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Taking on the World’s Toughest Mudder

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David Olson of Keene will compete in the World’s Toughest Mudder 2013, a 24-hour, ultra-endurance obstacle race in Englishtown N. J. on Saturday and Sunday. This will be Olson’s second time competing with his family watching during the daylight hours.

“It’s been great to have the support of my wife and kids as I prepare for my second attempt at this endurance event,” Olson said.

Part of Olson’s drive to train for and complete this race is to raise money for The Grapevine Family & Community Resource Center in Antrim. The Grapevine is a small nonprofit organization with a mission to promote family and community health and well-being through support, education and the sharing of resources. Olson, who participated in the Better Beginnings parent-child program at The Grapevine with his two young children, has a goal to raise $100 per racing-hour for the duration of the event.

Olson’s connection to The Grapevine began with family – his sister, Kristen Vance, is the executive director.

“It was so great to see David, Lily and Audric at The Grapevine every week, and it’s a wonderful thing for me that David is helping The Grapevine through his passion for running,” Vance said.

Donations to The Grapevine in support of Olson’s efforts can be made at after a search for “WTM2013.” To follow Olson as he runs the World’s Toughest Mudder, visit his professional website For more information about The Grapevine, visit

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