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Dean to lead team in Saturday's Tough Mudder

June 28, 2013

This Saturday, Wayne State University Law School Dean Jocelyn Benson will captain a team from the Wayne State community running the Tough Mudder, a 10-12 mile extreme endurance race.

Widely considered one of the toughest fitness events in the world, the Tough Mudder features a number of obstacles designed to test its participants’ mental and physical determination, such as running through a field of live wires and jumping into vats of ice water. Many of the Tough Mudder events are designed to emphasize teamwork, the most important element of the race. “Mudders” must rely on their teammates’ strength and encouragement to make it through the course.

Tough Mudder raises money for the Wounded Warrior Project, a nonprofit organization that works to raise money and awareness for injured service members. The WWP provides assistance to service members through unique rehabilitative programs specifically designed to help treat the mental and physical effects of combat. Since its inception in 2010, Tough Mudder has raised over $5 million for the Wounded Warrior project, and Wayne State is proud to help contribute to their efforts.

Benson has assembled a team of “Wayne Warriors” — law students, staff and alumni who are coming together to represent the school’s commitment to the themes of teamwork, determination and giving back that embody the Tough Mudder.

“The event is for a great cause: the Wounded Warrior Project,” said Wayne Law alumnus Albert Dib, partner at Dib & Fagan PC.  “We sleep under the blanket of freedom they have provided us. The least we can do is help them in some small measure.”

Wayne Law student Dennis Klimek says that for him, the run serves “not only as a personal endeavor, but as an amazing display of teamwork.”  

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