Tough Mudder sues Pa. man over similar race name

The company behind the popular Tough Mudder obstacle course race series has sued a Pennsylvania man who started a race for kids called “Mini Mudder.”

The Morning Call of Allentown reports that Tough Mudder Inc. of New York City filed a federal lawsuit this week against Barry Dobias, of Upper Macungie Township near Allentown, claiming trademark infringement.

Tough Mudder’s suit demands that Dobias stop using the name Mini Mudder. The company also seeks monetary damages.

Dobias tells the paper he’s shocked by the suit. He says he started running his own event as a “good, fun, nothing-but-positive activity for my kids.”

Tough Mudder plans to hold 50 races in the United States and abroad this year.

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