Newark, NJ --It’s not your mother’s marathon. Three über tough members of the Newark Beth Israel Medical Center (NBIMC) community recently competed in Tough Mudder, a hardcore 10-12 mile obstacle course that is featured at various sites nationally and around the world. Tatiana Alvarez, RN, Clinical Supervisor/ Transplant Coordinator; Beth Coplan, Transplant Dietician; and Kristin Kacsur, Transplant Coordinator, all members of the Renal and Pancreas Transplant Program at NBIMC, completed the treacherous course on May 13. More than 10,000 people came out to test their endurance at the competition at Pocono Manor.
“Despite the fear of not knowing if I would be able to complete the course, the best part of the event was doing it with Kristin and Tatiana,” says Beth Coplan. “They were so helpful and supportive. We had each other’s backs throughout the entire course. There was also support and camaraderie from the other teams. Everyone in the event helped with different obstacles when needed.”
The Tough Mudder courses, which were designed by British Special Forces to test strength, stamina, mental grit, and camaraderie, are premier adventure challenge for those who are physically fit.
Some of the obstacles include: The Berlin Walls, three 12′ wooden walls that must be scaled; Cliff Hanger, a 40′ cliff of slippery mud angled at 45-degrees to descend; Boa Constrictor, a series of pipes to crawl through that force contestants into freezing mud; Electroshock Therapy, a field of live wires, some carrying as much as 10,000 volts of electric shock, to sprint through; Fire Walker, running through a trench of blazing, kerosene soaked straw; Funky Monkey, monkey bars greased with mud and butter; Everest—a quarter-pipe coated in mud and grease that must be climbed.
Tatiana reports that the toughest obstacles were the monkey bars and rings, as well as getting over the first wall.
“I would do it again with my teammates,” she adds.
The world-class Renal and Pancreas Transplant Division, with programs at Saint Barnabas Medical Center and Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, is one of the world's most progressive transplant programs and one of the largest programs among 240 in the United States. For more information about please call 1-877-878-7555.
Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, (NBIMC), a 673-bed regional care teaching hospital, provides comprehensive health care to its local communities and well beyond. NBIMC has more than 800 physicians, 3,200 employees and 150 volunteers with over 300,000 outpatient visits and 25,000 admissions annually. NBIMC is fifth in the nation in the number of heart transplants with better than expected outcomes, has the only lung transplant program in New Jersey, and combined with Saint Barnabas Medical Center, both Saint Barnabas Health Care System affiliates, is third in the nation for kidney transplants, by volume. To learn more, visit us on line at www.newarkbeth.com
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Date: June 6, 2012
Contact: Beth Salamon
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