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Being a Mudder℠ is all about taking on the obstacles in your life and the enormous sense of accomplishment that you feel when you overcome them.

On December 14, 2012, Jeremy Richman’s daughter, Avielle, a student at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, was murdered alongside 19 classmates and six adult staff members.

In the aftermath of Avielle’s tragic death, Jeremy and his wife, both scientists, started The Avielle Foundation, an organization created to study the neurological issues that lead to violence and encourage people to act compassionately.

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Ask Kristina Kelly the thing she’s most proud of in her life, and she’ll name three: her marriage, her children and Tough Mudder.

Having lost an 8-year old sister to leukemia, Kristina and her team of a dozen family members, 18 to 48, compete in Tough Mudders to carry on her older sisters memory. To date, Team Kelly has finished six Tough Mudders, and they don’t plan on stopping anytime soon.

Find out what keeps them going.

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At 15, Dan Kosick, the 2014 Upstate New York Inspiring Mudder of the Year, lost his leg to cancer. Growing up, he struggled emotionally as well as physically with his disability. Then slowly, Dan began to change his attitude. Eventually he looked deep within and thought, “What am I hiding?”

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Two weeks ago, during the great northeast snowshow, we challenged Mudders to capture their outdoor workout and upload it using #SnowMudder. We promised the winner a flight, hotel stay and entry to Tough Mudder Whistler 2015. While we got hundreds of hilarious submissions from Mudders nationwide, one Mudder boldly stood out from the rest.

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For a half-decade, thousands upon thousands of children have witnessed their parents and grandparents; uncles and aunts; babysitters and teachers boldly traverse Tough Mudder’s 10 to 12-mile obstacle course.

They’ve watched on in inspiration with one thing in mind: When will it be my turn?

This year, however, we’re silencing the are-we-there-yets with the release of Fruit Shoot Mini Mudder, the very first kid-sized obstacle course of its kind.

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As you round the corner around mile ten at Tough Mudder this year, you’ll see what appears to be another Funky Monkey in the distance. Get a little closer, and you’re reaction might be something like this: WHAT THE #$@& IS THAT?

Well, that’d be Dead Ringer, and here’s what you need to know about it.

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