BROOKLYN, Mich. (WOOD) - People across Michigan are sick after they ran in the Tough Mudder competition at the Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn.
"Tough Mudder is an obstacle course race," Casey O'Neill, who ran the race Saturday, said. "You run though obstacles like an ice, a dumpster filled with ice and water, you swim though that; you crawl though electric wire and get jolted with 10,000 volts of electricity; you jump over fire into a little water pit; you swim in a pond and underneath barrels."
People are experiencing nausea, high temperature, diarrhea and vomiting. According to the Michigan Department of Community Health, the symptoms can last up to 60 hours and the virus is very contagious.
"It is not just limited to participants. Given that it is spread so easily, we're also concerned about families as well, so someone who got sick at the event could bring this home to their family members as well," MDCH spokeswoman Angela Minicuci said.
Minicuci said the health department isn't yet sure how many people are ill or what exactly the virus is.
Thousands participated in the event, which was on Saturday and Sunday near Jackson. 24 Hour News 8 has been contacted by dozens of people who ran the race over the weekend are are now sick.
"I started feeling a little under the weather on Sunday," O'Neill said. "Just like a cold, stuffed up nose, sore throat, fatigue and tired a little bit."
O'Neill said he isn't surprised so many are getting sick:
"You're all going though the exact same water. You're sliding through the same mud and going through the same tunnels."
O'Neill also said he recgonizes the fact the course would be difficut to rid of germs.
"Espically when the whole point of the race is to run though mud and swim through muck and gross muddy ponds, and jump in water that thousands of people have jumped in before you did, and slide through three-foot-wide tubes that countless people have gone through before you. There is no way to go through and sanatize all of that," he said.
He also said the course was tough.
"It was pretty grueling. As we got further and further along the 12-mile course, there were more and more people on the sidelines getting their legs stretched out because they were cramping up. Actually, there were a couple people that got put into an ambulance and taken away that I saw as we were going thorugh the course," he said.
The health department says anyone who is sick should make sure to wash their hands often with warm water, not share drinks and wipe down surfaces as much as possible.
MDCH will be testing samples from the race and hope to be able to determine what is causing the illness by Tuesday or Wednesday of next week.
O'Neill said he plans to take part in the event next year.
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