Tough Mudder Toronto 2013 Spring

The Toronto TOUGH MUDDER – Spring 2013 touched down in Mount St. Louis Moonstone this past weekend (May 11 & 12). Despite the muddy, arctic like conditions, it was a fabulous event. The 11 mile course consisted of 22 obstacles with 12 of them Are You Readyinvolving water. (Thank goodness that I started swimming again!!) It made for very frigid conditions throughout the course. Nevertheless, Mudder’s are TOUGH! They are trained to deal with the harshest conditions. I applaud all of my fellow Mudder’s that braved the elements to complete one of the toughest events on the planet. Everyone had a great time and I am sure that the majority of the participants will be Slip Sliding Awaydoing it again … This was my 13th TOUGH MUDDER and I must admit that they keep getting better and better. Announcers Sean Corvelle and Clinton Jackson did a masterful job keeping the participants pumped up throughout the event. True professionals that I am proud to call my friends. Another friend of mine, Eli Hutchison, the course manager for TOUGH MUDDER, did a phenomenal job with the new obstacles on the course. After every event, him and I always share some laughs about the course design. He definitely must have a slightly sadistic side because some of the obstacles keep getting crazier and crazier. However, as Mudder’s – we love that! … The joy of travelling across Canada and the United States for my World Tour is always amplified by the many acts of Look Out Below!courage that I see from many of the participants at these events. The many War Veterans, the cancer survivor’s – I feel privileged to run with these individuals that personify courage, resiliency and toughness. Together, they bond to make TOUGH MUDDER what it is. A place to challenge yourself, face your fears and achieve success through camaraderie. Life is about LIVING – not EXISTING! … This past weekend I was able to personally witness a true act of courage from a young woman by the name of Maria Beck. Maria, who has become a legend on Mudder Nation for her unique abilities – hence the Kelly & Remy - Princess Margaretnickname ‘Mudder Hen’ – has diligently assisted hundreds of participants that encounter administrative and personal difficulties registering for these massive events. On behalf of all of the many Mudder’s out there, I would like to personally thank her for her time and generous efforts of helping Mudder’s in need. Thank you Maria! I am proud to call her my friend. To my surprise, Maria was going to run the event and I chose to closely shadow her. What was truly amazing is that Maria had undergone a serious medical procedure the day before the event but still chose to run. After what she went through, most people would not be able to walk let alone run. However, she completed one of the toughest courses that I have witnessed on my World Tour. Congratulations Mudder Hen – you truly are TOUGH! … Personally, I ran a good race. However, the extreme cold and constant submersion in mud and Princess Margaret - Believe Itwater made my legs cramp – severely. Fortunately, an hour in the hot tub at UTM on Monday, made them feel better. It helped speed up my recovery time. Of course, what has become tradition for me after every TOUGH MUDDER, I treated myself to a nice tub of chocolate Haagen Dazs! Yes!! … As is customary on my ‘Believe In Yourself – World Tour 2013′ I once again visited a hospital – this time on the Friday before my event. I visited the Princess Margaret Hospital in Toronto. I must admit, when I venture into these hospitals I feel enormous anxiety. However, I realize the importance of spreading positive vibes to the many patients Haagen Dazsthat I visit. I gain incredible strength and a good feeling in my heart for what I am doing, and for the charities that I am supporting. As I’ve said before, it is good for the soul. I had the good fortune of meeting Kelly Dickinson, the Coordinator of Special Events for The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation. It was wonderful to get her insights on the many facets of the hospital. I look forward to working with her in the very near future … It is always special to do a TOUGH MUDDER in your hometown. I am proud of how my fellow Canadians helped make this event in Toronto, a great success. As my World Tour continues, I am constantly reminded of the importance of what I am doing. There are many people that we will meet in our lives that have to struggle to not only live but to survive every single day. Cherish the people that care about you in your lives. Help those that are less fortunate. Strive to do one good deed a day. It will make you feel good about who you are. Remember, life is about LIVING. Follow your dreams and have no regrets. As always, ‘Believe In Yourself’ …

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