane to Wood Road). Drivers can access the Upper Village by a detour.

Traffic delays at the intersections of Lower Faraway and Brush Creek roads and Owl Creek Road and Two Creeks Drive.

One-way traffic with flaggers on Meadow Ranch, Gambel Way, Burnt Mountain Circle and Upper Faraway Road.

Parking in the village will be extremely limited or unavailable during the event.

The following trails are part of the Tough Mudder Course and will be closed to the public during the same time frame:

Brush Creek Trail (from Creekside to Owl Creek)

Owl Creek Trail (to Two Creeks)

Wood Bridge Pedestrian Trail (a pedestrian detour will be in effect)

Ridge section of Tom Blake Trail

Vista Trail

Stark’s Powerline Trail

Village Bound

To watch the event on the ski hill or at the base of the mountain, spectators must pay a fee and register online at Viewing from other locations on the course is free, but spectators should be sure to stay safely out of participants’ way.