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"ToughKids / Toughman Results - Our Deepest Fear"

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Written by Pat Curran

Posted on 17 January 2018

Last Updated 17 January 2018




“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.

Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.

It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us.


Your playing small does not serve the world.

There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that

other people won’t feel insecure around you.


We are all meant to shine as children do.

It’s not just in some of us. It is in everyone.

And as we let our own lights shine, we unconsciously

give other people permission to do the same.

As we are liberated from our own fear,

our presence automatically liberates others.


Sir, I just want to say, Thank you...

You saved my life.”



Rick Gonzalez as Timo Cruz in “Coach Carter”

To watch video, click here


First, I want to congratulate Elizabeth and Lauren for completing their race on Saturday. By staying together, Lauren successfully overcame her fear of the swim, and Elizabeth received lots of encouragement during the run. Both crossed the finish line at the same time holding hands, which made Mom and Dad very proud. Once again, you’ve shown that you are “TOUGHKIDS” and no one can ever take that away from you!


As far as the TOUGHMAN race, it was a pretty wild journey. The 1.2 mile swim had a very strong current which eliminated 6 out of the 13 Clydesdales from the competition. Cut off was 1 hour for the swim. I finished in 45 minutes, much slower than anticipated. During the 56-mile bike, my chain became severely wedged against the frame at Mile 27. After losing 20 minutes trying to fix the problem, I decided to grab my bike and start running the course. I know that choice seems a bit irrational, but it paid off in the matter of minutes when a “Good Samaritan Racer” stopped to help. Finally came the 13.1 mile run. Given the sun and temperature, I remained very steady with pace and stopped at each water station. I was very pleased with my 2 hr 29 min run time.


My overall time for the race was 7:06 minutes. Even though I had a better time in mind, I finished my last TOUGHMAN race very satisfied. It felt like a final exam. In the mist of several set-backs (all not written), I relied on faith and spirit to fill in the gaps and find a way forward.

Freedom’s Light – The Conclusion:

As I close my own “Heroes Journey” for training and writing to my girls, I have one final question to tackle. With all of the bad things going on in the world, why does God stand idle? It’s a question I’ve been carrying with me for years.


I realize now that my question is based on a false assumption. God is not idle. Actually, God is deeply engaged and has sent his greatest heroes (in my faith, even his own Son) to help us. So, where are these heroes today? The answer is simple after all: They are us! We just need the courage to go find that hero from within and be who we are created to be.


You are the salt of the earth.  You are the light to the world.  Go forth and set other people free with your gifts, talents, and faith.


Kyrie eleison! (God have mercy on us all!).


Thank you for such wonderful support over the years. Good luck on your hero’s journey. Please stay in touch…

God Bless,