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News :: Tough Mudders finish the course, raise $4,500 for Wounded Warrior Project
· 8:26am May 24th, 2012
If you see some area athletes wearing orange headbands in the next few days, ask where those headbands came from.
There's a good chance that the person wearing that orange headband earned it, instead of bought it.
More than 20 members of the Lightning and Thunder Tough Mudders team completed the challenging course on Saturday.
Eric Dickinson, who initiated the team, said the event was a success in several ways.
They finished the course.
They raised approximately $4,500 for the Wounded Warrior Project.
And, they stayed out of the hospital.
"None of our team mates had any injuries other than cuts, scratches, bruises and VERY sore muscles," reports Eric. "Other participants were not so lucky as there were reportedly 2 people flown from the venue by medical helicopters and the ambulances and on-site medical teams were obviously keeping busy."
The local team raised approximately $4500.00 for the Wounded Warrior Project. Tough Mudder participants have raised over $3 million to date for WWP.
The final course changed a little from the pre-event info. It ended up being 11.5 miles and included 22 obstacles of which 2 included electric shock.
Eric summarizes the efforts that led to the safe and successful conclusion of the course for all Team Lightning & Thunder members:
"We had 24 team members take part," he says. "We looked out for each other, encouraged each other and helped each other over the obstacles. It took us approximately 3 hours and 56 minutes to complete the course after starting at 9:40 a.m."
Upon completing the entire course, the team members received the orange headbands that only those who complete the course can wear. "You can't buy those headbands; they are only available at the finish line," said Eric.
Team members enjoyed the experience and hopes to do it again, reports Eric.
"Within 20 minutes of crossing the finish line, at least 3/4 of the team members had asked me when we were going to do another Tough Mudder. Training for our next Tough Mudder unofficially started 2 days later (this past Monday morning) when five of us ran 3.1 miles at 5:30 a.m. in spite of our sore muscles."
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