“Tough Mudder” Super Race Under Review Following Fatality
The Tough Mudder, a popular 12-mile adventure race complete with obstacles, plenty of mud, and a beer at the finish line, is reviewing its obstacles and procedures following the tragic death of a participant in a water obstacle at a Tough Mudder event at the Peacemaker National Training Center near Glengary, West Virginia.
Avishek Sengupta, a 28 year-old from Ellicott City, Maryland, was found in the water in the “Walk the Plank obstacle on Saturday, April 22nd, and died the following day at a hospital in Falls Church, Virginia.
Tough Mudder is a prominent supporter of the Wounded Warrior project, and has raised over $5.5 million dollars to fund programs for wounded servicemembers.
The Walk the Plan obstacle requires participants to climb a platform and then jump 15 feet into a pool of water, then swim out.
“We are undergoing a thorough review of the protocol for all obstacles, including the one that was involved in this incident. We are also internally reviewing how we brief and manage our water safety personnel,” Ashley Pinakiewicz, the corporate communications director for Tough Mudder said in a telephone interview with The Journal.
Peacemaker National Training Center director Cole McCullough said that despite the death and the 19 other people hospitalized, including two heart attacks, the event went “very well” overall, according to reporting from the Herald-Mail.
I know what you’re thinking: Where do I sign up for the next one?
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