That time of year is upon us yet again, where we can test our endurance at Whistler's Tough Mudder . The gruelling (but ever exciting) Olympic-sized obstacle course covers 16-20 km, and is taking place June 18th-19th at Whistler's Olympic Park in the Callaghan Valley area. It's location less than four hours drive from Seattle and a short hour and 35 minutes from Vancouver most definitely make it a worthwhile road trip. With the race kicking off at 8 am each day and waves beginning every 20 minutes thereafter, how long you take to complete the challenge is entirely up to you.
Tough Mudder will undoubtedly test your stamina, fears and teamwork skills, as contestants tackle at least 20 obstacles before reaching the finish line. Feel your adrenaline levels rise as you swim through ice cold water, get zapped by 10,000 volts of electricity, climb over massive structures, overcome confined spaces, dodge fire and (of course) get a little muddy in the process.
Considering you're taking part in a physically and emotionally challenging event, we've taken the time to plan out your itinerary - from the delicious, fuel-focused breakfast to start the day to the relaxing spa and well-deserved dinner to end it. Enjoy.
It's essential to fuel up with a light, energy enriched breakfast before tackling the course. Whistler's Green Moustache offers nutritious options raging from freshly made juices and smoothies to breakfast bowls. If your mind is on the course and you can't decide, combine both in one of the cafe's smoothie or chai pudding bowls for $10.25. These tasty bowls are packed full of all the goodness you need to kick-start your day.
What better way to relax your muscles after the event than to visit one of the many luxury spas Whistler boasts? Make a reservation for a relaxing massage or beauty treatment of your choice at the award-winning Scandinave Day Spa where you will feel as though you have found complete serenity. Located just north of Whistler Village, this spa is surrounded by a cedar forest and overlooks the incredible Blackcomb Valleys and astonishing mountainous terrain. After you shower off the mud, cleanse your body and mind in the Scandinavian hydrotherapy baths and invigorate under the gushing waterfalls. Access to the baths is $60 well spent.
Dining in a stylish, serene setting is the perfect reward to the tumultuous Tough Mudder. Whistler's Rimrock Cafe is the ideal place to experience top quality dining. Though known for it's exquisite fresh fish, the high class restaurant also has a wide variety of options to suit all preferences. After you've triumphed the challenging course, enjoy salmon grilled with lobster or a succulent venison tenderloin. Just south of the main entrance to Whistler Village, Rimrock Cafe offers a dining experience to remember where superb service and rustic atmosphere will heighten your relaxation process.
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