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"Tough Mudder" Competition Coming To Belmont County This Summer

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Tough Mudder is a boot camp style foot race that's sweeping the nation.

The two-day events are drawing thousands of people, both participants and spectators.

And in August, the Pittsburgh area event will be held--not in Pittsburgh--but in Belmont County, Ohio.

The owners of Powerline Park outside St. Clairsville have gotten 100 phone calls only a  few days after signing the contract.

It's all over social media.

Tough Mudder is coming to Powerline.

This nearly one thousand acre park is home to motorcycle and four-wheeler races, even to the American Motorcycle Association's Grand Nationals.

But this is the first time Powerline will host a foot race, people running through tough conditions.

Tough Mudder will come in and build the obstacle courses.

"They will come in two weeks ahead of time to start building the stuff," says Gary Eaton, Powerline Park co-owner.

Eaton says the company told him to expect 15,000 to 25,000 people on August 24 and 25, people bringing money into the Ohio Valley.

"And they calculate $2 to $5 million coming into the valley," Eaton said. "That will go to hotels, restaurants, fuel."

For 10 to 12 miles, contestants run, walk and crawl through all kinds of tough obstacles.

"Yeah, I think there's a log crawl, you run through water, you run through rocks," he noted.

And he says they're also looking for people to work the event.

For more information, log on to toughmudder.com.