Tough Mudder, Mudderella Look To Butler County, Pa. 

BUTLER COUNTY, Pa.—The Butler County Tourism and Convention Bureau announced that two new events are expected to attract more than 15,000 athletes to the county in August and September of next year.

   Tough Mudder, a 10-12 mile obstacle course designed by British Special Forces, will test all-around strength, stamina, teamwork and mental grit for the approximately 11,000 runners expected to participate in the event Aug. 29-30.

   A similar event, called Mudderella, will attract about 6,000 participants, mostly female, on Sept. 12. This challenge, designed for women by women, features a 5.7-mile course. Both events will be held at Cooper’s Lake Campground near Slippery Rock.

   “We’ve been working with the Tough Mudder organization since 2013, and we’re excited that we’ve found a venue in Butler County that is a perfect location for their event,” said Jack Cohen, president of the Butler County Tourism and Convention Bureau. “We’re also excited to expand Butler County’s offerings with the region’s first Mudderella. These events will attract participants and their families from throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. We’ll be reaching out to the registrations to make sure they are aware of all the great things they can see and do while they are visiting Butler County.”

   Tough Mudder has hosted more than 150 events and more than 1.7 million participants worldwide. The Mudderella event was first launched in2013, with more than 17,000 part pants last year.

   “The Pittsburgh region’s new venue at Cooper’s Lake Campground offers challenging terrain and plenty of room to design a unique and exhilarating course for our participants,” said Ben Johnson, head of communications for Tough Mudder. “We’re looking forward to welcoming our participants to Butler County.”