Team at Skylight become “Tough Mudders”


Congratulations to our team of six financial planners who braved the thick mud and the cold and wet weather to complete this year’s Ohio “Tough Mudder” challenge on May 17!  Long hours of advance training and amazing team work and camaraderie on the day got Team TMF across the finishing line of what has been billed as “probably the toughest event of the planet.”  Our guys were tested physically and mentally throughout the 12 mile military style hardcore obstacle course which included crawling under live wires, climbing walls and cold baths.  The hard work was for a good cause as all money raised through “Tough Mudder” goes to the Wounded Warrior Project which assists tens of thousands of wounded service members and their families.

Let’s hear what the guys had to say on completing the challenge and becoming “Tough Mudders”!  Also check out the pictures below.

“I wanted to train hard enough to prove to myself that I could complete the Mudder start to finish, without injury.  The 2nd time around was definitely a tougher course given the cold and wet weather which made the entire day much more difficult, but we had a great team that helped push one another the entire day.  Tough Mudder is about camaraderie, and Team TMF showed up and kicked some butt this weekend!” – Brian Marino

“I did this as a challenge to push myself and to do so with my buddies in a team-oriented event.  The outcome was great as we were able to complete the course in some of the most difficult conditions.  The most difficult obstacle for me was the “Funky Monkey” where they greased the monkey bars to make it difficult to climb.” – Tim Farley

“I took part in it because Marino guilted me into it….  Seriously, I took part in it to challenge myself mentally and physically.  It also was a team of great friends that made the event that much better. The hardest part was climbing out of the pool of ice water when your entire body shut down from going into shock.” – Bernard Garrah

“I took part because I liked the challenge and figured this team, led by Captain Marino, would be a great team to help push me through it.  The hardest part was definitely the continuous running in a foot of thick mud…being electrocuted wasn’t too pleasant either!  All in all, great team building experience.” – Corbin Blackburn

“I joined for the team camaraderie and to push myself to do something more than I've done in the past.  The hardest part was having to continue telling yourself that your legs could keep carrying you. Fighting to keep my shoes from getting suctioned off my feet the whole race is a close second.” – Bryan Kranek

“I participated so that Marino would leave me alone about it.  Turns out he only got more annoying after I agreed to join the team.  I wanted to test myself mentally and physically.  This event was pretty daunting to me and I wanted nothing more than to overcome that fear.  The worst obstacle had to be Artic Enema…I can’t even describe the intense feeling of being in that ice water.  Happy that we all started and finished as a team!” – Ryan McKean

Ryan McKean, Brian Marino, Bernard Garrah, Timothy Farley, Corbin Blackburn and Bryan Kranek are registered representatives of and offer securities, investment advisory and financial planning through MML Investors Services, LLC.  Member SIPC. OSJ: 2012 W. 25th Street, Suite 900, Cleveland OH 44113. 216-621-5680. CRN201511-183010

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