July 25, 2016

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Tough Mudder event moving to Mansfield

The Tough Mudder obstacle course competition — billed as “one of the toughest events on the planet”  — is moving to Mansfield.
Corey Chislow, 21, of Seville, will be going, too.

“Yeah, I’m planning on doing it,” the Bowling Green State University student said Sunday.

Chislow completed the course in about three hours and twenty minutes when the race was run in April at the South Amherst Quarry in Lorain County.

Next year’s competition, scheduled for April 27 and 28, will be on 490 acres of land owned by the city of Manfield, next to Lahm Airport.

According to the city’s website, the sponsor, Tough Mudder LLC, has entered into a five-year contract with Mansfield City Council to host the event.

Tough Mudder is a 10- to 12-mile obstacle course designed by British Special Forces that forces competitors to climb barriers, wade through ice water and get shocked by electrical wires.

The 2012 competition at South Amherst Quarry drew approximately 13,000 participants and brought in more than $1 million in revenue to the area economy, said Barb Bickel, executive director of Visit Lorain County.

Bickel said Tough Mudder LLC was happy with the turnout in April and was looking to return to Lorain County. Spots under consideration were the Lorain County Regional Airport and the vacant Eastside Industrial Park in Lorain.

But Bickel said there were some problems receiving approval from the Federal Aviation Administration and the company was looking for a long-term arrangement.

“I think, ultimately, they wanted to sign a long-term contract,” she said. “I think that was part of it.”

Bickel said Visit Lorain County is disappointed that Tough Mudder will not be returning to the area, but she is looking forward to organizing a new event, the Ohio Police and Fire Games, scheduled in June.

The games will feature shooting, track and field and a triathlon event.

“We’re always looking at new events to bring people in,” Bickel said. “(Tough Mudder was) great to work with. We’re sorry to see them go, but we were glad to work with them.”

Contact reporter Kiera Manion-Fischer at (330) 721-4049 or kfischer@medina-gazette.com.

Contact reporter Chelsea Miller at 329-7123 or cmiller@chroniclet.com.

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