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Clad in Armor, ‘Tough Guy’ Racers Face Mud, Fire for Charity

Image: Competitor falls into muddy water during the Tough Guy event in England
A competitor falls into muddy water during the Tough Guy event in Staffordshire, England on Jan. 26, 2014. The annual event to raise cash for charity challenges thousands of international competitors in a cross country run followed by an assault course consisting of obstacles including water, fire and tunnels. DARREN STAPLES / Reuters

Thousands of international competitors attended the Tough Guy race and obstacle course on Sunday on a farm in the village of Perton, England. First staged in 1987, the challenge has been widely described as one of the hardest races of it's type with up to one-third of the starters failing to finish in a typical year. The event raises money for local charities and features a 9.3 mile race more than 200 obstacles including water, fire and tunnels.

A competitor dressed as a knight runs through a fire during the Tough Guy Challenge on Jan. 26.
A competitor dressed as a knight runs through a fire during the Tough Guy Challenge. Bryn Lennon / Getty Images
Image: Competitors makes their way across an obstacle during the annual Tough Guy race.
Competitors makes their way across an obstacle during the annual Tough Guy race at Perton in Staffordshire, England on Jan. 26. Jon Super / AP