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OIL CITY, PA— Nineteen individuals will be representing Venango College of Clarion University and participating in the Tough Mudder event this spring in Ohio, helping to raise money for the Wounded Warrior Project.  Most of the participants are current members of the Fitness Club, the Veterans Club of Venango College, and the Clarion University Equestrian Team. 

The Tough Mudder is a 10-12 mile endurance event created by British Special Forces soldiers, which allows competitors to challenge themselves and raise money for the Wounded Warrior Project.  To date, the event has raised over 5 million dollars.  Entrants will find themselves negotiating obstacles such as 8-foot, 10-foot, and 12-foot walls, vertical cargo nets, ice water plunges, deep water drops, log carries, fire running, 60-70 degree slopes, and EVEREST, a plastic quarter pipe and more.

BT Gray, a current Venango College student and Veterans Club member, who resides in Franklin, competed in the Poconos in May 2012.  It was his first endurance event over a 5K race. 

“I did have to train all semester for it, but I managed to complete the course somewhere around 2 hours and 30 minutes and am excited to compete again,” said Gray.

Competitors can enter individually or as a team, which makes sense as several of the obstacles almost require assistance to negotiate. 

“I had an absolute blast when I competed, and I wanted to bring this to the Veterans Club and the greater campus community to see if they were interested.  It's a fun way to hold yourself to that new years commitment to get in shape and it helps raise money for a very good cause,” said Gray. 

Other Venango College team members competing are Kellie Forsman of Erie, Marisa Garcia of Norwich, CT, Christopher Griebel of Oil City, Elizabeth Griebel of Oil City, Robert Guy of Harrisville, Natasha Huber of Oil City, Tessa Jeske of Everett, Mara Johnson of Clarion, Anthony Mason of Oil City, Katelynn Nussbaum of Clarion, Kristen Peterson of Oil City, Kimberly Pragle of Reno, Adam Puleo of Oil City, Derek Rupp of Oil City, Mark Schaut of St. Marys, Joe Snyder of Clarion, Bethany Stephens of Oil City, and Alexis Viveros of Norwich, CT.

Information about the Wounded Warrior Project can be found at and Tough Mudder Event  at  If you would like to support the Venango College team please contact Daly Fuller, Coordinator of Intramurals and Recreation, at 814-676-6591, ext. 1330 or

2/25/2013 8:00 AM

Venango College Students to Participate in Tough Mudder