Call him Bruce or Rocky, he's one tough mudder
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To the Editor,

I’m writing to you re: my brother Bruce who turns 61 in August His close friends of 35 years know him as Rocky. He is married to a wonderful lady who is very supportive, has a 23 year old strong-willed daughter, and a 10 year old very active son.

My brother is a baker by trade, with an expertise in baking the most exquisite pasteries quite pleasing to any palate. Oh, don’t let that fool you. Chef Gordon Ramsey would be most impressed with the elegant gourmet dinners he prepares for the many traditional family & friends gatherings, from cookouts to a New England home cooked lobster/clam bake.

Bruce has always been a giving person who is selfless, and effortlessly puts others first. He doesn’t hesitate, dropping off a cheesecake or home cooked meal to a neighbor simply displaying his appreciation of friend in his community. I have witnessed him carrying on our grandfather’s legacy by fulfilling wish list letter addressed to Santa from kids residing in orphanages, or handing money over to a homeless person, while strolling through the Boston Common.

Although a taste for fine pasteries, Bruce’s lifestyle does include eating healthy: and yes I can honestly attest to the fact that his diet includes FDA guidelines of at least nine servings of fruit and veggies daily. He has always been physically active; from wrestleing back in his high school days to solely hitchhiking his way to Europe around the age of 18, while cooking at campsites and working odd jobs along the way surviving his six month journey.

So its no surprise, when my brother Bruce learned of Tough Mudder I knew it was a challenge he would undertake. Tough Mudder is a military style endurance race with a grueling and rigorous obstacle course. His intense triathlon training increased tremendously two years ago disciplining himself to be prepared for such a course. When my brother shared this news with me, I asked, “Hey what do ya win”? His reply was “A headband and a beer, and its not about winning, its the preparation in getting there, and most important a portion of charitable donations go to the Wounded Warrior Program.”

Okay, so now it all made sense! Bruce attended his first Tough Mudder race last year completing it with pride. He did return this year to West Dover, VT, more prepared then ever; entering the first race that morning. There was gossip around town with whispers of this crazy person having the guts to complete the course twice in one day. I may know something about this secret, but when you ask my brother about how many headbands he earned in one day, he will look at you, just smirk and reply “You’ll never know, but participating was quite an honor with no regrets”.

Happy Fathers Day Big Brother

You are a true warrior that no one can deny.

Love your 58 year old younger sister.

Linda Arias

Valencia, CA

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