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Tough Mudders grind through Tahoe Fall challenge Sept. 28-29

Monday, September 23rd, 2013

Fall at Lake Tahoe is a season known for bringing out the inner-competitor. Last week’s Ironman competition is followed by this weekend’s running of the Tough Mudder at Northstar California Resort, Sept. 28-29.

Founded in 2010, Tough Mudder bills itself as “Probably the Toughest Event on the Planet” with each Mudder taking on endurance challenges that test toughness, fitness, strength, stamina, mental grit and teamwork.

Tough Mudder isn't about personal records, it's about teamwork.

Tough Mudder isn’t about personal records, it’s about teamwork.

Costume-clad and fired up, Tough Mudders run through a series 10 to 12 miles of hardcore obstacle courses designed by British Special Forces to test a competitor’s all around strength, stamina, mental grit and camaraderie. Featuring wide runs, steep terrain and plenty of mud, Northstar offers an ideal location for Tough Mudder Tahoe Fall 2013.

If you’re planning to participate or just to watch, Granlibakken offers several lodging options where you’re guaranteed a nutritious carbo-fueled breakfast and a good night’s sleep before taking on the endurance challenge.

With the most innovative courses, over one million inspiring participants worldwide to date, and more than $5 million raised for the Wounded Warrior Project, Tough Mudder bills itself as the premier adventure challenge series in the world.

But it doesn’t take itself too seriously, either. After competitors have gone through it all, there’s a mob of folks and a live band waiting at the finish line with beers in hand, food on the barbecue and a full-on party to celebrate those participating in the toughest organized human event ever created.

Veterans say it is more than an event: Tough Mudder is a way of thinking. By running a Tough Mudder challenge, participants say they’ve unlocked a true sense of accomplishment while discovering a deep camaraderie with fellow runners. At Tough Mudder, participants don’t get through it alone. It takes the help of fellow Mudders to cheer ‘em on and push them through.

Tough Mudder by the Numbers:

  • 78 percent of participants finish a Tough Mudder
  • 80 percent of Tough Mudder participants do it as part of a team
  • 1,000-plus participants have the Tough Mudder logo permanently tattooed on their body
  • 3.5 hours is the average time it takes to finish a Tough Mudder course which is usually between 10 to 12 miles.

It’s never too early or too late to start preparing for next year’s Tough Mudder. Granlibakken offers High Altitude Training options featuring cycling, biking, hiking and its Treetop Adventure Park, recently voted No. 1 Tahoe activity by TripAdvisor.com readers.

Where do you plan to stay and train for the Tough Mudder?

The days may be getting shorter but the adventure never ends

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013

With the kids back in school and the roads becoming less congested, there’s a fifth season that envelops Lake Tahoe this time of year. From September to early October, Indian Summer, offers warm weather, sparser crowds and plenty of fun. It is one of the best times of the year to visit.

Fall might be just around the corner, but don't but those bathing suits away yet because now is one of the best times to visit Lake Tahoe.

Fall might be just around the corner, but don’t but those bathing suits away yet because now is one of the best times to visit Lake Tahoe.

Sunshine abounds at Lake Tahoe during these shorter days, with a hint of fall in the air that makes for superb hiking, biking and boating pursuits. Relax on a nearby beach during the week and it will seem like your very own private beach.

Or perhaps you’re up for a challenge that puts your physical and mental skills to the test. If that’s the case, you can zip, glide and soar through the trees at Granlibakken‘s Treetop Adventure Park, recently ranked by TripAdvisor.com as the No. 1 among things to do around Lake Tahoe.

The high-tree adventure course is among a couple dozen in the nation and consists of platforms installed along tree tops that are connected by various configurations of cable, wood, rope and zip lines to form bridges.

Fully harnessed guests can zip, climb, walk, and maneuver their way through various obstacle courses, each with varying degrees of skills and challenges that promotes teamwork at 30-feet above the ground.

Outfitted in climbing harnesses and helmets, guests are connected to a belay system for added safety where adventurers of all ages can take to more than 50 platforms and bridges. There’s even a Flying Squirrel zone that caters to the young adventurers, ages 4+ and beginning climbers. The Flying Squirrel zone consists of 3 different kids’ ropes courses and includes a variety of bridges and zip lines, some nearly 300 feet long.

Maybe you’re up for a bike ride instead? You can check out a bicycle at Granlibakken courtesy West Shore Sports. Prefer to keep your feet to the ground?  You can hike through Granlibakken’s 74-acres to connections the link up with the Pacific Crest Trail and the Tahoe Rim Trail or get in 9 holes at the Tahoe City Golf Course.

On the water you can rent a power boat at Tahoe City Marina, cruise the lake aboard the Tahoe Gal paddlewheeler or try your luck at catching the big one on a fishing charter.

What’s your favorite Indian summer activity at Lake Tahoe?


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