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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.Bryn Lennon / Getty Images
Competitors makes their way across an obstacle during the annual Tough Guy race at Perton in Staffordshire, England on Jan. 26.Jon Super / AP