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Athletes help Marine get Tough Mudder

Local athletes are helping to make the dream of a war hero living right here in Pueblo West come true.

Folks from Devil Dogg Cross Fit – and others – are contributing to a campaign to help Colton Carlson compete in a Tough Mudder competition in September.

Carlson is a young Marine who, while in Afghanistan, stepped on an explosive device and lost both of his legs.

Now with two prosthetic limbs, his goal is to participate in a Tough Mudder competition.

Owner of Devil Dogg Cross Fit Chris Carter, a fellow Marine, wanted to support Carlson, so he’s been helping him train and has also organized a campaign to help Carlson and his wife with the cost of the Tough Mudder weekend.

Devil Dogg Cross Fit will again host the “Memorial Day Murph” competition – a tough workout done by Cross Fit participants nationwide in support of wounded warriors.

This year, 50-percent of the registration fees for Devil Dogg’s Memorial Day Murph competition will go to the “Colton is one Tough Mudder” campaign.

“Colton is training here at Devil Dogg Cross Fit and he’s a strong guy. We’re modifying things for him, and that’s what’s so great about Cross Fit,” Carter said.

“I’ve never trained someone who lost both his legs.”

Last year, money from the Memorial Day Murph at Devil Dogg Cross Fit went to the Wounded Warrior Project, which helps wounded soldiers accomplish dreams.

This year, Carter said he decided to help Carlson directly since he was a local, deserving wounded warrior.

Carter said Carlson is very quiet and quick to shrug off what he’s done for his country, so Carter hopes the Colton is One Tough Mudder campaign helps show how much he’s appreciated.

“He won a purple heart,” Carter said.

“He’s a war hero and he deserves recognition for it.

“We want him and his wife to have a weekend to remember.”

This year’s Memorial Day Murph competition at DDCF will be a team competition, and Carter said there will be participants from other area gyms coming out to compete.

The Young Marines of Pueblo are going to put up a flagpole at the gym and raise a flag the morning of the competition.

To learn more about the competition or help support the Colton is One Tough Mudder campaign, visit www.devildoggcrossfit.com.

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