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Tough Mudder endurance challenge this weekend at Mount St. Louis Moonstone 0

By Nicki Cruickshank, Barrie Examiner

Think you’re tough enough to conquer some intense muddy terrain?

Those taking part in the Tough Mudder obstacle course bet they are, and they’re going to prove it this weekend.

Tough Mudder is a 16-kilometre endurance challenge designed by British Special Forces, and it’s taking place Aug. 18 and 19 at Mount St. Louis Moonstone Ski Resort.

“This is the first time it’s taking place in Ontario. It started in 2010 in Europe and is big in the United States,” said Beth McSherry, a spokeswoman for Tough Mothers, one of 2,500 competing teams. “It’s a huge race and it’s really challenging. It’s basically what the British military are trained to do. It’s a similar event to Warrior Dash.”

McSherry said the team she’s cheering for has one very tough mother named Samantha Boughen, a 31-year-old mother of two from Clinton, Ontario, who recently overcame intestinal cancer and a stroke.

“She’s been training for this. She’s amazing,” said McSherry.

Competitors will be forced to endure extremely rugged terrain, including steep inclines, water hazards and 25 military-style obstacles testing their toughness, fitness, strength, stamina, mental grit and teamwork.

Saturday is expected to see 15,000 people competing, with another 3,000 on Sunday.

“People will be coming from all across Canada, including the Barrie area, and some from the U.S.,” McSherry said. “It’s more about teamwork than about having the fastest time.”

The race is in support of Wounded Warrior Project, an organization that supports injured soldiers world-wide.

This is an inaugural event for the ski resort, and they hope it could become the annual locale.

For more information, visit www.toughmudder.com.

nichole.cruickshank@sunmedia.ca

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