To Eric Johnson, finishing in 36th place in the Tough Mudder World Championships last month wasn't so bad. To do what he did was a significant accomplishment.
"I just kept telling myself, ‘Keep going; it’s not as bad as you think,'" said Johnson, who was recently featured in an article by Amanda Calzada of the Rocklin Placer Herald.
Tough Mudder predicted an estimated 10 percent of the crowd would finish, according to the Placer Herald, and exactly 1 percent of the contestants were eventually considered “official finishers.”
The competition, designed by British Special Forces, was created to find the world’s toughest man or woman. To complete the course, participants ran 10-mile laps that featured 40 of the world's most grueling obstacles for a continuous 24 hours.
Johnson, a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from Lincoln, Calif., finished 36th out of 1,000 qualified individuals in a weekend race in Englishtown, N.J.
Johnson completed four laps in the Tough Mudder competition, covering between 40-44 miles. He wanted to do a fifth lap but his fingers were too numb.
Johnson is careful with his diet and has previously completed the American River 50 Mile, the Western States 100-mile endurance run and several ultra marathons.
Johnson, a financial statement auditor for Ernst & Young, served a Spanish-speaking LDS mission in Salt Lake City from 2002-04. He currently serves as the Lincoln California Stake Young Men's secretary and is a district commissioner for the Boy Scouts of America. He and his wife Holly have one son, Warren.
Johnson said he competed in Tough Mudder because he is always looking for a challenge.
"I have always wanted to try a military style boot camp race, and this definitely proved to be both fun and challenging," Johnson said in a press release. "At this event, I finished in the top 5 percent, which qualified me for the World’s Toughest Mudder."
By participating in the race, Johnson raised more than $1,500 for the Wounded Warrior Project. Anyone interested in donating to this cause can visit his blog at www.ericwjohnson.blogspot.com.
"I believe that God has given each one of us certain talents on this Earth to help one another," Johnson said. "One of my talents is running and being able to endure and push my mind and body to the limits. As such, I see this opportunity to compete in the World’s Toughest Mudder as a way to give back and use my talent to raise money to help warriors amongst us in need."