World’s Toughest Mudder: Gear List

Mud Run Maniac at World's Toughest Mudder

There’s definitely a few other things I could have used, such as a cold weather hood, digital waterproof watch and better gloves.

Last December, I completed one full lap of the inaugural World’s Toughest Mudder event held at Raceway Park, NJ. While I was disappointed that I didn’t make my 24-hour goal, I was still pleased to have been a part of this epic mud-fest. I met some amazing people and had a lot of fun, despite the tumultuous course and frigid temperatures.

This year, I plan to run the World’s Toughest Mudder again. I’ve narrowed my goal a bit because I think it makes more sense for where I am in my life currently. My goal for the 2012 WTM is to complete as many laps as it takes to reach sunrise of Day 2. After that, we’ll see what happens.

A few people who also plan to brave through the 2012 WTM course have inquired about preparation for this 24-hour test of grit. Over the span of the next few months, I’ll let you know how I’m progressing toward reaching my new goal and what steps I will take to get there.

To start things off, I’d like to share my packing list from last year’s WTM. Sure, WTM is over four months away, but you don’t want to wait until the last-minute to gather your gear. Some of these items you may not need. This list is just what I was able to assemble without purchasing too much and by borrowing quite a few items.

  • AAA batteries
  • Advil
  • Ankle brace
  • Baseball hat (1)
  • Beer (12-pk PBR)
  • Blanket (1)
  • Board shorts (2)
  • Bucket 
  • Bungees (2)
  • Camelback (1)
  • Cargo shorts (1)
  • Compression shirts (long sleeve (4)
  • Compression shirts short sleeve (2)
  • Compression underwear (2)
  • Dri-fit short sleeve (3)
  • Earplugs
  • Extra contacts
  • Eye black
  • Flashlights (2)
  • Flask
  • Foot Warmers
  • Fruit
  • Garbage bags
  • Gloves leather (2)
  • Gloves Utility (2)
  • Glow sticks (2)
  • Hand Warmers
  • Headlamp (1)
  • Heat blankets (2)
  • M&Ms
  • Neoprene socks (1)
  • Other socks (5)
  • Phone charger (auto)
  • Pocket knife (1)
  • Radio (old school AM/FM)
  • Running tights (1)
  • Sandals
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sneaker boots
  • Sneakers (2)
  • Soap (1)
  • Spandex underwear (4)
  • Strobe (1)
  • Swim cap
  • T.P.
  • Tent
  • TM Headbands (3)
  • Toe socks (1)
  • Towels (4)
  • Trail shoes
  • Washcloth (1)
  • Waterproof bag (1)
  • Wetsuits (2)
  • Windbreakers (3)
  • Winter Hat (2)
  • Wrist wraps

In addition to these items, I packed a small cooler with a cold sub (aka: hoagie, grinder), water, and a few energy drinks. I brought a few hard-boiled eggs, cashews, trail mix, and a small first-aid kit. I was also fortunate to borrow a GORUCK Echo (the smallest model) to wear that I was able to store a windbreaker, hand warmers, a few beers and some trail mix for when I was running. There’s definitely a few other things I could have used, such as a cold weather hood, digital waterproof watch and better gloves. But I was on a tight budget, so I made do with what I was able to gather rather than purchase a lot of new items.

Have you ever endured a race like World’s Toughest Mudder? What items did you pack? What do you think I definitely need or I should definitely remove from my list?  Please share in the comments. Thanks!
8 comments… add one
  • pez

    hows it going,
    first off, great gear list. i think my luggage is going to be heavy.
    im coming down from british columbia, canada to do the race this november and was wondering (since the gear list doesnt specify) if you had issues using a regular headlamp or if you bought a special waterproof one.

    cheers,

    pez

    • Hey Pez, I used a low-end Princeton Tec Byte headlamp for both the GORUCK and the World’s Toughest Mudder and it still works after going through water. I think I paid under $20. You can get it cheap on Amazon here: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0045IBVCE/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B0045IBVCE&linkCode=as2&tag=mudrunmaniac-20 (note: affiliate link)

      I also brought a cheap backup headlamp, something like the $5-10 variety you can pick up at Home Depot or Lowes. The strobe I used was a miniature kind that is mainly designed for bike handlebars. But it came with a strap that I attached to my backpack. I also brought a couple of glow-sticks in case all else failed.

      One last tip that I heard about, but didn’t use. To waterproof your headlamp, especially if you are using a cheap one, you could crazy glue all the seams, including the housing around the bulb, the body, and the battery compartment.

      Thanks for checking in and hope to see you at WTM!
      Cheers!
      -Paul

  • Dominic Vicari

    I was at WTM 2011 as well and I think a solid 7mm wet suit could guarantee a win!

  • Frank

    Have you used wetsuits in any cold-weather events yet? If so, what kind of recommendations can you make?

    • Hey Frank,

      I haven’t used wet-suits for anything but the World’s Toughest Mudder event so far. I’ve completed a few winter Tough Mudders in the dead of November, but really didn’t see the need for anything more than some compression wear, a pair of earplugs, and gloves. I think a wetsuit is ideal for events like cold-weather Tri’s or an extreme 12-hour + event like WTM. But outside of that, I can’t say I’d recommend them unless there’s a good deal of water involved because the friction they cause while running isn’t worth it! Here’s some more tips on cold weather gear: http://www.mudrunmaniac.com/gear-running-in-cold-weather/

      Cheers!
      Paul

      • Ted Morrison

        Yo Paul,

        Been a fan of your blog for awhile now. I hear some people and Big Mudder hollerin out things like “7mm wetsuit!” Now I don’t have a lot of experience with wetsuits, but does anyone know that it is SUPPOSED to be significantly warmer this year? Like 55-60 during the day and 35+ during the night?!

        I have a 2mm wetsuit with a 5mm (hooded) vest liner for the inside. I think I probably need to bulk up on the lower torso but on the other hand, lighter is faster. What do you think? Were your legs being cold a major problem or just your core dropping too low?

  • Great info here. I’m going to my first Worlds Tough Mudder this year 2015 in Vegas and making my list now and collection of gear. I guess the piece I keep getting back to is the wet suit many say a tri suit and i’m leaning this way but I see many in full suits and some in shorty’s is this just a personal choice or is there a reason. I hear the over heating comment a lot but i’m guessing after night fall its going to mean a lot on protection to be in a full. Any thoughts oh yeah 3mm sounds pretty common choice

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