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Tough Mudder Death Shows Risk of Extreme Endurance Events

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A competitor in a 2012 Tough Mudder in West Dover, Vermont.

A competitor jumps into a vat of ice water during a Tough Mudder event in West Dover, Vermont, on July 15, 2012. A young man drowned after competing in a Tough Mudder in West Virginia in April 2013.

Photograph by Jessica Rinaldi, Reuters

Luna Shyr

for National Geographic News

The first fatality in a Tough Mudder endurance event this past weekend raises a dire prospect that’s typically far from the minds of participants or buried in the fine print of contracts.

Such extreme activities, with names like Rugged Maniac and Warrior Dash,have surged in popularity. Their novelty challenges include crawling under live wires, plunging into an icy dumpster, and dangling from monkey bars coated with butter and mud.

At best, such obstacle courses push mental and physical stamina and build teamwork; at worst, people get injured or even…

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