Tough Mudder’s event team is expected to meet with Berkeley County officials this month to discuss plans and resources for endurance series’ fall event near Martinsburg, which is slated for the same October weekend as the Mountain State Apple Harvest Festival.
“They are aware of the Mountain State Apple Harvest Festival in Berkeley County on the same weekend and are looking forward to working with the community then to ensure both events are fully resourced,” Tough Mudder spokesperson Ashley Pinakiewicz said Friday via email.
The two-day Mid-Atlantic Fall Tough Mudder is set for October 19-20, overlapping with the 34th year of the Apple Harvest Festival, which is scheduled for Oct. 17-20.
The county’s primary concern is the strain on emergency services by holding both events the same weekend, Berkeley County Administrative Officer Deborah Hammond said Thursday.
The availability of volunteers as well as accommodations likely would be stretched, according to Hammond, who joined leaders of the Martinsburg-Berkeley County Convention & Visitors Bureau and Martinsburg-Berkeley County Chamber of Commerce in a teleconference this week with Tough Mudder.
Officials had said more than 13,000 people registered for the Mid-Atlantic Spring event last month.
One participant, an Ellicott City, Md., man drowned, prompting Tough Mudder officials to review their procedures.
The man was submerged in a pool at an obstacle for a lengthy period of time resulting in “irrecoverable brain damage,” Berkeley County Sheriff’s Deputy Sgt. Ted Snyder said Thursday in a statement via email.
“The case has been ruled an accident,” Snyder said via email Thursday. “There is no indication of any criminal or accidental behavior on behalf of any other participant.”
The nearly 12-mile muddy obstacle course was staged for the first time at Peacemaker National Training Center near Glengary, W.Va., and is slated to return there this fall. The owner of the firearm training center complex has said he had a three-year contract with Tough Mudder to hold the event.
Hammond said Tough Mudder’s parking arrangements, which entailed having participants and spectators take shuttle buses from Tabler Station Business Park to the event’s location went “very, very smooth.”
Berkeley County Development Authority executive director Stephen Christian said Friday that some debris left behind at the business park was relatively minor and had been addressed.
Traffic conditions caused by the Tough Mudder last year in Frederick prompted the city of Frederick to take steps to tighten the regulation of large outdoor events.
The Frederick News-Post reported this week that the Board of Aldermen voted Thursday to require city permits for private events where more than 2,000 people are expected. Frederick police say the requirement will help them provide safety and security.
The Tough Mudder in Frederick was cut short in September 2012 after 20,000 people showed up, causing a traffic jam on U.S. 15.
Event organizers said they would return but the Tough Mudder website shows no events planned in Maryland this year.