This is not the first report of mud race borne illness. In 2012, 22 individuals contracted campylobacter coli after competing in a Tough Mudder course, according to the CDC. The suspected cause of illness may be due to the fact that these events often occur on farmlands or large plots of land in which animals have… made their deposits. When the virus and/or bacteria gets mixed in with the mud, the competitor may accidentally ingest particles and the results can be quite nasty.
Next time you demonstrate your athletic prowess in the mud, just be aware that you may be coming away with more than cuts, scrapes, and bruises; your bowels may have also adopted some new friends.