What would entice 20,000 people to punish their bodies and push themselves to the limit to get through two-dozen man-made obstacles designed by British Special Forces? The one and only Tough Mudder competition. Crews at Squaw Valley are now transforming the steep and rocky terrain into the ultimate test of strength and stamina.
Running through flames and crawling through mud...
It's a crazy way to spend your day off, but it's how thousands will at Squaw Valley.
"This weekend, we're welcoming Tough Mudder to the mountain," says Amelia Richmond, spokesperson for Squaw Valley. "It's the first time the event has ever come here."
And the first time people will be testing their bodies this much.
"Lots of man-made obstacles on an already challenging terrain," says Richmond.
Tough Mudder events take place all over the country, but Tahoe presents its own challenges.
"Never has it been done on terrain like this. Or on a mountain this big. So this is the biggest competition and the most challenging tough mudder has ever produced," says Richmond.
Today, crews are laying the groundwork for what will be ground zero of an intense competition. Hundreds of teams will try to get through an 11-mile web of obstacle courses. Set ups like the "Funky Monkey" - that will show off what the human body can do.
"Basically like your elementary school monkey bars, but they're over water," says Richmond. "You're just going to have to make it across and have your teammates there to help you."
"It was crazy," says Rebecca Stott, who got to watch a Tough Mudder event in Vermont. "We were amazed at what they had to do. And how well they did it. How well they all worked together."
There is so much excitement surrounding Tough Mudder that it's sold out for Saturday. But if you're tough and you don't mind getting muddy you can still get tickets to participate on Sunday. For information, head to http://toughmudder.com