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Consolidated Tough Mudders Go the Distance

A team of Nevada County Firefighters and one of their wives were one group representing extreme athletes in Nevada County over the weekend. Captain Josh Sunde, Volunteer Matt Shocke, Engineer Phil Nunick and his wife Naida attacked the Tough Mudder Obstacle Course at Northstar Ski Resort Sunday morning.

Click here to listen to Tough Mudder Oath and Start

The event is approximately 11 miles on trails and service roads during which the participants have to complete 19 different obstacles with names like the Mud Mile and Electroshock Therapy. Sunde says the event encourages teamwork.
Click her to listen to Joshua Sunde

All three firefighters had a similar training regiment in preparing for the event.
Click here to listen to participants

Sune, Nunick, Nunick, Schoke- Before

Schoke, Sunde, Nunick, Nunick- After
Schoke, Sunde, Nunick, Nunick

Naida Nunick had a rather unique training plan that may not work for everyone…
Click here to listen to Naida Nunick

The challenge starts with a grueling climb to the first obstacle and it gets harder from there.

At the mid-point of the course, Obstacle 8,  the athletes crawl through The Electric Eel which is water and mud with live electrical wires hovering above them.
Click here to listen to participants

From there the team covered the next 5 miles crawling though mud, over logs, jumping into and swimming through cold muddy water.
Click here to listen to Matt Shocke

The last obstacle, Electroshock Therapy is just yards from the finish line. This time participants run through dangling wires carrying 10,000 volts of electricity as they head towards the finish line.
Click here to listen to Naida Nunick

Sunde and Schoke finished just under 2 and a half hours again this year and the Nunicks finshed just under three hours.
Other Tough Mudder teams representing Nevada County included The Mt Monkeys, and a team from the South Yuba Club. ( I realize that there may be a number of other athletes from Nevada County that I do not know that also completed the Tough Mudder)
Over 15,000 athletes participated in the event raising over 100,000 dollars for the Wounded Warrior Project  to assist injured American soldiers.

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