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'Tough Mudder' team forming

By Dexter White
On April 16, 2013

 

Many people would shudder at the idea of competing in an obstacle course designed to push the human body to its limits. For those who think they are tough enough though, a Kirkwood Community College student is forming a team to compete in one of the most challenging marathon courses in the world.

Wade Wessels,  pre-engineering emphasis, said he is forming a team to compete in a Tough Mudder competition this summer in Somerset, Wis. and is looking for Kirkwood students to join.

"It's oriented around having fun and using teamwork," Wessels said.

The course is 10-12 miles long and features obstacles including mud, ropes and climbing walls. According to the Tough Mudder website, the courses are designed by the British Special Forces and test the participant's strength, stamina, mental toughness and teamwork.

Wessels said the event it is centered around fun and teamwork, rather than finishing in first-place like a traditional marathon.

The date of the Tough Mudder event Wessels is creating a team for July 20. The registration fee is $145. Participants will also receive a t-shirt and a headband.

The Tough Mudder organization supports the Wounded Warrior Project and has raised more than $5 million for the cause. The Wounded Warriors Project assists veterans who are returning home after being injured on the battlefield.

Wessels, a veteran of the United States Marines, said he received a lot of help from the Wounded Warriors Project after suffering a minor injury while serving in Afghanistan.

To contact Wessels about joining the team, email wedo_71@hotmail.com.


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