Injured 'mud runners' sue, say course was dangerous

Editor's note: The video that accompanied an earlier version of this story included photos provided to KOMO by an attorney working for one of the women suing organizers of the Extreme K Mud Race. Two photos showed the logo of the company Tough Mudder. Tough Mudder had nothing to do with the race. We apologize for any confusion the pictures may have caused.

SILVERDALE, Wash. -- Several people who suffered broken bones during an extreme mud race in Kitsap County are now suing organizers for planning a course they say was too extreme and unsafe.

Hundreds of people -- young and old -- paid to run in last October's Extreme K Mud Run on a Silverdale farm.

The race had a host of obstacles, but it was one called "Gravity's Revenge" that changed Wendy Davis' life.

A veteran mud runner, Davis broke every bone in her ankle when she fell on the obstacle, which was a slope lined with watered-down plastic that turned into a 15-foot fall into a ravine.

"I looked at my ankle and there was a large protrusion from the front where the bone dislocated from the femur," she said.

Her ankle is now held together by 11 screws, and Davis feels her career as a Poulsbo Police officer is over.

"I don't see going back to what I was doing in the past," she said.

So Davis and two other women who were injured going over Gravity's Revenge are now suing the people who organized the run, the Silverdale Chamber of Commerce and it's sponsor, the Kitsap Mall.

"When I did this event and did that obstacle, I felt like it was beyond dangerous," Davis said. "It's not something a reasonable person would do."

Nadean and Ronald Ross own the 164-acre Royal Valley Farm, which hosted the run. They've offered up their land for community events for years.

"They offered us some free entries and I assured them there was no one crazy enough in our family to enter that," Nadean Ross said.

The couple also said the Chamber of Commerce planned everything and they had nothing to do with setting up the course.

"I don't feel responsibly for the fact that if it was unsafe. It was not our fault," Nadean said.

Officials from the Chamber of Commerce and the Kitsap Mall did not return calls for comment on the story. Now a court will decide when an extreme mud run becomes too extreme.