Tough Mudder attracts thousands to Ceraland course

Organizers of the Inaugural Tough Mudder Indiana Classic were hoping for 5,000 competitors and another 1,500 spectators on Saturday.

As it turned out, about that many spectators came to Ceraland, but about 6,000 competitors braved the 8-mile and 5K courses.

“This a little bit exceeded what our best estimates were,” said Ike DeClue, director of sales and business development for Columbus Visitors Center. “Originally, when we signed the contract to bring the event here, the target was 5,000 competitors, so we beat that, which is just phenomenal.”

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