"Being a Tough Mudder means putting others before yourself, especially those who risk their lives for the safety and freedom of our country. Get into the action by raising money for those service members who have returned home with the mental and physical wounds of war. Every donation supports the 19 free, diverse programs provided by Wounded Warrior Project to assist injured veterans on the journey towards a successful civilian life." http://www.woundedwarriorproject.org/
So what is Tough Mudder? It's a 10-12 mile race through mud, up mountains, and over a bunch of challenging obstacles. More here (there's a video if you scroll down): https://toughmudder.com/
My first Tough Mudder was for me - a daunting challenge that I set out to conquer. Plus I like mud. And obstacles. It was a lot of fun. Tough Mudder has always been a supporter of the Wounded Warrior Project, and this time around I want to run for more than just myself. As an EMT (and just a person in society), I have interacted with a lot of people with permanent wounds, both physical and psychological, from wars. But it was learning about veterans in my own family and becoming friends with a veteran my age that really helped me to understand what it means to go to war, and what a serious impact it can have on the rest of these people's lives when they return home. And it's not all about hoo-rah USA, but about these individuals wanting to improve the lives of current and future generations around the world, often at the cost of their own quality of life. If these people can face serious injury and death to help others, I can at least run a race and raise some money to help them live the best lives they can.
This isn't one of those events where I have to raise x amount of money so that I can participate. I paid to run, and the fundraising is optional. They set a minimum goal of $150, and I have no idea how much support I'll get for this, so we'll start there. Reaching that goal will give me a small rebate, but I don't really care about that. I care about doing my little part to help others, as each soldier does their part within the greater cause. "Oh but wars are just about money." Tell that to the people sent to fight. Tell them their injuries and illnesses don't matter as much because you don't support the war they were sent into, by choice or not.
Thank you everyone for your support.