Over the weekend Ian Panter, a longtime member of the World's Toughest Mudder community, was severely injured in a car accident. Panter had finished up the Tough Mudder Philly event and was headed off site to rest for a couple hours before competing in Toughest Mudder Northeast that night.
After leaving the venue, Panter was riding in the passenger seat. The car he was riding in was t-boned on the passenger side by another driver and Panter rushed to the hospital. Panter is currently in a medically induced coma and is under the watchful eye of doctors in Pennsylvania. Upon hearing of the accident the World's Toughest Mudder community went into action finding out as much information as possible and supporting the family. Melissa Dugan, admin of the WTM community and active member said this of Ian.
“Ian embodies all that is Tough Mudder. While he pushes himself to be the best he can be, his first priority is always helping others.
Be it by motivating them, encouraging them or lending a helping hand up and over obstacles.
Ian is a friend to many, a role model to all and has an army rooting for him to recover and persevere through this tragedy.”
A GoFundMe has been set up in his honor and has already raised over $23,000 on the first day. Showing once again the compassion and true spirit of the obstacle racing community.
According to updates from those close to Panter, he is expected to be taken out of the medically induced coma on Thursday. We will continue to monitor Panter's progress as we learn more.