Tough Mudder


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Tough Mudder

What is Tough Mudder you ask? Tough Mudder is an 18 km military-style obstacle course designed by British Special Forces. The course is designed to drag paticipants out of their comfort zones and test their physical strength, stamina, teamwork, and mental grit. 


Join us for a weekend of meeting new friends and other T1D’s! It is a great team building event and breaks down the barriers we may set up for ourselves in regards to our diabetes. We can guarantee you will walk out of this event more optimistic and have a great outlook on what you can conquer with T1D.

Last year was a huge success and we plan to build on that in a number of ways, including bringing out more members (you don’t have to have diabetes!) Every year we have many friends and family members join in on the fun- the more the merrier.

We will be featuring a team in the full length Tough Mudder course and a team in the Tough Mudder HALF! That’s right, a shorter, just as muddy 8km course working together to cross the finish line.

We emphasize huge team comradery in these events and we will do whatever it takes to start and finish these events as a team. We will carry you across the line if we need to!

Both events are held on June 17th 2017 in Whistler B.C.

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On June 18th 2016 fourteen brave souls made the trip out to Whistler so they could tackle mud, rain, and bitter cold to represent Young and T1 & The Canadian Diabetes Association’s Team Diabetes at Tough Mudder 2016! This group broke down the barriers of Type 1 Diabetes and showcased formidable teamwork despite all the obstacles.

Photos and Captions by Shawn Schaubel

13501936_10157045451050564_6385410317758650603_nNice and clean, full of energy, and not yet attentive to the pending misery awaiting…LOL The only thing we know about each other is our first name and that we’re T1s, the rest we’ll discover along the journey…

13502141_10157045451980564_1119740861336332993_nLining up at the Start gate, waiting to be motivated and released into the wild…

13466343_10157045456015564_8538350583694587010_nIt’s just a wall, but it’s tall enough to need help…

The Hero Carry… just far enough to engorge the quads for the rest of the course….

A fairly big muddy divot to traverse to reach the other side, which is just as muddy…

One muddy path and obstacle completed, on to the next 20 obstacles…
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Another chance to document progress, both on the course and the level of mud climbing up their legs…lol

It took a few tries, but we quickly figured out what would work for us; and other teams quickly copied us…
A perfect example of a team-building obstacle, since you needed to ask for help from another team before starting and offer help to another team before leaving…
Nothing like crawling through a skinny pipe in the dark to have it open up into a canal with a fence over the top… very creative obstacle playing on a number of fears!
In previous years, we simply had to climb to the top of a cliff and survive a very tall jump; but this year, they made it far more interesting and challenging… absolutely love this one!
Tyler successfully ringing the bell, and then suddenly realizing he needs to avoid a belly flop landing…lol
The classic barbwire crawl… never gets old
An almost boring concept, until you try it and then add 100 people fighting against your single movements….lol
Yes, that’s a hypothermia blanket being used, it was that cold out… nothing like upper body workouts to exhaust one’s entire system…
Nothing like more bunkers to climb over, then descend down into knee high mud, which means you have to climb over more bunkers…
The last hill to climb before leaving, to do more obstacles… they don’t even mark the trail so you know how far you’ve come…lol
Another opportunity to climb into dark pipes to fall into wall covered by barbwire, just to climb into more pipes in the dark to crawl through…
This time they provided two sets of walls on an angle, so it’s only a little bit harder…
This is the most sadistic wall to ascend… it takes at least 2-3 times to reach someone to help pull you up… it’s all on the runner!
Ah, the road home… paved with mud, lots of mud to slip on…
Our fearless group! United by being a T1, but easily made stronger by the differences we bring to the group, our different strengths, our different ways of seeing problems as opportunities, etc…Thank you to all the YT1 members that participated in this year’s event. A special thank you to Nadine Cornelius and Paul Crosby from the Canadian Diabetes Association, Tyler Pearce, and Shawn Schaubel for making this event possible.See you next year!!!


On June 20th 2015, Young and T1 joined forces with Team Diabadass to tackle a series of hardcore obstacle events.  Together, this team proved that anything is possible when you live with T1D and that this disease will never slow us down!!

The event took place in Whistler and relied on extensive teamwork.  Everyone had to help each other complete this great challenge in order to bring everyone across the finish line together.

Congratulations to everyone who participated. We’re so proud of our Tough T1Ds!!

Special thanks to Dan Carr for all the fabulous pictures, Sandy Struss for the gorgeous shirts, and Shawn Schaubel for playing such a huge role in organizing the team!


Tough Mudder 2015 - Whistler

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