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Mudder Mania to Descend Upon Wintergreen Resort

‘Tough Mudder Virginia’ to make its debut Oct. 22-23

WINTERGREEN, Va. (Sept. 28, 2011) – It isn’t every day Wintergreen Resort is promoting these upcoming attractions: The Gauntlet, Chernobyl Jacuzzi, Greased Lightning, Death March, Fire Walker and Electroshock Therapy.  For this family-friendly destination, it can mean only thing – “Mudder Mania,” or more formally known as the Tough Mudder series, is getting ready to descend on the resort with entrants of all sizes, shapes, ages and abilities participating in a serious test of toughness, fitness, strength, stamina, mental grit and a healthy dose of camaraderie.

Billed as “probably the toughest event on the planet,” Tough Mudder, which requires all participants to sign a death waiver before they race, will make its Virginia debut when Wintergreen Resort plays host to the event the weekend of Oct. 22-23.

Each day, some 5,000 entrants – including at least six Wintergreen Ski Patrol members – will tackle Wintergreen’s nine-mile course, featuring an elevation gain of 1,250 feet and 25 different military-style obstacles, which include such pleasantries as electric shocks, tackling greased monkey bars with an ice-cold lake below, a sand crawl after being hosed down by local firemen, eight-foot walls, barbed-wire crawls, 100-foot long mud pits, and the event’s patented FireWalker gauntlet of flames.

It is expected that most participants will complete the course in approximately two hours, 30 minutes.  On both Saturday and Sunday, participant registration begins at 7 a.m., with the event set to start at 8 a.m.

Spectators interested in viewing the event – where participants pay little attention to their finish time, just that they do, indeed, finish – can purchase tickets in advance for $15 by visiting http://toughmudder.com/events/virginia.  Spectator tickets climb to $40/person when purchased on the day of the event.

The six Wintergreen Ski Patrol members participating are Michael Barber, Ellen Bradley, Keith Cassidy, Brett Henyon, Brittany Mueller and Brittney Neal.  A 20-member Nelson County team also is participating.

Since its inception in the spring of 2010, Tough Mudder, named “Best Adventure Race of 2010” by Travlete.com, a web site that reviews endurance events, has raised more than $1 million for the Wounded Warrior Project, the event’s official charity partner that supports injured servicemen and servicewomen.  It is a charity strongly supported and endorsed by Wintergreen Resort through its Wintergreen Adaptive Sports program.

For more information on Tough Mudder Virginia at Wintergreen Resort, visit www.wintergreenresort.com/Tough-Mudder/

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About Wintergreen Resort: Wintergreen Resort is an 11,000-acre, four-season resort located atop the Blue Ridge Mountains southwest of Charlottesville, Va. This beautiful hideaway is the ultimate vacation and conference spot, nearly 300 condominium-style accommodations; 45 holes of championship golf; snow skiing, snowboarding and snow tubing; an award-winning tennis program; a full-service, destination spa; 40,000 square feet of meeting and event space; and savory dining options. The resort is located adjacent to the Blue Ridge Parkway in beautiful central Virginia near Charlottesville, just 90 minutes from Richmond, Va., three hours from Washington, D.C. and Raleigh, N.C., five and a half hours from Philadelphia, and eight hours from Atlanta. For more information, guests can call (434) 325-2200 or visit the resort’s web site at www.wintergreenresort.com.

Media Contacts:
Dana Quillen
Wintergreen Resort
434/325-8150
dquillen@wintergreenresort.com

Karen Moraghan
Hunter Public Relations – East
908/876-5100
karen.moraghan@hunter-pr.com