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Four miles. Mile 1, straight up a mountain. The next half mile is a run-downhill-then-go-straight-back-up run with a 40 pound sandbag on your back. The next two and a half miles are a run down the mountain with obstacles like firepits, rope climbs, and mudholes. In 94 degree heat at 70% humidity.

He finished in 1:33, in top 10% of his age group, with no knowledge of the course or format beforehand. Cross country people I talked to were thrilled with two-and-a-half hours.

He is the toughest guy I know.

He’s my brother.

I’m incredibly proud of him.

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