Team Denver Parent on Rugged Maniac Obstacle Courses

Rugged: (of ground or terrain) having a broken, rocky, and uneven surface.

               Having or requiring toughness and determination.

Maniac: a person characterized by an inordinate or ungovernable enthusiasm for something.

Rugged Maniac: an obstacle course run.

Let me tell you about the Rugged Maniacs on Team Denver Parent.

My name is Todd, I am 48 years old and I am a fitness enthusiast. I am a reasonably active person and the driving force for Team Denver Parent getting involved in The Rugged Maniac. I ran my first obstacle course race in 1996 and got hooked. My favorite thing about fitness is encouraging other people. I believe can’t is the worst four letter word in the English language. I believe that everyone is capable of completing events like The Rugged Maniac.

My son Jared is 20. Jared lettered in cross country all four years of high school and swam on a competitive team prior to high school. We have run road races together for the last six years and this is the second year we are running obstacle courses together. Jared is learning how to play multiple instruments, plays computer games, works full time, and is generally inactive. He gets by in the runs we do on natural athleticism and age; I am envious of how naturally athletic he is.

My son Dominic is 18. Dominic graduated high school this year and has been enjoying a summer with friends before they all start to go different directions. Dominic is one of the friendliest people I have ever known; he wants to be friends with everyone he meets. Dominic is not an athlete. He goes to the gym sometimes, mostly when I bug him. He runs when I sign him up for a race.

Cheyenne is 17. Cheyenne is a recovering couch potato. I met Cheyenne when she was 15 and she was proud of how sedentary she was. In gym class she walked a mile in over 20 minutes, and was proud of herself for going so slow. Now she goes to the gym, kickboxing and runs with me. The Rugged Maniac was her first obstacle course race, but it won’t be her last.

The Rugged Maniac was an experience we shared. We helped each other, cheered for each other, pushed and pulled each other, laughed and yelled together and at the end of it congratulated each other for completing something that was challenging.

I am proud of Team Denver Parent. I want to grow Team Denver Parent. Come run with us.

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