Gloucester resident Chris Mangos and two Gloucester daytimers* Joanna Smart and Deb Fowler, completed the Tough Mudder over the weekend in Gilford, New Hampshire. The Tough Mudder is a 12 mile obstacle course, up and down the steep terrain of Gunstock Mountain. Obstacles included diving into an ice pool (affectionately called the Artic Enema), crawling through dark muddy tunnels, lifting and carrying logs up hill, and running through mud pits with electrically charged wires hanging overhead. Why would anyone do this? To challenge themselves, to break out of their humdrum all-work-and-no-play lifestyle, and for the fun and camaraderie of the experience. Most participants are part of a team, and with a motto of "no man left behind," any Mudder who needs a hand can count on one of their teammates to help. The Tough Mudder also donates a percentage of their profits to The Wounded Warrior Project, an organization that assists severely injured veterans.
Part of the training for Chris, Joanna and Deb included jumping in the cold waters of Magnolia Beach in April, and running the trails around Goose Cove Reservoir and Ravenswood Park. Although they are suffering sore muscles, all completed the course in good condition! Job well done!
*Gloucester daytimers = anyone who is employed in Gloucester but does not live here.