As mud runs are becoming increasingly popular| they’re giving us more reasons not to do them. It was scary enough to read about the woman who went blind in one eye after doing a mud run| and now over 1|000 people who did a mud run in France contracted norovirus| a highly contagious virus that causes vomiting| diarrhea| and stomach pain. A French regional health agency confirmed that the mud run is what caused the participants’ sickness| and that the virus “is known to be the leading cause of acute gastroenteritis in adults|” aka stomach flu. I’ve never done a mud run| but I can imagine how easy it would be to accidentally ingest mud as you’re running through it| which is likely what happened here. What’s even worse is that “some runners took to Mud Day’s Facebook page complaining that sections of the course smelled distinctly of horse manure|” UPI reports.
These are certainly not the first incidents to link mud runs with health complications. The CDC notes similar occurrences and adds| “These races are commonly held in rural areas. If these areas were used for animal grazing| the soil could be contaminated with germs (bacteria| viruses) like E. coli| norovirus| and Campylobacter from the animal feces (poop). And| somehow| those germs can get into people’s mouths.”
Anyone else thinking of opting out of this trend and sticking with a good old pavement run?
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