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Matt Bove, 20, of Wheatfield, a senior at SUNY Buffalo State and summer intern at WKBW-TV, has spent some of the past few weeks pulling cars. Literally. It’s been part of the preparation for he and several buddies who will participate today and Sunday in the first Tough Mudder competition in Western New York. The 10-mile obstacle course – a British Special Forces-inspired contest in which participants run, scale walls, do pull-ups and climb ropes, while slogging through mud – takes place at Tall Pines ATV Park in Allegany County.

The staples of your diet?

For breakfast, I’m a big oatmeal freak. There’s a lot of oatmeals out there like apple cinnamon and cinnamon sugar, but at that point, they’re dumping sugar in them. They’re not really healthy anymore. So I eat plain oatmeal every morning and I have a Greek yogurt to get some protein in. For lunch, I try to go lean, turkey sandwich on wheat bread with some fruit, maybe some plain popcorn. For dinner, whatever mom’s cooking up. … A lot of fish, a lot of salmon, a lot of grilled tilapia. There’s always a vegetable.

How do you plan to reward yourself food-wise after the race?

Before I started losing weight (three years ago), I loved chicken wings, just like most people in Buffalo do. I really don’t ever eat them anymore because they’re just so bad for you. But I might have to go to Duff’s and get an order of chicken wings.

– Scott Scanlon