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FREDERICK, Md. (AP) — Traffic and safety concerns combined with bad weather led to the cancellation of the second day of a two-day obstacle-course race in Frederick.

City officials say the Tough Mudder event attracted up to 20,000 participants and spectators on Saturday. Police say the volume of traffic, lack of adequate parking and severe weather created unsafe conditions. The city made the decision to cancel Sunday’s activities.

Tough Mudder officials have issued an apology for Saturday’s problems.

Frederick County Sheriff Chuck Jenkins says the event promoters weren’t upfront about the potential size of the crowd. But Tough Mudder officials blamed “an understaffed police force” for some of the problems.

Tough Mudder races are 10-to-12-mile obstacle courses designed by British Special Forces.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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