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Tough Mudder run bringing thousands to Fairburn this month
by Noreen Cochran
April 09, 2014 11:17 AM | 1596 views | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Fulton County Board of Commissioners at its meeting last week approved 6-0 a use permit and zoning request by Tough Mudder LLC to use Bouckaert Farms as the site of the fourth annual Tough Mudder Georgia endurance challenge run.

The event, set for April 26 and 27 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at 8750 Campbellton Fairburn Road in Fairburn, was previously held outside the metro Atlanta area.

The 10- to 12-mile course will feature British Special Forces-inspired obstacles and benefit the Wounded Warrior Project, according to its website. In an internal memo, Planning and Community Services Director Randy Beck said the applicant sought a zoning variance allowing the use of Campbellton Fairburn and Cedar Grove roads as entrances and exits.

The applicant also asked to delete the requirement for a fence to shield the event from neighboring properties, for which Beck recommended approval since the site, known also as Chattahoochee Hills Horse Farm, is adjacent to “farmland, scattered single-family residences and undeveloped land.”

The event’s operations manager, Paul Basile, told the board 7,300 participants are expected at the 2,000-acre site.

He addressed community concerns about sound, lighting, traffic and environmental impact.

“We’re a run. We don’t generally have much sound,” he said. “We will not be operating beyond the hours of daylight. I’m very confident we can keep this at a level that will not stress any of the local road systems. We’re not going to be clearing trees or creating any new trails. We won’t be impacting the Chattahoochee River.”

Beck said as the site is just across the river from Douglas County via Ga. 92, both counties and the applicant are working “to mitigate any traffic impacts.”

Also according to the memo, the number of visitors – which may reach 10,000 – is likely to increase calls for service to public safety agencies, including an estimated nine traffic accidents and 30 calls to 911.

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