Death during a local mud run / tough mudder / warrior challenge.

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    Apr 16, 2012 2:08 AM GMT
    Friendly reminder to stay safe during these events. If one leg of the race is to swim through a river, well make sure you know how swim in something other then a pool.


    FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – A participant in the annual Original Mud Run event slipped while traversing the Trinity River and was pulled under and died, Fort Worth Fire Dept. spokesman Timothy Hardeman said.

    The event was held at LaGrave Field and the man was reported missing after the event was finished on Saturday. Fort Worth Police and Fire departments filed a missing persons report and began searching, but had to call it off a few hours later at nightfall, Hardeman said.

    The man’s body was found at 10:54 a.m. Sunday in the Trinity River. Hardeman said the man’s friends and family were present after the race. He has not been identified nor has a cause of death been announced.

    “Currently we are making ourselves available to assist the family in any way we can with their grief,” a Mud Run spokesperson said in an email. “Safety is paramount in our events and we are profoundly saddened by the loss of one of our participants.”

    The spokesperson promised to issue a more formal statement on Monday and declined to be identified when asked.

    Hardeman said it took divers about 15 minutes to recover the man’s body after a brief storm delay.

    “Our divers are used to working in this environment. This is part of what they train on, the Trinity River,” he said. “Again, the weather played a part in when we could get into the water.”

    The Original Mud Run is annual military-style obstacle course where participants run, swim, climb and pull themselves along a 5 kilometer course or a 10 kilometer one, according to its website.

    Obstacles include a simulated mine field, a rope swing, walking along logs and crawling through a mud pit. This is the event’s 15th year. YouTube video shows participants swimming across the Trinity. They can take part individually or with a team.

    The event’s site urges participants to consult their doctor beforehand.

    “Although none of the obstacles are impossible or dangerous, they do require a certain level of strength and fitness and the potential exists for injury due to falls, trips and crawling,” the Original Mud Run’s website warns.

    The site says volunteers served as safety monitors throughout the course.
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    Apr 16, 2012 2:26 AM GMT
    Oooops!
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    Apr 16, 2012 2:44 AM GMT
    "..participants swimming across the Trinity.."

    FUCK THE PROMOTERS.

    They should not have designed a course that requires swimming across a RIVER. A creek with knee high water is fine. But not a river, with currents. icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Apr 16, 2012 3:18 AM GMT
    My heart goes out to all the family.

    Yes, there should be a review of safety procedures, but sporting events of all types cary some degree of risk. Even something as simple as running can do it.
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    Apr 16, 2012 3:38 AM GMT
    Knowing that region of the country, it makes me wonder if the cause of death might be lightning.

    Either way, that really sucks.
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    Apr 16, 2012 5:02 AM GMT
    I knew anything involving getting muddy would lead to eventual tragedy.
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    Apr 16, 2012 5:10 AM GMT
    Why do we feel the need to extend ourselves beyond what is safe. I have run races and my family does triathalons so I get the exhileration of pushing yourselves beyond yourself. But "tough Mudder" is crazy
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    Apr 16, 2012 5:30 AM GMT
    tyler_helm saidWhy do we feel the need to extend ourselves beyond what is safe. I have run races and my family does triathalons so I get the exhileration of pushing yourselves beyond yourself. But "tough Mudder" is crazy
    Problem is, some/most people don't know their own limitations. Extreme enthusiasm kicks in and they go beyond without realizing it. So that's why these promoters need to stay on the safe side and design courses that account for the weekend warriors that think they're Army Rangers.
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    Apr 16, 2012 5:33 PM GMT
    To be fair, the Tough Mudder website (and the websites for other similar mud runs) have the entire course track and (most) every obstacle listed and pinned on the track map, complete with a brief description of each obstacle.
  • jmanorlando

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    Apr 16, 2012 5:44 PM GMT
    Sad news, but they often have spotters at key points to watch for things like this. And where we his friends? When we do the events we run together and no one is left behind, just sad to read.

    At some point I expect the Tough Mudder events to have someone pass away after jumping into the ice bath, the shock of 35 - 38 degree water will hit someone and they will have an attack. Most people can handle this but all it takes is one person with one issue to occur.
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    Apr 16, 2012 5:55 PM GMT
    I'm surprised it hasn't occurred more frequently. Just the nature of the events can be so taxing and people don't know their limits, or uncovered health issues. Hope his family feels solace that he was doing something out of passion.