That’s my sister Becca on the left. She’s partaking in the Tough Mudder this coming Saturday in Vermont. It’s basically a 10 mile run up a mountain with 19 crazy obstacles to do on the way. I believe it’s modeled after military training. They’re raising money for the Wounded Warrior Project. I have no idea who those warriors are, but leave it to my sister to find a man in uniform.
Here’s why this post goes in my countdown to the Special Olympics.
First, both events emphasize personal bests and team work over competition. Aidan will need his PT to get him moving in his walker and will require hand over hand assistance to throw the ball in the softball competition. Becca will need someone to help get her over the climbing wall.
Second, both events are about opportunity. Aidan is not able to play in our community soccer or baseball league. The Special Olympics are a place he can show off his skills, have some fun, and feel the pride of accomplishment. For the Tough Mudders, this is somethings that goes beyond marathons and tri-athalons and the like. It’s a chance to be tougher than you think you are and get a little crazy.
Third, they’ve both worked so hard and I’m insanely proud of BooBoo and Aidan. GO TEAM!!!