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Come May 19, Somerset is going to get muddy.

The Tough Mudder event is coming to the Somerset Amphitheater on May 19 and 20.

According to its website, Tough Mudder is probably the toughest event on the planet.

"Tough Mudder is not your average lame mud run or spirit-crushing 'endurance' road race. Our 10-12 mile obstacle courses are designed by British Special Forces to test all-around strength, stamina, mental grit and camaraderie," the website claims.

Among the grueling 29 obstacles are: The Trenches, full of thick mud; Boa constrictor, crawling through pathways of pipes; multiple 12-foot high Berlin walls; The Firewalker, a hot run through kerosene soaked straw; and Electroshock Therapy, a sprint through a field of live wires, some of which carry a 10,000 volt shock.

To see a map of the proposed course and a complete list of obstacles, go to

Once the Tough Mudder organization has a final route complete, it will be brought to the Somerset Village Board for approval.

At the plan commission meeting on March 1, the board did not see any issues with the event.

The proposed course does cross some private land, and the organization will need to get permission from the property owners before proceeding.

The organization is working with security, traffic, fire and medical personnel in the village to prepare for the event.

Village Clerk Pam Donohoe said 3,000 to 5,000 runners are expected to participate in each of the two days of the event. She said the event will also bring thousands of spectators to the village.

Village President Jeffrey Johnson said the owner of the Somerset Amphitheater is working on ways to get Somerset on the map on a positive note, and he's hoping the Tough Mudder event in May will be a success.

The board will continue to discuss the event as more information becomes available.

For more information about the event, go to

Gretta Stark

Gretta Stark has been a reporter for the River Falls Journal since July of 2013. She previously worked as a reporter for the New Richmond News from June 2012 to July 2013. She holds a BA in Print and Electronic Media from Wartburg College.

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