Tough Mudder New England 2013. My third year returning to shoot Tough Mudder at Mount Snow, Vermont. And what a beautiful event it was. Friday’s humidity and thunderstorms gave way to a glorious, dry, sunny weekend. The TMHQ crew put together a great course – these ski mountain Tough Mudders are some of the hardest, for obvious, vertical reasons. But for me the weekend belonged to Noah Galloway, the Iraq war veteran and double amputee who tackled the course on his own on Saturday. I had photographed Noah at a previous event when he was part of a larger team. This time he was by himself, determined to overcome as many obstacles as possible without help. I caught him going over the 12′ Berlin Walls obstacle like it was nothing. Then he tackled Everest – and got up on the first attempt. That’s the photo on top, and I am so lucky to have had the chance to capture it.
I know it’s cheesy and obvious to write something like “This is what Tough Mudder is all about!”. But fuck it – this is what Tough Mudder, at its best, is all about. Getting over obstacles, whatever they may be, making no excuses… and also accepting a little bit of help when it matters. You should have heard the cheers.
Click through for some highlights from Tough Mudder Vermont, including some shots of Noah getting over Berlin Walls.