Hosted by the U.S. Marine Corps’ Columbia Marine Foundation, the annual Mud Run event is a 5.2 mile course featuring 34 obstacles which include holes, walls, trenches, lots of mud and more mud.
The event takes place Saturday at the Leatherneck Course at Sandy Run in Columbia. Nancye Bailey, the event manager gives us an image of what it’s like to participate in the event.
You are going through water, over hills, you’re covered in sand and mud, you’re diving through pools, swimming in mud, swimming in muddy water, swinging on ropes, climbing up walls, jumping over obstacles, running up and down hills, doing zig zag, fording creeks, it really, truly is a mirror image of what the military obstacle course training courses are.
Baily tells us there are over 7,000 men and women registered to participate in this year’s event.
The money from the event is raised to benefit different charities that they support. All of the charities are in some way related to marine families, whether it’s wounded marines, their wives, their children, they give a lot of scholarships, they promote a lot of JROTC groups in the city. It really is a very tight-knit community and the cause is great.
All proceeds from the Mud Run go to area families of marines who have been wounded or killed in action. Bailey says the all-day event begins early and is for the whole family.
There are no tickets, it’s free, open to the public. You can come out. The first team goes off at 7:30 (a.m.) and they will run about every 20 seconds until about 4 o’clock in the afternoon. We’ve got husbands that’s going to be providing food and we’ve got three musical entertainment groups, ending with Elliot and the Untouchables about 4 o’clock.
The weather forecast calls for early morning rain but Bailey says, so what! “The course manager has been hard at work making sure everything is very muddy. So, we like the rain too, because it does help things. It’s rain or shine. The way I look at things, is if you’re going to be muddy, you may as well be muddy!”
For more information go to: www.usmcmudrun.org