11:06 PM EST, January 9, 2013
A portion of Tabler Station Business Park will be used for parking for the Tough Mudder endurance series event scheduled for April 20 and 21 in southern Berkeley County.
The Berkeley County Development Authority’s board of directors agreed Wednesday to lease a portion of the business park for $10,000 for parking, authority Executive Director Stephen Christian said after the meeting.
Organizers of Tough Mudder will use the area of the business park that has been used for parking for the Thunder Over the Blue Ridge Open House and Air Show, Christian said.
The Peacemaker National Training Center at 1624 Brannons Ford Road is listed as the location for the Tough Mudder Mid-Atlantic Spring event, according to the Tough Mudder website.
Cole McCulloch, president of the firearms training complex near the small Berkeley County community of Glengary, W.Va., said he signed an agreement last month to host a Tough Mudder event.
Created by a former counterterrorism agent for the British government, Tough Mudder events challenge participants to complete muddy 10- to 12-mile obstacle courses that are designed to test all-around strength, stamina, mental grit and camaraderie of participants, according to the company’s website.
The first Tough Mudder event was held in 2010 near Allentown, Pa., and the series since has raised more than $3 million for the Wounded Warrior Project, according to the Tough Mudder website.
The Wounded Warrior Project provides programs and services to severely injured service members during the time between active duty and transition to civilian life.
More than 460,000 people participated in 35 Tough Mudder events in 2012, including one in Frederick, Md., that was canceled after the first day due to traffic disruption and unsafe conditions for motorists.
To avoid similar problems, McCulloch said in December that he hoped to have participants shuttled from the business park by buses to a location off W.Va. 45 near the firearms training center.
The shuttle plan is designed to avoid causing traffic congestion on McCubbins Hollow and Brannons Ford roads, which lead to the firearms training center, McCulloch said.
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