This year’s Tough Mudder contest has left its participants with a potential gastrointestinal problem. The Michigan Department of Community Health has confirmed that the Norovirus has made over 200 contestants ill. Runners that participated in the event held at the Michigan International Speedway last weekend started reporting symptoms to county or state health departments.
MDCH Bureau of Laboratories reports that lab tests have confirmed a norovirus among the athletes competing in a 10-12 mile obstacle course designed to test endurance. The symptoms of the norovirus, chills, headache, muscle aches, and fatigue were reported by both runners and spectators.
The Michigan Department of Community Health issued a press release yesterday stating facts concerning the virus and also reported that there is not a specific medicine to treat the virus.
Norovirus is transmitted through touching virus-contaminated surfaces and objects, eating or drinking contaminated food, or by direct person-to-person contact. It is highly transmittable and hand sanitizers are not effective against the virus. Good personal hygiene, including frequent hand washing with warm, soapy water for 20 seconds is crucial to preventing the spread of the disease.
The Michigan Department of Community Health also urges that participants and spectators at the Tough Mudder competition that start to show symptoms of the virus are urged to avoid contact with others for at least 48-72 hours after the symptoms stop.
Tough Mudder website states that:
events are hardcore 10-12 mile obstacle courses designed by British Special Forces to test your all around strength, stamina, mental grit, and camaraderie. Only 78% of entrants successfully complete each challenge. With the most innovative courses, 700,000 inspiring participants worldwide to date, and more than $5 million raised for the Wounded Warrior Project, Tough Mudder is the premier adventure challenge series in the world. But Tough Mudder is more than an event; it’s a way of thinking. By running a Tough Mudder challenge, you’ll unlock a true sense of accomplishment, have a great time, and discover camaraderie with your fellow participants that’s experienced all too rarely these days.