I created this page to share a story. Between 2011 to 2015 I completed nine Tough Mudder events in various locations across the United States. In 2015, I moved to the United Kingdom and planned to do my tenth Tough Mudder in London. I began to play rugby while in the UK, and a somewhat minor rugby injury forced me to miss the Tough Mudder event. A string of hilarious and uneventful injuries followed, and I hadn't been back to full physical condition until the summer of 2017.
The most important part of this story, however, came in early 2017 when I took on SCUBA diving as a hobby. I had been traveling the world and exploring new places, but through SCUBA diving I got to see the world below the surface. My love of water, of marine life, and of the underwater ecosystems have brought me to be involved with Project AWARE. For me, learning to appreciate what's beneath the surface of our oceans has been a genuine joy, and seeing that magic be eroded little by little -- due in large part to human activity -- has been devastating.
This November, I will finally be doing my 10th Tough Mudder after a two-year gap, but I wanted it to be meaningful. I want to take the chance to help generate awareness and support for a cause that's dear to me, and that's the magic of our oceans. Without the collective efforts of initiatives like Project AWARE and others, we'd all be fighting a fruitless and uphill battle. This will be a great step in the right direction.
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