- Associated Press - Thursday, September 4, 2014

ASPEN, Colo. (AP) - About 7,000 participants and 2,000 spectators are expected in Snowmass Village on Saturday and Sunday for the town’s first Tough Mudder race, an obstacle course that tests perseverance.

The town’s hotels and lodges were 95 percent booked for Friday and Saturday nights, the Aspen Daily News (http://bit.ly/1rOnlp1) reported Thursday.

“It’s safe to say it’s pretty well sold out, and it has been that way for a couple of months now,” Snowmass Tourism’s Fred Brodsky said. “It’s a really big event … it brings a lot of people and vibrancy into the community.”

The Tough Mudder course, inspired by British Special Forces to test perseverance, has grown popular in recent years. The event is held in stages and participants have dedicated time slots for when they hit the course.

Snowmass Village is accustomed to accommodating large crowds, most notably the Jazz Aspen Snowmass concert, which attracts thousands of people to the small, western Colorado mountain town every year.

“We’re getting that process down to a science,” police Chief Brian Olson said.

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Information from: Aspen Daily News, http://www.aspendailynews.com