Mud Hero Urban Obstacle Race Breathes New Life into Ontario Place

10,000 Participants Expected Over Two Day Event

TORONTO, April 7, 2015 /CNW/ - Canada's premier mud/obstacle event series is going decidedly urban this spring with a race at Toronto's storied Ontario Place. On May 22nd and 23rd thousands will have the opportunity to participate in Canada's only true urban obstacle event – Mud Hero Urban - right here in the heart of the city! Over six kilometers participants will climb, crawl, jump, slip and slide their way to the muddy finish en-route to an epic post-event bash (and a check off their "bucket list").

"Mud Hero Urban is the first obstacle event of its kind in Canada," says Mud Hero founder and CEO Adam Ruppel. "It's totally unheard of to host an obstacle event like this within a downtown core given the logistics of building the course and accommodating thousands of participants. Ontario Place provides a very unique opportunity for us to create an event that will provide easy access to Torontonians and a vibrant destination race for out-of-towners."

The event will take place over two days, offering wave starts throughout the day and into the evening on Friday to attract the after-work crowd. On Saturday the first wave takes off at 9:30 a.m. and the final (muddiest) wave is at 4:30 p.m. More than 16 obstacles will challenge participants along the way. For two consecutive days the races will be followed by a massive bash featuring DJs, bands, BBQ and beverages. More than 10,000 are expected to participate over the course of the weekend.

Unlike some events, Mud Hero is not punishing – offering participants the option to tackle easy or difficult variations of some obstacles. "It really is a race for everyone," says Ruppel. "Our participants are not elite athletes. They are people who want to challenge themselves a bit, get muddy and have a great time with their friends. It's all about the accomplishment."

Over the last few years the popularity of obstacle events has exploded. In 2014 more than 250,000 Canadians participated in obstacle races across the country. These events vary in length and feature a range of obstacles from mud pits to climbing walls. Unlike traditional running events, participation in obstacle races transcends fitness, appealing to both seasoned athletes and weekend warriors alike. In 2014 Mud Hero is expecting more than 70,000 to its races across Canada.

www.mudhero.com

Photo and interview opportunities are available, as well as complimentary media entries.

SOURCE Get Out There Communications, Inc.

Image with caption: "More than 10,000 participants are expected to tackle obstacles and mud pits at the Mud Hero Urban Toronto race at Ontario Place on May 22nd and 23rd. The race is one of Mud Hero’s nation-wide series of events which expects to draw 70,000 participants this year. www.mudhero.com (CNW Group/Get Out There Communications, Inc.)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20150407_C4435_PHOTO_EN_13992.jpg

For further information: Marissa Schroder, 416-904-1590, marissa123@rogers.com, Get Out There Communications, Inc.

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