Tough Aeromeds run Tough Mudder

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  • By Staff Sgt. Jonathan Young
  • 133rd Airlift Wing Public Affairs
About a dozen members of the 109th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron participated in the Tough Mudder May 19, 2012 here. The team was enthusiastic to represent the Minnesota Air National Guard in the more than ten mile obstacle course. It was laced with icy pools, high walls, electrified obstacles, and of course lots of mud. Most of all they were happy to help out the Wounded Warrior Project, the main cause of the event.

The team explained how their military training helped, especially in the mental aspect of the course. They also said that it also brought them together as a team. They were very motivated by the military emphasis before the start, as the host explained stories of wounded veterans completing the course. The National Anthem was played just before the 10:00 a.m. start, as one last boost.

There were other members from the 133rd Airlift Wing scattered throughout the course also participating. Maj. Mark Hansen or the Judge Advocate section ran with some police officers that he works with in his civilian job and he said it was a great course to test his abilities.

"The military teaches you to overcome - adapt and overcome," he said before starting.
He continued to say how it was great to see different people from the military past and present out encouraging each other and swapping old stories.

Tough Mudder events are hardcore 10-12 mile obstacle courses designed by British Special Forces to test your strength, stamina, mental grit, and camaraderie. Tough Mudder has raised more than three million dollars to support the Wounded Warrior Project.