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Monday, October 28, 2013

"MudGladrey" Tough

by Jen Poklemba
Talent Acquisition Manager
Baltimore, MD

Are you MudGladrey tough? We are! Our team, Team MudGladrey, pictured below, can officially call ourselves “Tough Mudders.”  So what is a Tough Mudder - Tough Mudder events are hardcore obstacle courses designed to test your all around strength, stamina, mental grit and camaraderie. On Saturday, October 19th, our team of 6 McGladrey females fought through 11 miles of mountainous, muddy terrain in West Virginia trenching through mud, swimming in 28 degree ice water and then passing through 10,000 volts of live electrical wires. We climbed 12 foot walls, crawled through a series of muddy water filled pipes, jumped from a 15’ platform in to cold water, and even took turns carrying each other in an obstacle called the “Wounded Warrior.”  You’re probably asking yourself – are they crazy? Well… yes, but we aren’t alone! We are now part of a family of over 1 million participants who have tested their limits and endured the challenge all for a good cause, to support the Wounded Warrior Project. I’ve done a lot of races in the past – 5K’s, 10K’s, half marathons, even a 210 mile relay race; but this by far takes the cake. The satisfaction we got by crossing the finish line as a team made the moment that much richer.

As a recruiter for McGladrey I spend a lot of time promoting the firm and talking about our family culture and how our teams work so well together. This experience couldn’t be more proof of what I preach every day. Represented on our team were members from audit, tax, HR and recruiting all coming together to accomplish the same goal. And we nailed it! I feel so thankful to have completed this challenge with such an outstanding group.

To learn more about what we went through, or to sign up for future Tough Mudder events, visit:

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