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Sunday River Resort Readies for Saturday’s Annual Tough Mountain Challenge Event

3,500 pre-registered racers will face 16 obstacles spread across 4 miles of resort’s toughest terrain.

July 19, 2016

NEWRY, MAINE (July 18, 2016)—The moment of truth for 3,500 pre-registered competitors will be realized after crossing the finish line at Sunday River Resort's annual Tough Mountain Challenge, which kicks off this Saturday at 8AM.

"Did I train hard enough?"

The Tough Mountain Challenge is Sunday River's largest summer event, and is a 4-mile alpine obstacle trail race. This year's course includes past favorites:

Hurricane Valley - a field of high-powered snowguns set to spray runners from the start.
Bust N' Burn - rolling hills of mud and water in a design similar to wartime trenches.
Barker Pond Hop - a slippery-when-wet lily pad-like crossing over the resort's Barker Pond.
Slip, Slide & Die - an adult-like take on a classic childhood past time. On Saturday, 3,500 pre-registered competitors will divide into heats of 125 people leaving every 15 minutes from 8AM until 3PM. Sunday River's annual Mini Mountain Challenge will take place the following day, on Sunday, July 24, and is open to 300 kids ages 4-12. Registration for the Mini Mountain Challenge is still open.

Free for spectators to watch, the Tough Mountain Challenge's start and finish areas are located in the South Ridge base area. Spectators are encouraged to watch anywhere along the sides of the course, with the three best obstacle viewing options being the South Ridge base area, North Peak Lodge, and the Barker Mountain base area.

An event festival will also take place throughout the day for competitors, their support teams, and spectators, and will include a barbeque and beer tent, as well as kids' games. Tickets for Scenic Lift Rides, the Bungee Trampoline, and Climbing Wall will be available to purchase out of the South Ridge Lodge Welcome Center and Sunday River Sports. Activities closed due to the Tough Mountain Challenge event include the Bike Park and Mountain Bike School, Zipline Tours, and Disc Golf.

Download or view video from last year's event:

For more information including media course access, please contact Darcy Lambert at 207-332-1107 or ###