Tough Mudder fined in Maryland

Contestants wade through muddy water at Tough Mudder race in Vermont last year. Maryland fined organizers $25,000 for not controlling muddy runoff from the race course built in Frederick last September. (Jessica Rinaldi / August 15, 2013)

The mud apparently got out of control at the Tough Mudder obstacle race held last September in Frederick. Organizers of the event were fined $25,000 for sediment and erosion violations that fouled Big Tuscarora Creek, the Maryland Department of the Environment disclosed Thursday.

A state inspector found heavy rains washing "a continuous large flow of sediment-laden water" off areas of Crumland Farm where dirt had been piled up while building the 12-mile obstacle course over which the race was held, according to a report released by MDE. Muddy water also was seen flowing off areas used for parking, the inspector said.

The second day of the two-day event was canceled by local authorities after prospective race participants backed up traffic for miles trying to get to the farm on the first day, according to Gazette.Net.

The race group's US organizers, based in Brooklyn, N.Y., paid the penalty in May to settle the state's charges, MDE documents show, though the group did not acknowledge any wrongoing in the settlement agreement.