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Tough Mudder fills resort

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Said Angie Fulton of Zogs: "We were stacked to the rafters with people and almost all were Tough Mudder people or spectators of Tough Mudder.

"Both (Zogs and Moguls) were running out of food."

Mayor Nancy Wilhelm-Morden said she spoke with a number of retailers who reported business being up by 20 per cent compared to the same period last year.

"So far I have not heard any negative feedback whatsoever, so if they (Tough Mudder) would like to come back to Whistler, Whistler would love to welcome them back," Wilhem-Morden said.

Sergeant Eric Rochette of the Whistler RCMP, who was on shift through the weekend, said there were few problems associated with the event.

"I spoke with the event organizers afterwards and I told them it was very well organized," said Rochette.

Di Leo said more than 16,000 people took part in the event at Whistler Olympic Park (WOP). There were no major injuries and the Tough Mudder staff members dealt with the challenges that came up over the course of the weekend, she said.

"It is tough and the mountain adds different types of elevation and terrain that is difficult and challenging for participants," said Di Leo.

Lindsay Durno, director at WOP, while satisfied with how the Tough Mudder went said there are a few things on his list to improve upon. Parking and shuttle services went well, but he noted that WOP could handle more vehicles next year through more efficient parking. He also said iPhone users had trouble communicating while those with Blackberries had fewer problems sending messages or making calls from their devices at the peak period on Saturday. It is unclear what caused that situation.

Still, he said: "It was a perfect two days all around," pointing out that Tough Mudder was the biggest event held at WOP since the Winter Olympic Games in 2010 when it hosted the Nordic events.

The weather cooperated perfectly for the participants said organizers with rain Friday night giving way to a mix of sun and cloud Saturday and Sunday. Temperatures hovered between 15 and 18 degrees.

The Mudder wasn't just a success for organizers. Participants enjoyed it as well.

Twins Hailey and Ashley Melvin of Port Coquitlam came up for the weekend as part of an eight-member team made up of a group of their City of Port Coquitlam co-workers.

"We thought it would be a bonding experience," said Ashley.

Their teammate and co-worker Peter Burn said he loved it despite how tough it was.

"I loved it, it was a little tough but it was good," said Burn.

Tough Mudder has grown to be an international series with competitions in Australia, New Zealand, Europe, South Africa and Japan. Canadian stops this summer include Calgary and Montreal in July then Toronto in August. Seattle will host Tough Mudder at the end of September.

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