Vail Resorts – For Immediate Release
Beaver Creek, Colo. June 17, 2011 –Beaver Creek is known for having one of the toughest downhill race courses in the world during the winter. On June 25-26, more than 10,000 competitive spirits will descend on the resort to participate in one of the “toughest events on the planet”, Tough Mudder. Combining the resort’s mountain lifestyle complete with top notch guest service, a championship golf course, three rejuvenating spas rated among Condé Nast Traveler’s Top 100 Spas and a plethora of gourmet and casual culinary options for refueling, there’s no better place to test one’s true grit and push mental and physical limits, among a bonded group of like-minded souls.
“Hosting Tough Mudder at Beaver Creek provides the perfect opportunity to use the natural terrain offered on the mountain as a backdrop for an all-out blood, sweat and tears challenge combined with a village that pampers and rewards all who visit with its intimacy, friendliness, guest service and laid-back feel,” said Tim Baker, executive director, Beaver Creek Resort Company. “We’re excited to welcome the more than 10,000 participants who will give it their all and then relax and soak in the true spirit of camaraderie and summertime in the mountains.”
The Beaver Creek Tough Mudder event features a nine-mile obstacle course designed by British Special Forces complete with 26 challenges set across the lower portion of the mountain that test all around strength, stamina, mental grit and camaraderie. In total, participants are expected to tackle 4,200 feet in elevation changes in two-and-a-half hours and with staggered start times throughout each day. Watch all the excitement and cheer participants on as they encounter hills, snow, mud, water, ropes, fire and 10,000 volts of electricity set among obstacles with names such as Boa Constrictor, Kiss of Mud, the Gauntlet, Funky Monkey and more.
For those opting to cheer on the challengers, the Buckaroo Express Gondola will be open June 25-26 from a 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day providing complimentary rides and transporting spectators to prime event viewing at The Ranch. A variety of obstacles will be located in and around the area accessed by the gondola and spectators can refuel at the Chuckwagon, which will serve food and refreshments at The Ranch all weekend long.
A dedicated spectator shuttle also will be operating from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday transporting friends and family from the Covered Bridge in the Village to Red Tail Camp. Beaver Creek offers complimentary parking in the Elk, Bear and Wolf Lots and shuttles will run daily beginning at 7 a.m. from the parking lots to the Village. The Avon shuttle will have various pick up points in the town of Avon and then drop guests off in Beaver Creek Village both days.
The Centennial Express Lift (#6) also will operate as usual from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for some fun in between event viewing and Spruce Saddle Restaurant’s delicious barbeque fare will be available from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. A lift ticket or pass is still required to ride the Centennial Express Lift.
For more information about Tough Mudder and the summer’s event lineup visit www.beavercreek.com.