Shumanay brings this week's case against her husband Jon. A chronic illness has long prevented Shumanay from engaging in strenuous physical activity, but recent improvements in her condition have allowed her to take up running. She would like to take advantage of her new abilities by participating in a long-distance endurance run with obstacles, but Jon objects to the plan, citing possible threats to Shumanay's health and a belief that Shumanay's chosen race is silly and embarrassing. Who is in the right? Judge John Hodgman decides.
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Evidence from Shumanay:
Email testimony from her brother Nick, who has previously participated in the race Shumanay wishes to run:
Dear Judge Hodgman,
My sister Shumanay could benefit from participating in the Tough Mudder next October. The purpose of this event is to push yourself mentally and physically, it is not a race. As a member of our six person team, Shu will be helped through the parts she finds difficult, as well as helping the others through the sections they find difficult (Plus, it's a chance to get all muddy). I admire Shumanay's desire to set a goal and push herself given her past health issues.
I think finishing the Tough Mudder would give her a great sense of accomplishment and would be a victory for her physically. Jon has said that the Tough Mudder is "lame"; having ran in last years event I can tell you that it is not. It's a chance to prove to yourself that you're still a bad-ass, even at this age. A chance for Shumanay to regain her physical self confidence after dealing with pain for so long. I challenge Jon to take part in next years event as well. So that he can see and feel the camaraderie that develops between sisters and brothers, teammates and friends, and in fact all the Tough Mudder participants......... And that feeling is definitely NOT lame.
Evidence from Jon
A presentation showing the silliness of the Tough Mudder race (PDF)