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Thursday, February 28, 2013

Contestants sue organisers in US extreme mud race...

Over the last few years, there have been a rise in the number of 'mud races' in the UK and Ireland. These basically mean that contestants have to run, walk and crawl through various obstacles along a course. Some however are not without their problems.

In an extreme mud race in Washington in late 2012, several people suffered broken bones during the event and are now suing the organisers saying the course was too extreme and unsafe. One particular obstacle of concern was a slope lined with watered-down plastic that turned into a 15-foot fall into a ravine.

One experienced 'mud runner' broke multiple bones in her ankle which required 11 screws to be fitted. Wendy Davis who is a police officier said..."I looked at my ankle and there was a large protrusion from the front where the bone dislocated from the femur. When I did this event and did that obstacle, I felt like it was beyond dangerous. It's not something a reasonable person would do."

A court will now decide when an extreme mud run becomes too extreme. Could the same happen here?

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