Last week we informed you that we are the proud sponsors of a team of four men that will be competing in the World’s Toughest Mudder. Now, it’s time to get to know them! First up is Kevin.
Name: Kevin Castetter
DOB: 02/24/1982 Age: 31
Tough Mudder nickname: The Gazelle
Profession: Critical Care Nurse at IU Health – Goshen and Parkview Regional Medical Center – Ft. Wayne
Family: Wife-Heidi, Children-Kyler (age: 3) and Karsten (age:1)
Running: Marathons x5 (Chicago x3, Detroit, Cleveland), Tough Mudders x3, 2012 Toys for Tots Marine Mud Run – Overall 1st place
Testimony: My parents divorced when I was young, and I attended a Methodist church with my mother and siblings. I was baptized at a young age and completed confirmation classes during middle school. I committed my life to Christ during my middle school years while at church camp. I was successful academically and athletically during high school even though I was surrounding myself with negative influences who encouraged poor decision making. I take full responsibility for this. I fell farther away from the Lord during college until I met my wife, Heidi, while attending Ball State University. My parents each remarried with both getting divorced for a second time during my time at college. I began attending church more frequently with Heidi as the style of service drew my interest. We eventually married and began attending Warsaw Community Church. We purchased our first home in Millersburg in April of 2008 and shortly thereafter found our way to Grace Community Church. I recommitted my life to Christ on February 26, 2011 in an Epworth Forest chapel during a Wild at Heart men’s retreat. This was 2 days after my 29th birthday and last drink of alcohol. God has truly provided a clearer vision and renewed source of energy in my life. I am excited about the future as I continue to strengthen my relationship with Christ as we navigate life together.
Tough Mudder(TM): I ran my first TM in the Fall of 2011 at the Badlands ATV Park in Attica, IN. I was part of a 13 member team that included current teammate Andy Rumfelt. This was a great experience but left me with many questions about how far I could push myself physically and mentally. I had ran many marathons by this point but felt the TM had the potential to push me farther. I ran my second TM in the Spring of 2012 at an old rock quarry in Amherst, Ohio. Again, after running significantly faster with a smaller team than the first TM, I was left with questions about my personal limits. I contemplated entering a third TM without a team and completing the course to the fastest of my ability. During this time, I had a conversation with current teammate, Jeremiah Olson, and expressed my intentions to him. Conversations led to asking current teammates Andy and Jonathan Corbin to join us in this challenge. From running with Andy in the first TM, I knew we had a good thing forming. We competed in the Maysville, Kentucky TM in the Fall of 2012 with the intention of qualifying in the top 5% of times to reach the World’s Toughest Mudder(WTM). We learned we had qualified for WTM a few days after returning home. The idea of competing in WTM was never seriously discussed until getting together for dinner with the team a few months later. A decision was made that evening, hands were put together in agreement and here we are!
Community Chiropractic & Wellness Center: I’ve been fortunate to recently begin receiving treatments/therapy with Community Chiropractic & Wellness Center. From deep tissue massage to adjustments, these therapies have been instrumental in preparing my body for the upcoming Sunburst marathon. There are many aches, pains, and injuries associated with training; especially for endurance events. It is a great asset for my World’s Toughest Mudder training to have a Community Chiropractic & Wellness Center office in Millersburg, IN where my family and I currently reside. Words can’t express how grateful I am for their support, and I look forward to utilizing their services as we prepare for WTM 2013.
I want to express my sincere thanks to my teammates as well. They have become more than just “Mudder Budddies” during our many months of training. I am very thankful to be surrounded by Godly men who serve as exceptional mentors as we prepare to face the 2013 WTM!