Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

April 22, 2013

Tough Mudder event returning to Mason

Obstacle course organizers cite success in 2012 as part of decision

MARLA TONCRAY
The Ledger Independent

MAYSVILLE — Organizers of the Tough Mudder obstacle course event have decided to return to Mason County after a successful event in 2012.

Scheduled for Oct. 19 and 20, the event drew 8,400 participants and 3,000 spectators to the Big Rock Off-Road Park in 2012.

Maysville officials said the event had a significant economic impact, with hotels booked for the weekend, as well as restaurants and local retailers also benefiting from competitors and visitors to the area.

Duke Ford, owner of Big Rock Off-Road Park recently signed a contract with Tough Mudder finalizing plans to host the 2013 Kentucky challenge.

Ford said he is happy Tough Mudder organizers decided to return to his facility and Mason County and he knows what a boom it was to the local economy. Ford said he hopes now that local citizens are more familiar with what the event is, they will choose to be a participant or come out to watch.

“It’s worth the price of admission,” Ford said of the grueling event.

Dubbed “Probably the Toughest Event on the Planet,” Tough Mudder challenges consist of 10- to 12-mile obstacle courses designed by British Special Forces to test all around strength, stamina, mental grit and camaraderie. This year, participants can expect an intense course containing new and improved obstacles, treacherous terrain including ravines and swamps and an excess of mud, according to TM organizers.

The city of Maysville and Mason County Fiscal Court were contributors to the success of the 2012 event. Meetings were held with Tough Mudder officials to see that all logistics and anticipated problems were addressed prior to the event, and as a result, it went off without a hitch, city officials said.

Tough Mudder is a supporter of Wounded Warrior Project and has contributed more than $5 million to support thousands of troops returning from the battlefield.

For more information on Tough Mudder, or to find out how to register, visit toughmudder.com.