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October 5, 2013 at 8:48 PM

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Mud, sweat & no tears


ALAN BERNER / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Taking on what is billed as the "premier obstacle course in the world," Tough Mudder participants crawl Saturday through the cold water of the "electric eel," where a shock is delivered to those who raise their heads up or try to crawl through on their knees. The event, which continues Sunday, is expected to bring more than 10,000 people to Black Diamond's Palmer Coking Coal Co.

ALAN BERNER / THE SEATTLE TIMES

In "walk the plank," Tough Mudders have to be careful not to land on those in the water below. Those who make it to the finish line are met with a beer and a live band. The obstacle courses are designed by British Special Forces. More info: toughmudder.com.

ALAN BERNER / THE SEATTLE TIMES

James O'Brien, of San Mateo, Calif., is going to have to get his suit cleaned after participating in his 14th Tough Mudder. He says he bought the Burberry suit cheap on eBay just for the event. Other Mudders assist him up this sloppy hill, an expected courtesy.

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