Mud Immortal organizer says sorry
The organizer of the controversial Mud Immortal event that was held at Butter Pot Park last weekend is saying he's sorry.
Jonathan Brett issued the apology in a news release late Monday night. (He has declined interview requests from CBC News.)
"On behalf of Mud Immortal, I would like to extend my sincere apologies to every participant who found that the first Mud Immortal Challenge did not meet their expectations," he said in the statement.
Brett said he recognized that there were issues with the event.
"While some of those problems were completely beyond our control, we fully appreciate the frustration being expressed by some participants, and have learned many valuable lessons which will improve the organization of all future events," he said.
Brett thanked the more than 5,000 participants who took part in the event, as well as the Mud Immortal staff and volunteers "who helped ensure the safety and well-being of all participants."
There have been reports of broken bones and other injuries at the event.
The statement also said that Mud Immortal will "fully honour all of the charitable commitments made in connection with the event."
Brett wrote that a "sizeable cash contribution" will be made to the Alzheimer Society of Newfoundland and Labrador.
"We greatly admire and value the work done by the Alzheimer's Society [sic], and sincerely hope that our contribution to this organization will allow them to continue their tireless efforts to improve the lives of people affected by this disease," he said.
Brett also said that all of the athletic clothing that participants left behind at the event is being cleaned, at the expense of the event, and will be donated to the Salvation Army.