TOUGH KID: Jared McManus and his son Timothy, 14, are entering Tough Mudder to raise money for Beyond Blue.
TOUGH KID: Jared McManus and his son Timothy, 14, are entering Tough Mudder to raise money for Beyond Blue. Patrick Woods

Coast teen to take on tough challenge with dad

TIM McManus will face the toughest challenge of his life this month.

The 14-year-old is the youngest on the Sunshine Coast to enter the annual Tough Mudder event with his dad, Jared, after the entry age was dropped from 16 to 14 this year. Mr McManus, who will compete for the fourth time, said it would be a mental and physical challenge for him and his son.

"He's going to face a lot of fears and will have to push through a lot of discomfort and pain, but he's a tough kid,” Mr McManus said.

The pair will take on the classic 16km course of mud and 25 challenging obstacles aimed to get participants out of their comfort zone.

The duo have been training with a daily run and full body workout, including push-ups, dips and chin-ups.

"If I start to find it easy I up the amount I do before and after,” Tim said. "It's been pretty fun as it gets easier because you feel like your going somewhere with it and it's actually helping you, and you feel good.”

Mr McManus said he wanted his five children to eventually take part.

Tough Mudder will be held at Woodford on May 18 and 19 and Mr McManus said it would be a great challenge.

"A lot of people are too scared to try anything, so if Tim can inspire anyone to do that, then that's a win,” he said.



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