Avalon students and teacher will participate in the Tough Mudder Mid Atlantic Spring Event this weekend in West Virginia.
Seniors Max Kiley and Stefano Contini teamed up with Avalon teacher Sam Philips and a few of his friends from college to complete the challenge.
According to their website, events are 10-12 mile obstacle courses designed by British Special Forces to test your all around strength, stamina, mental grit, and camaraderie. Tough Mudder events raise money for the Wounded Warrior Project, and over 700,000 have competed.
The Mid Atlantic Event is held in Gerradstown and features miles of hills, mud, water, fire, ropes, walls and electric shocks.
The Avalon competitors will not only require physical strength and endurance to complete, but mental strength and teamwork as well.
Kiley vocalized the idea last year and shortly caught Contini’s attention. In October, after months of consideration, they decided to begin training.
Phillips soon learned of their intentions and began his own training, while helping to recruit a complete team.
Kiley took on a strict workout routine consisting of gym time three to five times per week and running five miles twice a week. His training from varsity soccer during the fall also contributed to his preparation.
Meanwhile Contini, who started working out 8 months ago, and Philips began a workout regimen of their own to prepare their bodies for the struggles ahead.
Out of their team, only Phillips has partaken in anything similar. A couple years ago he did the Muddy Buddy, which according to him, pales in comparison to the properly named Tough Mudder.
Fun and being forced to be active are all key motivators behind their dedication to challenge themselves.
“I’m nervous but knowing that we’re doing it just to have a good time makes it not as bad,” said Contini.
Although the anxiety is shared between all of them, it is overpowered by excitement and confidence in their success.