A group of seven members of a fitness class taught by Casandra Stouder have spent the last couple of months gearing up for the Mogollon Monster Mudder 5K.
The class is part of Stouder’s work with the Tonto Apache Tribe with whom she is the diabetes program coordinator and fitness trainer.
“I wanted to support Cameron Davis’ effort and arranged for him to meet with the tribal leadership,” Stouder said.
The meeting led to the use of TAT land for parking for the games and then expanded — members of Stouder’s class decided they would like to train to be in the 5K.
Eight weeks ago training started with conditioning and meal planning. Stouder said the group has worked hard and has realized some additional benefits beyond improved health and fitness.
“They have been getting to know one another. So, as a team they have more of a mental connection. They have come to rely on one another and encourage each other,” Stouder said.
The team has also had an opportunity to go over the course to become familiar with it — though the obstacles weren’t expected to be on site until the week before the event.
The group has decided to call itself the Tonto Warriors for the 5K; they will have matching T-shirts and bandannas. Stouder said they are also going to paint their faces.
She said the group’s goal is to accomplish the 5K and be able to say they accomplished it.