MANSFIELD, OH — Shoes of Tough Mudder participants have “been through the wringer,” but now, hundreds of pairs are going to young kids in need.
Jeff Kent is the owner of Swan Cleaners in Mansfield. After the Tough Mudder in April, event coordinators contacted Kent about hundreds of tennis shoes accidentally left at a secondary location at General Motors.
Kent offered to clean the shoes as long as they stayed local.
In their spare time, Kent and his employees are using washers that hold 400 pounds at a time to clean the shoes, which are caked with mud.
Thursday, Swan Cleaners donated 1,700 shoes to The New Store, which provides new clothes and shoes to kids in needs.
Kent says they have about 1,000 shoes left to clean.