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November 15, 2013

Local men take on Tough Mudder for good cause

ELKHART — Four local men intend to rescue at least three children from trafficking and sexual slavery by participating in a 24-hour, physically grueling event this weekend.

Team CCWC — Jeremiah Olson, Jonathan Corbin, Andrew Rumfeldt and Kevin Castetter — left Thursday for the 2013 World’s Toughest Mudder event in New Jersey to raise money for Destiny Rescue, a North Webster-based international non-profit organization that rescues children from human trafficking and sexual exploitation.

From 10 a.m. Saturday through 10 a.m. Sunday, the four-man team will attempt to complete as many 5-mile/40-plus obstacle laps as they can. Along with running, the men will face multiple military-style obstacles used by British Special Forces for its training. The obstacles range from wall climbing, to electric-charged wire dodging, to mud-slicked monkey bars, to carrying heavy logs through mud bogs.

“We’ve been training for about 10 months,” Olson said as he and his teammates demonstrated some of their training moves at Island Park in Elkhart Thursday morning.

The team qualified last year in Kentucky by finishing in the top 5 percent of Mudders.

Since they knew this weekend’s Mudder was going to be a 24-hour event and possibly give them a good case of hypothermia, they started preparing early.

The men have not been easy on themselves. Some of their training has included: eight-hour overnight training where they scaled walls, treaded water and ran outside; a 60-mile run/walk (alternating walking and running each mile); a 20-hour playground workout (they started at Ox Bow County park and ran to several parks through Elkhart, worked out at each park, and when they reached Crossfit Michiana by Elkhart airport they turned around and started all over again for a total of 34 miles); and they did a 24-hour workout at a dirt runner in Illinois.

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