Camp Pendleton, Calif. -- About 6,500 Marines and their families turned out for the first day alone of Marine Corps Community Service’s “World Famous Mud Run” - a four-day series of races sponsored by U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Special Operations Command.
The 10k run, which was part of MCCS’s Hard Corps Race Series, took place June 3-5, and again the following Saturday – each day receiving a similar turnout, except for June 3, when the course was run exclusively by about 300 servicemembers.
“This is a great way of getting MARSOC’s name out,” said Capt. Tara Young, MARSOC’s Marketing and Advertising officer. “We have recruiters out there, so the runners can ask them questions and get information about MARSOC. It’s a way of putting our name on an event that our target market is interested in attending.”
The course featured a variety of obstacles, including river crossings, five-foot walls and a muddy hill climb, all leading up to the final stretch – a 30-foot mud pit.
Participants had the option of registering as “Open category,” which imposed no restrictions on attire, or “Boots and Utilities,” which required the runner to wear military apparel. The course could be run individually, or with a five-person team.
The races concluded with awards ceremonies that recognized the top individual and team competitors from every age group. After the ceremonies, participants and their families had the opportunity to enjoy beer and barbecue at the Filthy Fun Fest, which featured live bands and performances from Gary Sinise and the Lt. Dan Band, comedian Dana Carvey, and more. Showers were not required.
“I recommend this race to anyone who can participate,” said Crystal Fink, MARSOC’s Recruiting Operations assistant. “It’s a great way to spend the weekend.”
For more information on the Hard Corps Race Series, visit www.camppendletonraces.com.