Just before 2014 came to a close, Tough Mudder announced that it will not be returning to New Zealand in 2015. The announcement to cancel their New Zealand race was made via their Tough Mudder New Zealand facebook page on December 10th:
New Zealand Mudders,
We would like to advise that after several months of review and planning we will not be holding a Tough Mudder event in New Zealand in 2015.
We want you to know that the decision not to hold an event in 2015 was not made lightly and this decision does not mean Tough Mudder will not return to New Zealand in the future.
While we strongly believe the 2014 Auckland Tough Mudder event was a success, we have not been able to pull together the necessary logistical requirements to hold an event in 2015.
We want to make things as easy as possible and there are two options available to all current open ticket holders: you can either transfer for free to any Tough Mudder event globally in 2015 or receive a full ticket refund.
To either transfer to any other event worldwide or to receive a refund, click here: http://mud.tf/NNLGaB
Please submit all requests by 1 April, 2015.
For more information, you can contact our customer service team here:http://mud.tf/jTD4YK
This news is disappointing and unexpected, as it comes after Tough Mudder held their inaugural New Zealand event in Auckland last year, which was reported to be a success. This cancellation means that thousands of Kiwi participants from that event will not be able to join the Mudder Legion in 2015, the club for those brave enough to complete two or more Tough Mudders – that is unless they’re willing to travel to Australia or even further abroad to participate in another event. Fortunately, Tough Mudder is offering refunds or transfers for those who pre-purchased tickets.
Here’s hoping Tough Mudder will return to New Zealand in future years!
But in the meantime, Spartan Race, a notorious rival of Tough Mudder, has opened up pre-registrations for their inaugural 2015 New Zealand race in Auckland, and the New Zealand OCR calendar continues to fill up with locally controlled races.