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W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | s p r i n g 2 0 1 5 Night's Watch 128 dark hours of early morning when most people are still comfortably asleep in their beds. Come race day, a dozen men from Wellesley – together with their families – went to Mount Snow in Vermont. Musikavanhu intertwined a pink ribbon in his shoelaces for inspiration. He readily admits he was the heaviest guy on the team and really struggled, especially at the 12-foot "Berlin Wall" – considered by many to be course's toughest obstacle. Race officials allow participants to bypass the wall if it proves too difficult. "But that wall was nothing compared to what Dave had faced," Musikavanhu says. "I was going to make it over if it killed me." But he failed in attempt after attempt. Until Night's Watch teammate Will Gray stepped up. A Show of Support Night's Watch started in the fall of 2013 when Dave Atallah of Wellesley began training with Cavallerano to tackle the Tough Mudder in Vermont the following May. Atallah's goal was a personal one. He wanted to take on the race's physical challenges as a tribute to the courage and strength his wife Brooke had shown during her battle with cancer. Family friend Gail Musikavanhu says that after Brooke's death in 2012, many in Wellesley wanted to show their support to Dave and his children, Tess and Davis. "But men don't just get together and talk about their feelings the way women do," she says. "They need actions." Still, when her husband Tendai said he was going to do the Tough Mudder with Atallah, she was floored. As she tells it now, Tendai was some 60 pounds heavier and could barely run down the driveway, let alone survive a 10-plus-mile obstacle course. But her husband is a man of his word and he started training. Others joined in as word of the Tough Mudder challenge spread. They took the name "Night's Watch" because their workouts start in the background: John Pastore leads the pack through "Electroshock Therapy." left to right: Teamwork was required to get everyone up and over the "Pyramid Scheme" wall. " I was going to make it over if it killed me." cTendai Musikavanhu P H O T O S B Y H E A T H E R S H A N A H A N

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