ANDOVER, N.Y. (WIVB) - Would you run through live wires, jump into icy cold waters, run through fire or crawl under barbed wire? Those are some of the obstacles on the nearly 12-mile course that is the Tough Mudder. This weekend the Tough Mudder Buffalo is taking place in Andover.
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Crawling through ice on your belly with live electric wires above, waiting to shock you with 10 thousand volts, that's just one of the many military style obstacles along the 10-12 mile course that supports wounded warriors.
Forget about a relaxing weekend. Saturday and Sunday western New Yorkers up for a dangerous physical and mental challenge will be in Andover to compete in what's become a national craze. Tough Mudder events are hardcore designed by the British Special Forces.
Only 78% of participants successfully complete each challenge. Tough Mudders are required to say a pledge and put teamwork and camaraderie before their race time. 700,000 people have participated worldwide to date and more than $5 million has been raised for the Wounded Warrior Project.
But the so-called toughest event on the planet has turned deadly in the past. In West Virginia a man died when he jumped 12 feet into a muddy pool and never came back up. Despite the tragedy, people say they understand the risk.
The event is so dangerous that when you sign up there is a declaration you have to sign that says, "I understand that participating in the Tough Mudder event, there is a risk of serious injury and or death."
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