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By Matt Vensel and The Baltimore Sun | April 21, 2013
Ravens coach John Harbaugh isn't sitting idly by waiting for the 2013 NFL draft to roll around on Thursday. This weekend, Harbaugh and other members of the Ravens organization, including senior vice president of public and community relations Kevin Byrne, competed in a Tough Mudder race in Gerrardstown, W.Va. This short video -- set to ear-rattling heavy metal music, of course -- posted on the team's official website shows the coach of the reigning Super Bowl champions climbing cargo nets and other obstacles, carrying logs or his teammates, cannon-balling into muddy ponds, swimming under obstacles, and crawling through mud. You know, if you're into that sort of thing.
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By Louis Krauss, The Baltimore Sun | June 7, 2014
On a hot day in May in a patch of grass near power lines in Odenton, Jared Conover and Ryan Smith are hard at work building a wooden frame that will soon be used in their new obstacle course. Insects buzz and a neighbor's chickens squawk in a nearby pen as the two men picture the frantic, grueling scene when the obstacles they're hammering, drilling and screwing together in this rural setting are put to use. "This one is a rope and chain traverse. This will be up 10 feet in the air, with cross beams and ropes hanging," Smith says.
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By Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | September 2, 2013
The Ellicott City man who drowned at a Tough Mudder obstacle course race was under water for between five and 15 minutes before rescuers pulled him out, according to witness accounts in the investigative report by a West Virginia sheriff's office. Sgt. Ted Snyder, who investigated Avishek Sengupta's death for the Berkeley County sheriff's office, found that the circumstances of the April 20 incident did not warrant criminal charges. The office closed the case about a month later.
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | May 6, 2014
The mother of an Ellicott City man who died a year ago following an obstacle race in West Virginia has filed a wrongful-death lawsuit against the organizers of the Tough Mudder event. Mita Sengupta, mother of Avishek Sengupta, claims that Tough Mudder was negligent in moving mud racers through a "walk the plank" obstacle, and did not provide proper supervision or safety precautions. She filed the lawsuit in Marshall County Circuit Court in West Virginia last month and is seeking unspecified damages and attorneys' fees.
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | May 6, 2014
The mother of an Ellicott City man who died a year ago following an obstacle race in West Virginia has filed a wrongful-death lawsuit against the organizers of the Tough Mudder event. Mita Sengupta, mother of Avishek Sengupta, claims that Tough Mudder was negligent in moving mud racers through a "walk the plank" obstacle, and did not provide proper supervision or safety precautions. She filed the lawsuit in Marshall County Circuit Court in West Virginia last month and is seeking unspecified damages and attorneys' fees.
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By Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | April 23, 2013
At one point Saturday, City Hospital in Martinsburg, W.Va., was so overwhelmed with patients injured on the Tough Mudder obstacle course that it had to turn people away from its emergency room. Two people who participated in the race in nearby Gerrardstown, W.Va., suffered heart attacks, according to Teresa McCabe of West Virginia University Hospitals-East, which runs City Hospital. Ten people had hypothermia, orthopedic injuries or head injuries. And two people were treated for drowning, including Avishek Sengupta, a 28-year-old Ellicott City man who died Sunday.
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By Ellen Fishel, The Baltimore Sun | April 20, 2013
You can't complete a Tough Mudder alone - the grueling 10- to 12-mile course with more than 20 obstacles designed by British Special Forces is set up to make sure of that. And of the expected 14,000 people participating in the Mid-Atlantic challenges this weekend in Gerrardstown, W.Va., perhaps no one understands this fact more than Baltimore resident Kate Robertson, 29, and her team. Helping one another navigate obstacles that border on cruel and unusual punishment - such as army-crawling on a layer of ice to avoid electric wires overhead - proves even more challenging when one of your teammates is a paraplegic.
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By Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | April 22, 2013
An Ellicott City man died over the weekend after an accident on the Tough Mudder obstacle course in West Virginia, the first such death in the three-year history of the outdoor run that bills itself as "probably the toughest event on the planet. " Avishek Sengupta, 28, was with a half-dozen friends on the course Saturday when he encountered the "Walk the Plank" obstacle, in which participants jump into a deep pool of muddy water 15 feet below a wooden platform. Sengupta jumped in but did not resurface and was later flown to Inova Fairfax Hospital in Falls Church, Va., where he was taken off life support Sunday.
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April 18, 2012
Get in the mud! Here's a look at some of the region's upcoming obstacle mud runs. Note: Check each organization's web site for more race day options. Fees increase for most of these events as the race day approaches. Tough Mudder May 12 and 13: Pocono Manor, PA, final entry by May 5, $200 Sept. 8 and 9: Frederick, MD, "tough" discount through April 30, $125 Oct. 20 and 21: Englishtown, NJ: "tough" discount through April 30, $125 Register at: http://www.toughmudder.com Spartan Race July 14 and 15: Palmerton, PA, $60-$100 Aug. 25 and 26: Leesburg, VA, $95-$145 Register at: http://www.spartanrace.com Warrior Dash May 19 and 20: Mechanicsville, MD; $75 Saturday, $65 Sunday; registration closes May 7. June 16 and 17: Long Pond, PA, $75 July 14: Morristown, NJ, $55 through May 29, $65 through July 2 Register at: http://www.warriordash.com Rugged Maniac July 14: Englishtown, NJ, $68 by May 4, $78 by June 8, $88 through July 6 Register at: http://www.ruggedmaniac.com —Catherine Mallette
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By Laura Vozzella, The Baltimore Sun | February 2, 2011
The hottest thing in running is not a new shoe or energy drink. It's mud. And fire. And other things that get in the way of running but manage, for some, to make racing more fun. Obstacle-course events that send participants into mud pits and under barbed wire, over walls and through flames, across monkey bars greased with butter and into a forest of live electric wires, are popping up like blisters on an Ironman's feet. While they sound hard core, some of these races appeal especially to casual runners because the obstacles break up the running and take the focus off finish times.
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By Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | September 2, 2013
The Ellicott City man who drowned at a Tough Mudder obstacle course race was under water for between five and 15 minutes before rescuers pulled him out, according to witness accounts in the investigative report by a West Virginia sheriff's office. Sgt. Ted Snyder, who investigated Avishek Sengupta's death for the Berkeley County sheriff's office, found that the circumstances of the April 20 incident did not warrant criminal charges. The office closed the case about a month later.
NEWS
By Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | April 23, 2013
At one point Saturday, City Hospital in Martinsburg, W.Va., was so overwhelmed with patients injured on the Tough Mudder obstacle course that it had to turn people away from its emergency room. Two people who participated in the race in nearby Gerrardstown, W.Va., suffered heart attacks, according to Teresa McCabe of West Virginia University Hospitals-East, which runs City Hospital. Ten people had hypothermia, orthopedic injuries or head injuries. And two people were treated for drowning, including Avishek Sengupta, a 28-year-old Ellicott City man who died Sunday.
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By Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | April 22, 2013
An Ellicott City man died over the weekend after an accident on the Tough Mudder obstacle course in West Virginia, the first such death in the three-year history of the outdoor run that bills itself as "probably the toughest event on the planet. " Avishek Sengupta, 28, was with a half-dozen friends on the course Saturday when he encountered the "Walk the Plank" obstacle, in which participants jump into a deep pool of muddy water 15 feet below a wooden platform. Sengupta jumped in but did not resurface and was later flown to Inova Fairfax Hospital in Falls Church, Va., where he was taken off life support Sunday.
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By Matt Vensel and The Baltimore Sun | April 21, 2013
Ravens coach John Harbaugh isn't sitting idly by waiting for the 2013 NFL draft to roll around on Thursday. This weekend, Harbaugh and other members of the Ravens organization, including senior vice president of public and community relations Kevin Byrne, competed in a Tough Mudder race in Gerrardstown, W.Va. This short video -- set to ear-rattling heavy metal music, of course -- posted on the team's official website shows the coach of the reigning Super Bowl champions climbing cargo nets and other obstacles, carrying logs or his teammates, cannon-balling into muddy ponds, swimming under obstacles, and crawling through mud. You know, if you're into that sort of thing.
SPORTS
By Ellen Fishel, The Baltimore Sun | April 20, 2013
You can't complete a Tough Mudder alone - the grueling 10- to 12-mile course with more than 20 obstacles designed by British Special Forces is set up to make sure of that. And of the expected 14,000 people participating in the Mid-Atlantic challenges this weekend in Gerrardstown, W.Va., perhaps no one understands this fact more than Baltimore resident Kate Robertson, 29, and her team. Helping one another navigate obstacles that border on cruel and unusual punishment - such as army-crawling on a layer of ice to avoid electric wires overhead - proves even more challenging when one of your teammates is a paraplegic.
FEATURES
April 18, 2012
Get in the mud! Here's a look at some of the region's upcoming obstacle mud runs. Note: Check each organization's web site for more race day options. Fees increase for most of these events as the race day approaches. Tough Mudder May 12 and 13: Pocono Manor, PA, final entry by May 5, $200 Sept. 8 and 9: Frederick, MD, "tough" discount through April 30, $125 Oct. 20 and 21: Englishtown, NJ: "tough" discount through April 30, $125 Register at: http://www.toughmudder.com Spartan Race July 14 and 15: Palmerton, PA, $60-$100 Aug. 25 and 26: Leesburg, VA, $95-$145 Register at: http://www.spartanrace.com Warrior Dash May 19 and 20: Mechanicsville, MD; $75 Saturday, $65 Sunday; registration closes May 7. June 16 and 17: Long Pond, PA, $75 July 14: Morristown, NJ, $55 through May 29, $65 through July 2 Register at: http://www.warriordash.com Rugged Maniac July 14: Englishtown, NJ, $68 by May 4, $78 by June 8, $88 through July 6 Register at: http://www.ruggedmaniac.com —Catherine Mallette
SPORTS
By Louis Krauss, The Baltimore Sun | June 7, 2014
On a hot day in May in a patch of grass near power lines in Odenton, Jared Conover and Ryan Smith are hard at work building a wooden frame that will soon be used in their new obstacle course. Insects buzz and a neighbor's chickens squawk in a nearby pen as the two men picture the frantic, grueling scene when the obstacles they're hammering, drilling and screwing together in this rural setting are put to use. "This one is a rope and chain traverse. This will be up 10 feet in the air, with cross beams and ropes hanging," Smith says.
TRAVEL
By Rachel Martin, The Baltimore Sun | May 4, 2012
Washington Mother's Day Tea at Tudor Place Celebrate Mother's Day with a view of the Potomac River at Tudor Place Historic House and Garden. The Georgetown mansion, formerly the home of George Washington's step-granddaughter, is set in more than 5 acres of gardens. Sample period teas, finger sandwiches and rich desserts with Mom while learning a little about tea etiquette from a costumed interpreter. Finish Mother's Day by creating a period craft for her. The Mother's Day Tea is 11 a.m. to noon (the 2 p.m. sitting is sold out)
NEWS
By Laura Vozzella, The Baltimore Sun | February 2, 2011
The hottest thing in running is not a new shoe or energy drink. It's mud. And fire. And other things that get in the way of running but manage, for some, to make racing more fun. Obstacle-course events that send participants into mud pits and under barbed wire, over walls and through flames, across monkey bars greased with butter and into a forest of live electric wires, are popping up like blisters on an Ironman's feet. While they sound hard core, some of these races appeal especially to casual runners because the obstacles break up the running and take the focus off finish times.
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