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October 21, 2013

Jean DePlacido column: Tough Mudder champ Pak to hold contest in Beverly

Want to learn how to be successful in tough mudder competitions from an expert?

One lucky winner will receive a 1-on-1 personal coaching session with the World’s Toughest Mudder champion Junyong Pak at Lynch Park in Beverly this Saturday (9 a.m. to 3 p.m.) as well as a 4-hour professional video that will be broadcast on YouTube.

Pak. the two-time world champion from Beverly, will be going for three titles in a row Nov. 16-17 at Raceway Park in Englishtown, N.J., where the World Toughest Mudder event will be held on an obstacle course that organizers promise to be more challenging than ever before.

The big winner of the CoachUp’s Ambassador program that Pak is in partnership with is his favorite charity, the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Salem, which receives all proceeds.

This brand new program to pair up professional athletes like Pak began last month and aims to change the course of the lives of youngsters through sports. Athletes can enter by making a $10 donation to the Boys and Girls Club, and the winner gets an intensive coaching session with Pak along with a ticket to the World Tough Mudder event. Entries will be accepted through Wednesday, when the winner will be announced (www.ambassador.coachup.com), That person will be able to bring another athlete along to work with Pak.

“They contacted me and asked if I was interested,” said the 35-year-old Pak. “It’s a great opportunity to give back to the community. I’m all for it because I want to help people.

“What I’ll do in the coaching session depends on who wins, how old the person is, and what kind of races he or she is interested in as well as the level of talent. It makes a big difference if somebody is looking to participate in races vs. one that wants to bring their ‘A’ game to win. The contest is geared toward Tough Mudder competition, and I’m assuming those that enter want to learn how to do better. If it happens to be somebody looking to do better in marathons, I’ll gear the workout session to their goal.”

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