Brad Scudder, CEO of Rugged Races: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

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Rob Dickens and Brad Scudder (ABC/Michael Ansell)

Climbing over walls, crawling through mud and jumping over fire are just some of the obstacles that participants face in Rugged Races’ obstacle courses.

On April 25, Brad Scudder, CEO, and his COO, Rob Dickens, face another obstacle: the investors on Shark Tank.

Here’s what you need to know about the extreme-sport enthusiast who decided to change career paths and put all his money into a daring idea.

1. He Was Hesitant to Go on ‘Shark Tank’

The idea came to him and Dickens one night over drinks. Since they had always wanted to run with the bulls in Pamplona, they figured others must share that passion.

The event usually consists of up to 600 participants and 18 bulls. Professional bull handlers and medics and are site to ensure safety throughout the quarter-mile track.

Their website describes the event like this:

This isn’t a charity 5k or a simulated bull run with people dressed in bull costumes chasing you down the street. This is the real deal, modeled after the famous San Fermin festival in Pamplona, Spain, but without all the time and money required for a trip to Europe!

5. He’s a Former Lawyer

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(ABC/Michael Ansell)

The former attorney attended Stonehill College and UConn law school. “I got tired of being between people’s problems,” he said.

He continued, “There’s a lot of paperwork and writing and there’s not a lot of glamour to it. I wasn’t dealing with constitutional issues and I wasn’t changing the world. I wanted to get out.”

Before his foray into extreme sporting events, Dickens was a corporate lawyer on Wall Street.

Scudder told Masslive:

I financed the company with every cent I’ve ever earned from two years of practicing law. My family thought I was crazy. But, they were not surprised.

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