<div>Francis Lackner and Sue Harvey-Brown join us in this episode.</div>
<div>You may have seen Francis on a Tough Mudder course in his jolly red suit carrying his running partner, Santa Claus. Santa has “run" 39 Tough Mudder events. Francis plans to cross the 100 event mark himself in 2018.</div>
<div>In June of 2017, Francis lost his mom to cancer. A few months later Francis was running Toughest Mudder Chicago. His mom was supposed to there with him. On his second lap, the emotions became too much and he felt ready to quit. Instead of quitting, Francis and Ryan Cray decided to spend some extra time at the top of Everest 2.0, just helping people over the obstacle. The penalty for failing the obstacle was an additional 3/4 mile run. That extra time turned into an hour, and then into two hours, and then into four hours. Francis and Ryan left Everest to finish their second lap after 5 and a half hours on top of Everest. </div>
<div>After Toughest Mudder ended at 8:30 Francis spent the morning honoring his mother. He passed out red plastic roses to TMHQ staff, volunteer, and runners. The roses represented “One more day above the roses”, the title of a song that became important to Ryan and his mother as she battled with cancer. Ryan tells the story of the roses and everything that happened that weekend.</div>
<div>Sue Harvey-Brown is the liaison between Merrell and Tough Mudder. When Merrell is working on a new initiative with Tough Mudder, odds are Sue is not far from the work being done.</div>
<div>Merrell and World’s Toughest Podcast are partnering to bring you the Merrell Mudder Moment. This is a moment that happened to you or someone you know on a Tough Mudder course. Maybe the moment happened off the course and Tough Mudder was how you conquered it, or found peace with it. Or maybe Tough Mudder was how you honored someone like Francis and his mother. </div>
<div>We’re going to highlight a new Merrell Mudder Moment every other month in 2018. Honorees will receive a pair of Merrell trail running shoes like the All Out Crush 2.0 and the opportunity to share their story on World’s Toughest Podcast.</div>
<div>To submit your Merrell Mudder Moment, email <a href="mailto:WorldsToughestPodcast@gmail.com">Worldstoughestpodcast@gmail.com</a> with Merrell Mudder Moment or MMM in the subject line. In the body of the email tell your story. What happened? How did you deal with it? How were you changed? Winners will be selected by World’s Toughest Podcast and Merrell. Good luck!</div>
<div>2:27 Tough Mudder News</div>
<div>15:52 iTunes Reviews</div>
<div>20:54 Merrell Mudder Moments with Sue Harvey-Brown</div>
<div>28:28 One More Day Above The Roses with Francis Lackner</div>
<div>1:12:56 Outro and Wrap-up</div>
<div><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a1E9O7niZAM">One More Day Above The Roses</a></div>
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Toughest Mudder West is this weekend. This is the first Toughest Mudder of the eight-race series for 2018.
Deanna Brasz and I talk about the course, the obstacles, and what people can expect from this cold, difficult race.
Deanna was one of the stars of Tougher Mudder in 2017. She ran 10 Tougher Mudders, with seven podiums, and four first place finishes. Three times last year she ran Tougher on Saturday morning and then ran the eight-hour Toughest Mudder on Saturday night.
Before we talk with Deanna, we talk about the elite competition at Toughest Mudder West. On the men’s side Ryan Atkins is the heavy favorite. He will face competition from Kris Mendoza, Glenn Racz, and Tyler Nash, as well a few possible surprises.
On the women’s side, four reigning champions will face off. World’s Toughest Mudder champion Rea Kolbl will face off against Toughest Mudder series champion Allison Tai, Spartan World Champion Lindsay Webster, and Spartan Ultrabeast World Champion Morgan Mckay.