Mount Pleasant farm hosts Tough Mudder endurance event Nov. 2-3
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Friday, Oct. 25, 2013

Mount Pleasant farm hosts Tough Mudder endurance event Nov. 2-3

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- MARCIA MORRIS
Virginia Foil offered her family farm in Mount Pleasant as the site for the Tough Mudder obstacle course. Her son, Bill, has been preparing the farm, cutting grass, moving cows and hay and working with crews to create the course.

Virginia Foil believes Mount Pleasant needs a little excitement, and she’s doing her part to make that happen. Her farm will be the site for Tough Mudder Nov. 2-3, an event that’s expected to attract 8,000 to 10,000 people.

Tough Mudder is a 12-mile, hard-core obstacle course featuring challenges with colorful names like Electric Eel, Arctic Enema and Greased Lightning. Tough Mudder likes to keep specific course details secret, but participants know to expect plenty of mud, water, ropes, walls, fire and even electric shocks.

According to the website www.toughmudder.com, the average time to complete the course is three to four hours, and an average of only 78 percent of participants are able to finish.

Leonard Eudy of Mount Pleasant plans to be among the finishers. He’s entered Tough Mudder with a group of guys from his church fitness group.

A sports enthusiast all his life, Eudy, 50, said there aren’t a lot of challenges left for him, and Tough Mudder will test all his skills: distance running, strength and endurance.

The group’s plan is to complete the course together, working as a team. In fact, Eudy said, Tough Mudder requires teamwork to complete many of the challenges. He’s counting on the support of his sons Justin, 26, and Clayton, 21, who will take on the course with him.

Eudy said he has issues with enclosed spaces and is counting on having his sons with him in the Boa Constrictor obstacle, which involves crawling through a series of pipes. Eudy is confident he can make it through with one son in front and one behind.

Mount Pleasant and the Foil Farm came to be the site for Tough Mudder through the work of the Cabarrus County Convention & Visitors’ Bureau.

Communications manager Julie Hinson said the bureau’s sales team first met with Tough Mudder representatives a year ago and began searching for a 350- to 400-acre parcel that could accommodate the event. That led them to Foil and her farm in Mount Pleasant.

Foil said the Tough Mudder people have been “very nice” to her and her family as they’ve “built all kinds of obstacles for them to run over, jump over and climb over.”

Although she is excited about the event, Foil said participating is beyond her. She had to give up that sort of thing when she turned 86, she said.

She thinks this event will be good for the community: “There’s been nothing like this since the college boys left.”

Vagn Hansen, a project planner with Benchmark, is working with the town of Mount Pleasant to prepare for an influx of thousands of people. He’s dealing with such issues as parking, public safety and security, while the Convention & Visitors Bureau is helping visitors with accommodations.

Foil has been busy because, “When you invite people on your farm, you want it to be presentable.”

The town’s going to be ready, too, for a whole lot of excitement.

Marcia Morris is a freelance writer. Have a story idea for Marcia? Email her at easterncabarruswriter@gmail.com.

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