A mud run sounds like fun right? Plus it's for a good cause, so why not? Because you're not 20 and you never exercise. That's why.

The Daniel Barden Mud Fest at MJK Farms kicked my butt and reminded me my brain and body aren't on the same page. They aren't even in the same decade. But despite aching everywhere from taking part, I would do it all over again.

Daniel Barden was one of the children killed in the tragic Sandy Hook tragedy. The event not only keeps his memory alive, it raises money for several charities that benefit children in central New York.

Thousands of people take part each year, from runners to volunteers, and it's those people that make the event a day of unity and fun. It's the strangers who lend a hand, pulling you over an obstacle or inspiring you along the route with words of encouragement or just a high five as you go by.

But there came a point on the course when there were no runners or volunteers around and I didn't think I could go another step. That's when I saw the signs with Daniel Barden's picture, asking WWDD - What would Daniel do? The answer was simple. Put one foot in front of the other until you finish.

Finish I did. But not before realizing you can do anything you put your mind to no matter how old and out of shape you are.


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