November 24, 2014

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Tough Mudder may return but is looking for new site

AMHERST — Tough Mudder may be returning to the area, according to an email sent to city officials from Barb Bickel, executive director of Visit Lorain County.

Tough Mudder, an extreme obstacle course boasted as the “toughest event on the planet,” made its home at the Amherst Quarry in early April. The weekend event brought approximately $1 million in revenue to Lorain County, according to Bickel.

Mudder participants traveled from across Ohio, Michigan and even as far as Aruba to complete the obstacle course in Amherst. Bickel said hotels were filled and restaurants packed during the weekend of the event.

Bickel wrote in her email to community leaders, “Tough Mudder was very happy with the enthusiasm and participation of Lorain County as a whole. They would like to come back again this year but, for various reasons, are looking for a different site to hold the event.”

According to Bickel, Tough Mudder officials are looking for 450 acres of land with some parking available on-site with shuttling to and from parking areas as an option. The site, which would preferably be “farm field,” would need to be closed off for approximately one week leading up to the event.

Bickel said she is looking for someone who would be willing to rent land for the event, which is slated to take place April 27 and 28.

“They are looking for someone to develop a relationship and return multiple years,” she wrote.

Bickel did not return calls for comment Wednesday, and a Tough Mudder spokesperson could not be reached.

Contact Chelsea Miller at 329-7123 or cmiller@chroniclet.com.