Can you believe it? It is already November! We are more than halfway done with fourth class year! As I sit here at my desk looking at my countdown clock seeing that I only have 1293 days to go I think, “Man that is still a long time to go…” October was a super busy month. From a corps-wide lecture with Joseph Kennedy II to having the time of my life accomplishing a Tough Mudder, the opportunities I have been able to take advantage of are endless. At the beginning of the month I was able to run in the Hartford 5K which was held at the Hartford Marathon and Half Marathon location. After running the 5K, I know my goal is to run the half marathon next year and who knows the full marathon the year after that!
The Academy has also given me the opportunity to get involved with the New London community. This past month was Breast Cancer Awareness month and I was able to start a collection to donate to the American Cancer Society and participate in the Breast Cancer walk in the local community. After surviving Hurricane Sandy, cadets have had the opportunity to get involved with the cleanup effort. It feels great to be able to give back to the community that supports us so much! I also had the chance to go to Providence, Rhode Island and see a Providence Bruins game with my fellow shipmates. It was a great bonding experience! The main highlight of my month, however, was accomplishing the Tough Mudder in New Jersey! It consisted of a 12 mile obstacle course involving walls, fire pits, electric shocks, and of course mud! I really could not believe how much fun it was! It took a little over three hours to complete but the bonding experience with my company officer and people from all classes in my company is a memory that I will never forget! I cannot wait to do my next one in August 2013!
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate! Nathan.D.Belanger@uscga.edu
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