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4,500 man-up for tough guy race

Monday, January 27, 2014 - 01:06

Jan. 27 - The annual Tough Guy race has competitors brave fire, mud and freezing water in a 13-kilometre race. Elly Park reports.

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Around 4,500 brave souls ready to take on one of the most grueling races in the world. The annual Tough Guy race held at the village of Perton in the English Midlands has competitors crawl, jump and swim through an assault course of 13 kilometers, braving mud, freezing waters and even fire. Each year, a reported one third of the racers don't even make it to the finish line. But not Franzke from Saalfeld, Germany -- who was the toughest of them all, finishing first in one hour and 29 minutes. SOUNDBITE: Franzke, Winner of 2014 Tough Guy Race, Saying (English) "I'm so happy, but very cold, but the track was very hard, unbelievable." The Tough Guy race, first held in 1987, has now become something of a German affair after fellow countryman Knut Hoehler had won it for the previous three years.

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4,500 man-up for tough guy race

Monday, January 27, 2014 - 01:06