Article I. INTRODUCTION
Section 1.01 PURPOSE
To provide an official and consistent set of competition rules (“Competition Rules”) for Tough Mudder Infinity ("TMI") events and all programmed activities, ceremonies, and awards associated with Tough Mudder Infinity.
Section 1.02 INTENTION
Competition Rules are intended to:
- Facilitate fair play, equality, and sportsmanship;
- Support ingenuity and skill without unduly limiting athletes; and
- Penalize athletes who gain, or seek to gain, an unfair advantage
Section 1.03 RACE DEFINITIONS
- “Athlete” is a registered participant competing in Tough Mudder Infinity.
- “Race Director” is the person appointed by Tough Mudder to be in charge of race format and rule enforcement.
- “Medical Staff” are the persons appointed by Tough Mudder to be in charge of medical and safety operations during the event, in charge of health and wellness of all person/s onsite.
- “Race Official” are person/s appointed by Tough Mudder to enforce rules during the event.
- “Official Mileage” will be the cumulative total number of kilometers completed on officially marked 5km and 15km course paths as measured by the official timing system. Miles/kilometers measured by an athlete’s GPS tracker will not be taken into account to determine Official Miles.
Section 1.04 RACE CHANGES
Tough Mudder Reserves the Right to:
- Adjust or close the course and any of its obstacles during the race at any time
- Change, update, and determine obstacle operations during the race at any time
- Change, update, and determine race timings during the race at any time
- Settle any and all disputes through the Race Director, whose decision is final and not subject to appeal
Section 1.05 SPORTSMANSHIP
If Tough Mudder, from its own observation or upon receiving a report from any source, believes that a participant may have violated Article III or committed a gross breach of a rule, good manners, sportsmanship, or in any way has brought the sport into disrepute, that participant will face official review, potential disqualification, and/or removal from the site.
Section 1.06 PARTICIPATION CATEGORIES
The only participation category at Tough Mudder Infinity is the Individual Category. Athletes will be individually tracked based on a timing chip assigned exclusively to that athlete. Race results will include rankings by both gender and age group.
Section 1.07 GENDER IDENTITY POLICY
During the registration process, participants will be asked to register as either a "Male" or "Female" competitor. For individuals whose gender identity differs from their assigned gender (referred to hereafter as "transgender" individuals), the following registration/participation policies apply:
- All transgender participants are eligible to compete in the category that corresponds with either their birth sex or their identified gender, but not both.
- Transgender participants are required to consistently participate within the same gender category at all Tough Mudder events.
- Transgender athletes that qualify for the “Contender” category at World’s Toughest Mudder will be required to participate in the same gender category as they did at their qualifying event, unless:
- The qualifying event had a transgender policy that is deemed discriminatory, in which case the athlete is required to submit a written appeal to Tough Mudder, along with evidence of the discriminatory policy.
Article II. AWARDS & PRIZES
Section 2.01 AWARDS
- “Awards” are earned during the course of the race by achieving specific levels of performance.
- Athletes that have been disqualified (unless by voluntary drop-out or medical DQ) are ineligible for awards.
- Mileage-based awards can be picked up at the timing tent upon the completion of an athlete's final lap.
- Athletes may only receive the mileage-based award corresponding to their maximum achievement level.
Tough Mudder Infinity Bib
Official Finisher (min. 20km)
|Tough Mudder Infinity Medal||Finish Line|
|Official Finisher (min. 20km)||Tough Mudder Infinity Headband||Finish Line|
|30km||Silver 30km Headband Badge||Timing Center (post-race)|
|35km||Silver 35km Headband Badge||Timing Center (post-race)|
|40km||Silver 40km Headband Badge||Timing Center (post-race)|
|45km||Silver 45km Headband Badge||Timing Center (post-race)|
|50km||Gold 50km Headband Badge||Timing Center (post-race)|
|55km||Gold 55km Headband Badge||Timing Center (post-race)|
|60km||Gold 60km Buckle||Timing Center (post-race)|
Article III.ATHLETE CONDUCT
Section 3.01 GENERAL BEHAVIOR
Each participating Athlete must:
- Practice good sportsmanship at all times;
- Be responsible for his/her own safety and the safety of others;
- Know, understand, and follow all Competition Rules, as stated herein;
- Obey instructions from Race Officials and treat referees, officials, volunteers, spectators, the public, and other athletes with respect and courtesy;
- Inform a Race Official promptly after losing a timing chip or missing a timing mat;
- Inform a Race Official promptly after withdrawing from the race;
- Compete without receiving assistance from non-participants on course;
- Not dispose of trash or equipment on the course (except at aid stations or other designated trash‐disposal points). Intentional or careless littering may result in disqualification;
- Clear out designated drop zone of all personal belongings, food, supplies and trash before leaving the event site at the conclusion of the race. If left in a disorderly fashion, race officials have the right to penalize the Athlete.
- Not gain or attempt to gain any unfair advantage from any external vehicle or object;
- Follow the prescribed course. It is the athlete’s responsibility to know the course. Athletes must cover the prescribed course in its entirety. Failure to do so will result in immediate disqualification;
Section 3.02 ANTI-DOPING
Each athlete acknowledges notice of the Anti‐Doping Rules (as such term is defined below), and acknowledges that he/she is bound by, confirms he/she shall comply with, and voluntarily consents to all provisions of the Anti‐Doping Rules.
- “Anti‐Doping Rules” means all anti‐doping rules adopted by Tough Mudder including, without limitation, the World Anti‐Doping Code (the “WADA Code”), the International Standards and List of Prohibited Substances and Prohibited Methods (the “Prohibited List”) as issued by the World Anti‐Doping Agency (“WADA”), and all other rules, policies, and/or procedures adopted by Tough Mudder.
- As an exception to the WADA rules, Tough Mudder does not recognize marijuana as a banned substance and no tested athlete will be disqualified for the presence of marijuana in blood or urine.
- Each athlete acknowledges that the WADA Code and WADA’s Prohibited List may be amended from time to time and at any time by WADA without notice to Athlete other than, as the case may be, posting such amendments on WADA’s website.
- Each athlete is personally responsible for knowing what constitutes a violation of the Anti‐Doping Rules (including, without limitation, all substances and methods that have been included on the Prohibited List). Certain medications, common beverages, supplements and other “over‐the‐counter” or otherwise legal products may contain banned substances.
- Each athlete is fully responsible for knowing what substances are banned in accordance with the Prohibited List and for monitoring his/her own compliance with the Anti‐Doping Rules;
- All Contender athletes consent to random testing at Tough Mudder’s sole discretion;
- If Tough Mudder suspects any athlete of being in violation of any of these terms, Tough Mudder reserves the right to investigate and disqualify at Tough Mudder’s discretion.
Section 3.03 ATHLETE ELIGIBILITY
Each Athlete must:
- Be at least 14 years old by the day of the event
- Not commit fraud by registering for Tough Mudder Infinity under an assumed name or age, falsifying, an affidavit or giving false information or they will be disqualified;
- Attest that they are medically cleared and physically capable of participating prior to competing Tough Mudder Infinity;
- Registered prior to race start;
- Sign a Tough Mudder Participant waiver before the start of Tough Mudder Infinity;
- Attest that they have a high level of swim experience and swim ability prior to competing in Tough Mudder Infinity. High level of swim ability is determined by ability to swim a minimum of 100 meters, without assistance
Article IV. RACE PROCEDURE
Section 4.01 RACE PROCEDURE
- Tough Mudder Infinity athletes will have up to 9 hours to complete as many laps of the prescribed courses as possible, with up to 8 hours to begin new laps;
- All athletes will be given an additional 60 minutes, following the initial 8 hour period, to complete their last active lap
- At 4:30:00 PM Saturday, all Athletes will be removed from course and the race will officially end;
- Athletes on an active lap at this time, but unable to finish prior to 4:30:00 PM on Saturday will be brought in by Tough Mudder Race Officials at course close;
- Athletes will not be disqualified if still on course at 4:30:00 PM on Saturday, and are still eligible to be an official finisher;
- Only the last full lap completed before 4:30:00 PM on Saturday will count towards the official race record
- The hours of competition will begin 7:30:00 AM, Saturday and end 04:30:00 PM, Saturday;
- The official event start will take place at 7:30:00 AM Saturday
- All competitors must successfully complete the 15km course on their first lap
- All competitors must begin their first lap at the official race start at 7:30:00am. Competitors that do not begin their first lap during the official race start will be ineligible as an Official Finisher.
- Beginning with their second lap, competitors may choose whether to run the 5km or 15km course path for each lap
- Competitors will elect to run either the 5km or 15km course at an on-course split. Upon choosing a course at the designated split point, competitors may not change their course selection for the duration of that active lap
- No competitors will be allowed to begin a new lap after 3:30:00 PM on Saturday, at which point the start line will be closed
- The 15km course path will close at 1:30:00PM on Saturday, at which point competitors may only utilize the 5km course path for the remainder of the race.
- Competitors must be clear of all 15km course splits prior to 1:30:00PM in order for the lap to count as 15km of total course distance. If a course has multiple course splits and a competitor does not clear them all prior to the 15km course closure, the active lap will only count as 5km of total course distance, regardless of if the participant completed portions of the 15km course.
- Participants that have cleared all 15km course splits prior to 1:30:00PM will have the duration of the event to complete their active 15km lap.
- The finish line will close at exactly 4:30:00 PM Saturday, after which time no official results will be recorded
- Each completed lap by an athlete will count as either 5km or 15km towards their official mileage, based on the course path they elected to follow on a specific active lap. Mileage completed as part of an obstacle penalty will not count towards official mileage.
- If one or more Athletes completes the same number of laps in the cumulative 9hr time period, the Athlete who completed the last “full” lap first will be awarded the higher place, regardless of who is ahead on the last lap;
- An Athlete will be judged as finished the moment any part of his/her torso crosses a vertical line extending from the leading edge of the finish line;
- For the duration of the event, athletes will have access to Tough Mudder event site, including the festival and "Drop Zone" areas, while not pursuing an active lap;
Section 4.02 DISQUALIFICATION
- Any disqualification (excluding voluntary dropouts or Medical DQ) will result in forfeiture of all official miles gained in the event and the Athlete will no longer be eligible for top placement, prizes, or awards. Their timing chip will be deactivated upon disqualification.
- Athletes may be disqualified for offences including but not limited to cheating, course cutting, or unsportsmanlike behavior.
- Any allegations of cheating must be made to the Race Director for review and decision
- Cheating allegations must be made either in person at the Race Center or to the Race Director on site
- Decisions made by the Race Director on site or after the event are final and not subject to appeal
- To avoid disqualification Athletes must abide by the following requirements:
- All athletes must wear a bib and timing chip at all times;
- All athletes must complete every lap and every open obstacle (or associated penalty) in its entirety;
- If pursuing an active lap, Athletes must stay on the marked course at all times;
- Athletes must maintain the prescribed course direction at all times;
- Athletes must abide by the directions/instructions of Race Officials at all times
- All Athletes must complete every obstacle in its entirety;
- If an Athlete is unable to complete an obstacle which has not been designated as a “must complete” obstacle, a penalty option will be available
- If an Athlete cannot complete the associated penalty, they must forfeit their timing chip and no further laps will be counted towards overall mileage
- If there is no penalty option and the Athlete is unable to complete the obstacle, they must forfeit their timing chip and no further laps will be counted towards overall mileage;
- If an Athlete attempts to continue on course without having successfully completed an obstacle or its associated penalty, they will be immediately disqualified from the event without any further option to voluntarily dropping
- It is the sole responsibility of each Athlete to know and follow the prescribed course route and obstacle sequencing.
- Any Athlete receiving on-course assistance from a non-registered athlete will be immediately disqualified;
- If an Athlete is disqualified, they must immediately remove and turn in their timing chip
Section 4.03 VOLUNTARY DROPOUT & MEDICAL DISQUALIFICATION
- Any athlete who wishes to voluntarily drop out of the race, or an athlete who receives a Medical Disqualification, whether between laps or on course in pursuit of an active lap, must promptly notify race officials and turn in their timing chip.
- The Athlete’s last completed full lap and associated time will still be valid
- The athlete will remain eligible for official miles, prizes, and awards based on their last completed full lap only if they have already met all criteria to be an "Official Finisher" prior to dropout or Medical Disqualification
- If an Athlete cannot complete an obstacle or penalty and instead elects to voluntarily dropout, they may continue to complete laps but will only be credited with the last full completed lap before the removal of their timing chip
Section 4.04 EXPULSION
Tough Mudder reserves the right to immediately remove from site Athletes and Spectators who demonstrate unsportsmanlike, dangerous, or offensive conduct during the entirety of the event.
Section 4.05 SWIM CONDUCT
- Athletes must complete every marked swim section and/or swim penalty in its entirety;
- Athletes may use a wetsuit at any time during the race;
- Athletes cannot use additional equipment to gain advantage in swim sections
- Including, but not limited to: rafts, swim fins, large inflatables
- Athletes are allowed to carry select equipment during swim sections, including: Backpacks, gear packs, life vests, water wings
- Items cannot be stored or left at water crossings or on course. Any athlete doing so will be disqualified.
- Athletes cannot gain advantage through medical or water safety assistance;
- Athletes who require in-water assistance, rescue, or swim support that facilitates forward progress, may be disqualified and asked to end their race;
- The Tough Mudder Race Director, Medical Staff and Water Safety reserve the right to disqualify and expel any Athlete deemed unsuitable to be in the water.
Section 4.06 TIMING
- Athletes must wear a timing chip at all times during the race.
- It is the sole responsibility of each athlete to ensure their timing chip is secure and worn at all times.
- It is the sole responsibility of each athlete to notify a race official if a timing chip is lost or malfunctions at any time.
- Failure to report a lost/malfunctioning chip to the Race Center may result in disqualification from the event.
- All timing chips must be returned to the Race Center at the conclusion of the event.
- Athletes that do not return a timing chip are subject to a $75 fine for replacement of the chip.
Section 4.07 RACE FINISH
In order to be eligible for the Holy Grail, receive a Finisher medal, and/or receive a Finisher Headband, athletes must be deemed an "Official Finisher". In order to be an "Official Finisher" at Tough Mudder Infinity, an athlete must successfully complete a minimum official race mileage of 20km.
- Athletes on an active lap, but unable to finish prior to 4:30:00 PM remain eligible as "Official Finishers", if they have already successfully completed at least 20km during previous laps
- Only the last full lap completed will count towards the official race record
Article V.EQUIPMENT & DROP ZONE
Participants are allowed to bring any and all necessary supplies necessary to support an endurance and running event; however, Race Officials have the right to remove dangerous and/or illegal objects for any reason at any time.
Section 5.01 DROP ZONE
- Participants will have access to a dedicated "Drop Zone" area for the duration of the Tough Mudder Infinity event
- Participants must keep all personal items either on their person or in their designated tabletop space in the Drop Zone for the duration of the event
- Drop Zone;
- The Drop Zone will be a designated event space where each participant will be a allocated a 3' tabletop space to store their belongings
- Athletes are allowed to share a pit space if desired
- Only registered Athletes will be allowed entry into the Drop Zone
- Tents, furniture, and other large pieces of equipment are not allowed in the Drop Zone
- Participants may enter and exit the Drop Zone as many times as they wish between active laps; however, the Drop Zone will be off-limits between beginning an active lap by crossing the start line and completing a lap by crossing the finish line.
Section 5.02 LEGAL EQUIPMENT
Items allowed include, but are not limited to:
- Running/Trail shoes
- Wetsuits/Life Jacket
- Backpack/Water Pack/Gear Pack
- Basic Running Clothing
- Face Masks/Goggles
- Service Animals
Section 5.03 ILLEGAL EQUIPMENT
- Additional equipment not listed is subject to Race Official review;
- Items deemed unfair or hazardous may be confiscated or requested that they be removed from course/pit during the race;
- Official Tough Mudder Infinity race bib must be worn and visible at all times during race;
- Tough Mudder officials reserve the right to request that participants remove any clothing or race gear containing unofficial graphics, logos, or brand names;
- Failure to comply with a Race Officials request may result in disqualification or expulsion
- Items not allowed include, but are not limited to:
- Swim Fins/Rafts
- Performance Enhancing Drugs
- Illicit/Illegal Drugs per local laws
Article VI. MEDICAL RULES
Race Officials and Medical Officials may require any Athlete to submit to a medical check at any time throughout the race. If an Athlete is determined to be unfit to continue in competition, the Athlete will be removed from the race. The Senior Medical Official’s decision is final and not subject to appeal.
- Athletes requiring medical transport from the course to the medical tent will automatically be medically disqualified;
- Athletes may receive medical treatment on course; level of medical treatment on course will be determined by Senior Medical Officials;
- Athletes who self-transport to the medical facility in the pit area may receive treatment and rejoin the race if permitted by medical staff;