Fall 2012

Tough Going

Two students take on a grueling race to raise funds for Wounded Warrior Project

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Photo: Rob Mattson

The obstacle course known as the Tough Mudder, in Stow, Vt., is billed as “probably the toughest event on the planet,” and while the organizers may be engaging in a bit of hyperbole, it’s certainly no walk in the park.

The 12- to 15-mile trail run, featuring more than 20 military-style obstacles, was designed by the British Special Forces and has been compared to Marine Corps basic training. Participants submit to the grueling race to raise money for the Wounded Warrior Project, which provides assistance to severely injured veterans returning from active duty.

This past May, James Koehler, right, and Rachel Misuraca, center, both D13 students in the military’s Health Professions Scholarship Program (HPSP), took on the Tough Mudder, finishing in four hours, accompanied by Koehler’s childhood friend (and soon-to-be best man) Adam Gaudreau, left. Both Koehler and Misuraca will be commissioned as U.S. Army officers upon graduation next spring.

“Everybody wants to show up at basic training and be able to run whatever they tell you,” says Koehler. “[In this photo], we’re helping Rachel, but there were plenty of times when we were helping other people, and other people were helping us. It’s not really a race—it was all about the cause, and the teamwork.”

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