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Mud runners risk limb and even life to satisfy extreme-sports passion
Mud runners risk limb and even life to satisfy extreme-sports passion

The sun had just peeked up over the Santa Monica Mountains when the school buses arrived at Calamigos Ranch in Malibu and deposited the racers at their first obstacle of the day. Some races start with a popgun. Some start with a flag. The Spartan Race started with a waiver. You could die, it said. Even as a spectator. Everybody signed anyway. And with that, they were off to the mud. For two days over a recent weekend, the sprawling ranch, tucked in the hills about five miles inland from the Pacific Ocean, was alive with more than 5,200 men and women trudging up inclines and through muck. Many of the women wore leggings and sports bras. Some of the men didn't bother with shirts and...

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