Thousands Race In Kansas' First Tough Mudder

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TOPEKA, Kan (WIBW)-From jumping over fire, to crawling through mud, thousands of athletes are excited for the Tough Mudder competition.

"On a scale of 1 to 10, I'm a 12," said Courtney Long from Wichita, Kansas.

"It's kind of a challenge, you know a good experience," said Joe Dame from Kansas City.

Organizers say 9,500 participants competed in the 2 day event at Heartland Park. The challenge includes 18 obstacles from boosting each other over walls, challenging themselves with an 11.8 mile run, and running through electric shock. Participants are muddy every step of the way. This experience may be for the tough, but participants say they had some fears going into it.

"I'm kind of concerned about the electric shock, I heard that's a tough one," said John Gauntt, participant.

"Diving into the water, not a very good swimmer," says Long.

"To be honest, I'm really afraid of the ice cold water, that's not going to be fun," says Dame.

Afraid or not, participants splashed into ice cold water, but once completed they say its its the accomplishment that matters most and camaraderie with their teammates

"Hoorah!," shouts a team of Tough Mudders!

Tickets ranged from 100 to 200 dollars. Tough Mudder benefits the Wounded Warrior Project, they have raised over $6 million so far.