Published On: Tue, Feb 27th, 2018

CELSIUS Fitness Drink Announces 2018 Sponsorship of Tough Mudder’s North America Challenge Series

Celsius Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq: CELH), makers of the leading global fitness drink,

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CELSIUS®, today announced its signing as Presenting Sponsor of the 2018 Tough Mudder North America Challenge event series which includes Tough Mudder Half, Tough Mudder Full and the newly launched Tough Mudder 5K.  This strategic move fulfills a major marketing initiative for the brand, whose slogan and targeted demographics’ goal is to “Live Fit.” CELSIUS is pioneering a new industry segment of “fitness drinks,” a designation which also describes the brand’s functional attributes. CELSIUS drinks are dietary supplements that contain a proprietary thermogenic MetaPlus blend, proven to accelerate metabolism, provide healthy energy and burn body fat when combined with exercise.  These unique, proven qualities make this partnership a success, and achieve CELSIUS’ goal of increasing brand awareness by tapping into Tough Mudder’s extensive fan base and its “Tougher Together” brand platform.  The sponsorship and 2018 Tough Mudder season kicks off this weekend, March 3-4 at East Walker Ranch in the Los Angeles area.

With over 100 events across North America during Tough Mudder weekends, and more than three million loyal fitness enthusiasts committed to the Tough Mudder lifestyle (also known as “Mudder Nation”) CELSIUS seized the Presenting Sponsor spot, anchoring the energy drink position and locking out the competition. As a recognized pre-workout drink, CELSIUS will be available before select events to energize experienced Mudders and newbies for the demanding obstacles ahead.

The Presenting Sponsorship secures the CELSIUS brand with a coveted position in a logo lockup across the growing Tough Mudder franchise, an iconic and widely recognized series of obstacle course challenges spanning the globe. CELSIUS will mark its presence at Tough Mudder events through sampling opportunities, consumer engagements and sponsored branding on one of the most legendary teamwork obstacles, Everest, across all event formats. Additionally, it will serve as an Official Sponsor of the Toughest Mudder and World’s Toughest Mudder race series.  CELSIUS will have a considerable brand presence on multiple video platforms as Tough Mudder has grown into a media and entertainment brand with content featured on CBS, The CW, Facebook and YouTube garnering millions of viewers throughout the year.

“When we think about CELSIUS consumers, we think about individuals who want and need a lifestyle brand that is proven to function and provides healthy energy – a drink for those who strive to ‘Live Fit.’  Like CELSIUS, Tough Mudder is a brand that is growing exponentially in the fitness channel,” said Celsius Holding Inc.’s Chief Financial Officer and interim President and CEO, John Fieldly. “Throughout this partnership, CELSIUS will be introduced to the more than three million members of Mudder Nation and we’re certain that Tough Mudder fans will choose to incorporate the brand into their extraordinary lifestyles.” 

“CELSIUS is an excellent fit to be the Presenting Sponsor of the Tough Mudder Challenge Series as they too encourage their followers to be Tougher Together, live courageously and achieve personal goals, all while having fun,” said Will Dean, Founder and CEO of Tough Mudder.  “CELSIUS exudes the same drive for innovation, level of excellence and unstoppable growth, as Tough Mudder. With their ever increasing brand visibility, and continued flourishing following, we look forward to a long and successful partnership.”

Tough Mudder is a brand built on teamwork, courage, personal accomplishment and fun. Last year, CELSIUS was tested for receptivity as a Tough Mudder Local Sponsor in ten cities. It was embraced by participants and organizers alike because it speaks to the spirit of Tough Mudder, given CELSIUS’ “Live Fit” brand tagline. CELSIUS provided samples pre-event, delivering delicious, and thermogenic energy to accelerate participants’ performance levels to help endure a series of demanding obstacle courses that test strength, grit and stamina.

“We couldn’t think of a better partnership investment between two fast-growing and forward-thinking health and fitness brands. We love the brand association in the minds of our target demographic. CELSIUS has shown significant growth more recently, particularly with our brand repositioning and new line launches last year. We are an award-winning, front runner in our category and Tough Mudder is a world-wide winner of a brand,” said Vanessa Walker, Executive Vice President, Marketing and Innovation. “This partnership provides CELSIUS with a strategic marketing initiative both with the experimental on-site aspect and with our retailer partners across the fitness, military, e-commerce and traditional channels.”

Challenge Series participants will have the choice of sampling original and natural sparkling flavors of CELSIUS: Cucumber Lime, Grapefruit, Orange, Grape Rush, Watermelon, Wild Berry, Orange Pomegranate, Cola – and two non-carbonated flavors – Peach Mango and Raspberry Acai. CELSIUS is available in 12oz cans and is non-GMO, gluten free, Kosher, Vegan-Accepted, contains 100% of seven essential vitamins with no aspartame or high fructose corn syrup and no artificial preservatives or flavors.

Mudders who participate in Toughest Mudder and World’s Toughest Mudder, will also be introduced to CELSIUS HEAT, the thermogenic, trainer-grade pre-workout packed with 300mg and 2,000mg of L-citrulline. CELSIUS HEAT comes in 16oz cans and is geared towards serious fitness consumers, trainers, athletes and military personnel who are interested in products that will take their training to the next level. Its carbonated line consists of Inferno Punch, Cherry Lime, Blueberry Pomegranate, Strawberry Dragonfruit, Tangerine Grapefruit and the two newest additions, Apple Jack’d and Orangesicle.

Registration and spectator tickets are available for all Tough Mudder 2018 events. For more information, visit  Visit the CELSIUS® corporate website at to learn more, or the branded websites: and


Founded in 2010 with the launch of the Tough Mudder obstacle course event series, Tough Mudder Inc. has become a leading global sports, active lifestyle and media brand. With more than 3 million participants, the company hosts more than 130 non-competitive (Mini Mudder; Tough Mudder 5K, Tough Mudder Half, and Tough Mudder Full) and competitive (Tougher, Toughest, Tough Mudder X and World’s Toughest Mudder) events annually in 11 countries including China, Dubai, Indonesia, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand through its partnerships with IMG, Seroja, Invictus Events and Entertainment, and Sports Media and Entertainment 360 (SME360). The company’s content arm provides the more than 7.6 million engaged online brand enthusiasts with fitness, nutrition and wellness content delivered daily across social and digital platforms. Tough Mudder broadcast, OTT and Live Stream programming can be seen worldwide through partnerships with CBS Sports, Facebook, Sky Sports, The CW Network and ESPN Media Distribution. Other sponsorship and distribution partners include CELSIUS, Merrell, KILL CLIFF, Guinness, Samsung, Lucozade Sport, Toyo Tires, Kingstone Press, Black Tower Wines, TREK, Strandgut, Snap and Live Stream.


Celsius Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq: CELH), founded in April, 2004, is a global company with a proprietary, clinically proven formula for its brand CELSIUS. Celsius Holdings, Inc. has a corporate mission to become the global leader of a branded portfolio consisting of proprietary, clinically proven innovations that offer significant health benefits. CELSIUS’ Original Line comes in seven delicious sparkling and non-carbonated flavors in sleek 12oz cans and is also available in two flavors of on-the-go powders, in boxes containing 14 count single-serve sticks. CELSIUS’ Natural Line is available in six refreshing flavors: three sparkling and three non-carbonated. This line is naturally caffeinated and naturally sweetened.

New to the portfolio, CELSIUS HEAT is a trainer’s grade version of the same clinically proven MetaPlus Blend formula, and, for those desiring the next level of fitness, contains an additional 100mg of caffeine and 2,000mg of L-citrulline, a vasodilator. CELSIUS HEAT is sold in 16oz cans and is available in seven carbonated flavors: Inferno Punch, Cherry Lime, Blueberry Pomegranate, Strawberry Dragonfruit, Tangerine Grapefruit, Apple Jack’d and Orangesicle. CELSIUS HEAT is a thermogenic pre-workout drink and targets professional trainers, competitive athletes, the military and first responders. CELSIUS HEAT was developed for those seeking a trainer-grade version of CELSIUS versus the Original Line, which is sold in a smaller can package and appeals to the masses as an active lifestyle brand.

CELSIUS has zero sugar, no preservatives, no aspartame, no high fructose corn syrup, and is non-GMO, with no artificial flavors or colors. The CELSIUS line of products is Certified Kosher and Vegan. CELSIUS is also soy and gluten-free, and contains very little sodium. CELSIUS is sold nationally at fitness clubs, 7-Eleven, Sprouts, The Fresh Market and key regional retailers such as HEB, Publix, Winn-Dixie, Harris Teeter, Shaw’s and others including online e-tailers like Amazon.

CELSIUS’ functional claims are backed by six published university studies. The first study was conducted in 2005 and additional studies from the University of Oklahoma were conducted over the next five years. The studies were published in peer-reviewed journals and validate the unique benefits that CELSIUS provides. For more information, please visit

About the Author

- Bryanna Basilio is a staff writer, reporter, and social media strategist for The Boca Raton Tribune. She attends Palm Beach State College majoring in International Relations.

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