THE Australian Army is hangin' tough, but are you tough enough?

The Sunshine Coast Tough Mudder site is ready for 12,000 people to take on one of the toughest challenges in the world this weekend, including four new obstacles.

Yesterday, members of the 2nd 14th Lighthorse Regiment of the Queensland Mounted Infantry rolled into the Caloundra South site in their camouflage vehicles to give the 20km course a test run.

Twenty-five obstacles challenge the strength, determination, fitness and fight of participants in the gruelling military-style course designed by British Special Forces.

UP FOR THE CHALLENGE: Members of the 2nd 14th Lighthorse Regiment test the Tough Mudder course yesterday.
UP FOR THE CHALLENGE: Members of the 2nd 14th Lighthorse Regiment test the Tough Mudder course yesterday. John Mccutcheon

Crawling through 15 tubes and landing face down in a pit of muddy water, the men from the Enoggera training base were the first in Australia to try the new sewage outlet obstacle.

"It's my first time doing Tough Mudder and I love it," battalion member James Ferron said. "We obviously have our own courses on base, but nothing like this."

Other obstacles set to put mudders to the test include the Pole Dancer (crossing a pit of water on two rails), Leap of Faith (a leap over a water pit on to a hanging cargo net) and Fire in Your Hole (a vertical slide into water, through fire).

Old favourites - or perhaps enemies - such as the greased half-pipe called Everest, and the final gauntlet of 10,000-volt charged dangling wires, Electroshock Therapy - are back this year.

Tough Mudder Australia general manager Jeremy Kann said yesterday's rain had helped prepare the site for the weekend.

"We are well and truly on track and with the spot of rain it's added to the mud, which is great because it's exactly what we are trying to create," Mr Kann said.

"It's definitely not a repeat of last year. Our course designers have been busy and with the new obstacles it's a very different course."

The first teams will start the course at 7am tomorrow before the muddy madness starts again on Sunday. There is still time to register. Visit toughmudder.com.au.


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