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83-year-old woman completes her THIRD Tough Mudder endurance race

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An 83-year-old proved that age is just a number when she walked through mud, climbed walls and crawled under barbed wire during her third Tough Mudder run.

Mildred Wilson of Sikeston, Missouri was the oldest person to ever complete the grueling 5K obstacle course when she crossed the finish line in the endurance event which took place held in its home state on May 1.

“There are a lot of people who think that as they get older they just have to sit down and quit. That’s not the case,’ Wilson told KAIT last month before the competition.

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Mildred Wilson, 83, of Sikeston, Missouri, competed in her third Tough Mudder race in her home state on May 1

The octogenarian was the oldest person to complete the 5km obstacle course when she crossed the finish line

The octogenarian was the oldest person to complete the 5km obstacle course when she crossed the finish line

Wilson trained for the grueling three-mile run by playing pickleball and walking

Wilson trained for the grueling three-mile run by playing pickleball and walking

The Tough Mudder 5K has 13 treacherous obstacles, and the octogenarian trained for the three-mile run by playing pickleball and walking.

“I just appreciate them,” she said. “I’ve always loved competition.”

Wilson was inspired to compete in her first Tough Mudder race in 2019, aged 80, after watching her son Danny Wilson take on the challenge of the world’s toughest obstacle course in Las Vegas.

She told KFVS that when Danny asked her if she wanted to try a race, she replied, “Yes, but if I do, I really want to be able to do it.” Not just being there.

The Tough Mudder 5K has 13 treacherous obstacles, including a towering cargo net that participants must scale

The Tough Mudder 5K has 13 treacherous obstacles, including a towering cargo net that participants must scale

“There are a lot of people who think that as they get older they just have to sit down and quit. That’s not the case,” Wilson told KAIT last month ahead of the competition.

Wilson completed his first Tough Mudder race with his son Danny Wilson in 2019, aged 80.  He was also by her side at this month's event (pictured)

Wilson completed his first Tough Mudder race with his son Danny Wilson in 2019, aged 80. He was also by her side at this month’s event (pictured)

Wilson joined the YMCA and spent several months getting in shape for the event after being cleared by her doctor to compete.

“I wanted to make sure he felt I was strong enough to do it,” she said at the time. “He gave me the green light to do it.”

Wilson’s son was by her side as they completed their first Tough Mudder together, and she had family and friends cheering her on, including her husband, Farrell Wilson.

“He’s my biggest supporter,” she said of Farrell. “Whatever I decide to do, he pretty much lets me do it.”

Wilson was covered in mud as she used a rope to scale one of the obstacle course walls

Wilson was covered in mud as she used a rope to scale one of the obstacle course walls

When the going got tough, she got a boost from other contestants

When the going got tough, she got a boost from other contestants

Wilson used his third run to raise money for his son Danny's youth group to build a fresh water well in Africa

Wilson used his third run to raise money for his son Danny’s youth group to build a fresh water well in Africa

In 2020, Wilson participated in a Conquer the Gauntlet event in Arkansas and raised $12,000 for Danny’s youth group to build a freshwater well in Africa.

She ran in honor of her husband, Farrell, who died of a heart attack while being treated for COVID-19, the Standard Democrat reported.

Ahead of her third Tough Mudder run, she and her son — a young pastor from Bethel Assembly of God in Cape Girardeau — started a GoFundMe to raise money to build a freshwater well in another African village.

“I will get muddy so others can drink clean water,” she wrote. ‘I would love for you to help me make this vision a reality!!! ‘

Wilson was cheered on by her husband when she entered her first race in 2019

Wilson was cheered on by her husband when she entered her first race in 2019

“He’s my biggest supporter,” she told KFVS of her husband in 2019. “Anything I decide to do, he pretty much lets me do it.” The couple are pictured on their wedding day in May 1963

In 2020, Wilson entered her second Tough Mudder race in honor of her late husband, who died of a heart attack while being treated for COVID-19 that year.

In 2020, Wilson entered her second Tough Mudder race in honor of her late husband, who died of a heart attack while being treated for COVID-19 that year.

So far, Wilson has raised $1,750 of his $5,000 goal.

“A well costs $65,000, but the company that builds it gives it a lifetime warranty,” she told the Standard Democrat. “For $25 a person can drink clean water for a lifetime.”

Wilson also had another special reason to participate in his third Tough Mudder.

“I’m not just doing this in memory of my husband, I’m doing this to honor my daughter-in-law Tanya Wilson, who is battling pancreatic cancer,” she said.

The event has become a tradition for her and her son, who helps her through obstacles when she needs it.

‘He runs the 10-mile [Tough Mudder] Saturday, then he does the shortest with me on Sunday,” Wilson explained. “He keeps an eye on me.

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