Mid-State 'Tough Mudder' Participant Claims To Have Contracted Skin Infection
by Jason Lamb
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. – Tough Mudder races are intense challenges that attract thousands of people all across the country, but a mid-state man who took part in one of the races said organizers need to do more to keep people safe.
Tough Mudder races are famous for their intense obstacles, often requiring people to crawl in mud and even slide through flames.
Gregg Sweatt competed in a race held in Spring Hill last month, and just days later, doctors said he had contracted the skin infection scabies and had mites that had burrowed into his skin.
In response to other reported incidents across the country, the Tough Mudder organization said bacterial outbreaks and infections are rare. They said they truck in thousands of gallons of freshwater to their courses, and are exploring options to test and treat water on site.
While the group said safety is its top priority, Gregg said the Tough Mudder races should do a better job making sure the course doesn't make people sick.
“When you have that many people in the area, you're supposed to keep things like that clean,” Sweatt said. “Every hour they have different groups (going through obstacles), every hour they should wipe that stuff down.”
This isn't the first time the Tough Mudder group has been accused of running races that are unsanitary.
In 2012, the Centers for Disease Control linked one of its races to Bacterial infection.