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Mud Runs Posing Hidden Health Risks?

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HUNTERSVILLE, NC - What kid doesn't like playing in the mud? It's fun for kids, and for the young at heart. Billy Shue has been participating in mud runs for years and has enjoyed every one of them.

On Saturday, he'll run the Warrior Dash: a 5 km race in Huntersville. The race involves running through and climbing over obstacles, and doing it all while covered head-to-toe in mud.

The CDC recently reported bacteria found in animal feces is what made 22 people sick after a 2012 Tough Mudder mud run and that has some people wondering what's in the mud they're covering themselves in for the sake of a good time.

"I mean there's always that chance that there could be stuff in there, but that's why as soon as you finish, you try to get sprayed off as quickly as possible..." says Billy.

Doctor Kyle Pope says he believes the 2012 Tough Mudder illnesses were an isolated incident. He says good hygiene is all you should need to keep from getting sick. 

"I think that just trying to keep your mouth closed and not ingest too much... good hand hygiene and usual precautions is probably the best part. Even when you get done, just taking a shower and washing your hands before having a beer," says Pope.

As for Saturday's mud run? Warrior Dash Race Director Caroline Van Fossan says the mud is probably isn't as 'dirty' as you think. 

"In terms of our mud pit, we do have a specific standard of dirt that we do get to put in our mud pit and that's what we try to do to ensure that our participants are safe," she says.

 With barbed wire and fire to worry about, Billy's not concerned about mud. 

 "I just want to go out there and do my best…enjoy my time."

Warrior Dash has never encountered a situation like the one after the 2012 Tough Mudder in Nevada, but Van Fossan says there are several precautions taken to make sure participants aren't exposed to dangerous bacteria. She insists a good time is a priority, but safety is paramount.

 

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