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2014 Summer Press Kit - 3,500 Athletes to Compete in Resort's Tough Mountain Challenge

April 28, 2014

Press Release

Newry, Maine (Summer 2014) - On Saturday, July 26, 2014, 3,500 pre-registered racers will take to the snowless slopes of Sunday River to compete in the resort's fastest growing summer event-the aptly named Tough Mountain Challenge

Registration for this year's event is currently closed, having sold out in April, but course access will still be available for spectators and fans to watch the event free of charge. 

In addition to new obstacles, Sunday River has added more heats to adjust for the increase in racers registered. Last year's Tough Mountain Challenge was attended by 3,000 racers and nearly just as many spectators.  

Participants can run as individuals or as teams of up to four people. Awards will be issued to the top three finishers in three age categories: under 30, 30-39, and over 40. 

Teams can consist of four or more competitors and will be timed as the average of each team member's finish time, allowing members to run together or separately. Team awards will be given to each of the top three teams. 

Created in 2010, the Tough Mountain Challenge was designed to take some of Sunday River's most well-known mountain features and pin them against racers. What started as a race featuring 200 racers its first year has quickly exploded into an event that boasts 3,500 men and women.   

For this year's event, competitors can expect a course between three and four miles long with up to five new obstacles. The entire course will feature upwards of 15 obstacles and detailed descriptions of each will be announced early this summer on toughmountain.com and the event's Facebook page.

Favorite obstacles from last year's course being reconsidered for this year include: 

· Hurricane Alley: A sprint through a battering ram of Sunday River's most powerful snowguns spraying "summer snow."  
· WTF: A steep steep steep uphill scramble. 
· Barker Pond Crossing: A leap-of-faith pond-crossing designed with balance in mind.
· Slip, Slide, and Die: Definitely not the Slip 'N Slides of your youth.

The yearly shotgun beer station for racers ages 21 and older is considered a Tough Mountain Challenge staple. 

The Tough Mountain Challenge is open to ages 13 and older, but recommended for ages 18 and older. There is also a Mini Mountain Challenge for kids 12 and younger that takes place the same day. 

In addition to bragging rights, registrants take home a commemorative t-shirt and mug that they can use for a free drink at the finish or pass in favor of the on-mountain shotgun challenge. 

For more information on last year's course including pictures and video, visit toughmountain.com

Sunday River is located minutes from picturesque Bethel Village in Western Maine's Mahoosuc Mountains. A true four-season destination, the resort offers eight interconnected peaks of world class skiing and snowboarding, the most slopeside lodging in the east including two resort hotels, and in the summer months activities including lift-serviced mountain biking, ziplines, and golf at the acclaimed Sunday River Golf Club. Sunday River is a member of the Boyne Resorts family of resorts and attractions.
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