LORAIN COUNTY: A world-wide extreme obstacle course challenge is headed to South Amherst April 14th and 15th.
The Tough Mudder, an 11.5 mile, 26 obstacle event will take place at the Buckeye Quarry--the world's largest sandstone quarry.
The two day event already has over 15,000 registered participants from around the world. Thousands more will be in town to watch.
A muddy, tiresome test of strength of mind, body and spirit, it is like no other athletic event around.
The Tough Mudder, which raises money for The Wounded Warrior Project, is more of a challenge than a race.
While anyone can register to participate, the obstacle course is taxing even for the best athletes.
Some of the obstacles include a climb up an 18 foot, nearly vertical wall, slick with oil. A dash through fire. A plunge into 38 degree water. A crawl through a curtain of chords, charged to 10,000 electric volts.
For the first time, Ohio is in on the action.
South Amherst will host the Ohio/Michigan Tough Mudder, one of only 14 worldwide events scheduled this year.
Organizers liked the idea of the quarry as a unique landscape for the course. Crews have spent the last couple of weeks building obstacles and clearing trails on the property.
And it's the talk of the town in South Amherst, a village that boasts only 683 homes, ten businesses and six churches.
Bars and restaurants are planning specials to host the athletes and spectators.
At Church Street Bar and Grill, the Tough Mudder is expected to bring the biggest single weekend for business, ever.
As a sponsor of the event, Church Street Bar and Grill is holding happy hour with half-priced food and drink from 11-9, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Throughout Lorain County, hotels are almost completely booked.
The Lorain County Visitors Bureau is working hard to make sure all the out-of-towners have a chance to see what the area has to offer.
The hope is, people will find an abundance of outdoor activities and recreation in Lorain, and come back on their own to visit in the future.
While registration for the Tough Mudder is closed, tickets are still available to join in from the sidelines.
Tickets are $20 if purchased ahead of time. Food, drinks, and live music are a part of the event.
Check out the links on this page to learn more about the Tough Mudder, parking, and to purchase tickets.
You'll also find information from the Lorain County Visitors Bureau on local activities.