A few weeks ago, I ran the Tough Mudder in Charlton, Massachusetts with a few other members of Team Beastrong, and I’m so glad I pushed myself into doing it again this year. This was a hard decision for me and I was dreading it the entire week prior to the event. You see, my sister Ashley / Bea had participated in three of them before she passed away a year ago in March; Cystic Fibrosis never stopped her from doing things like the Tough Mudder. She always pushed me to try new things and I knew it would be hard to do it without her. However, with the help of some friends, we created a team to run it in honor of her.
Before our heat was about to start, something incredible happened. There is this legendary MC named Sean Corvelle who always starts the Mudder. His speeches are amazing. It was the first time seeing him since the first time we ran it. He was walking over by us and I stopped him and told him that I remembered him from the 2012 Tough Mudder, and then I gave him a Beastrong bracelet and he had me put it on his wrist. As he did his speech, he talked about why people do the Mudder for other people, and he said he received a blue bracelet from a teen (me) and asked our group to stand up. He then had the people in front of me hand me the microphone and explain the bracelet and why we were running the Tough Mudder. It was a great, though emotional, moment for me that I won’t ever forget. I could not be prouder of the Team Beastrong runners and am thankful they joined me, and I know we all made Ashley proud.