On April 7, “The Tough Mudder” will be held in Atlanta and officers Eddie Bonnett, Joe Schnebel, Andy Ratcliff, Edwin Millian, Mike Harris and Matt Bailey, along with the Cleveland Fire Department’s Chris Light will be coursing through the 10 to 12 miles of obstacles in honor of a fallen officer.
Cleveland Police officer Justin Maples died last year while responding to back up city and county officers during an alleged felony.
Maples lost control of his patrol car and crashed.
The Tough Mudder was designed by British Special Forces, according to media information.
More than 700,000 participants worldwide take part in the Tough Mudder in locations across the globe.
It is designed to test strength, stamina, mentality and fellowship with team members.
The competition’s website contends it “is not a race, but a challenge.”
Recently, several officers from CPD also took part in the “Spartan Sprint” held in Conyers, Ga.
Chief Wes Snyder, Meridith Casteel, Millian and Bailey competed.
According to Bailey, the crew completed the four-mile course and its 15 obstacles in just a little under an hour-and-a-half.
Bailey said the CPD team was in the fastest 50 percent of all challengers.
The upcoming Tough Mudder has 25 or more obstacles and is approximately three times longer in distance.
Ice, heat, water, walls, tubes, barbed wire, hills, mud, rocks, aerial challenges, balance challenges and more mud, water and other elements make up the obstacle course along the way.
The website noted preparation to participate includes the fact that “mental toughness” is a key.
“I wanted to do this race as a group effort,” said Bailey, who has put the team together.
“This is in memory of Justin because I knew this would be a challenge and Justin challenged himself in everything he did,” Bailey added.