News: A muddy good time
Story by Sgt. Cody Quinn
JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. - An army of costumed Soldiers and civilians got their hands, and colorful outfits, filthy at the Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., Morale, Welfare and Recreation’s 9th Annual 5k Down & Dirty Mud Run Series July 19.
The physically challenging event consisted of 14 obstacles designed to test participants’ endurance, and get them more than a little muddy.
“I don’t know why people want to get dirty, muddy and nasty, but it’s our most popular event,” said Lizza Lockett, the intramural sports coordinator for the JBLM MWR.
Approximately 725 people preregistered for the run, and another 200 were expected to sign up on the day of, said Lockett.
The nearly thousand strong crowd was adorned in superhero costumes ranging from detailed Batman suits to Wonder Woman pajamas. The bright colors and various outfits were turned brown by layers of mud once the challenge was completed.
“It’s fun. We did one at Fort Irwin like this, so we figured we’d come here and do this one,” said Sgt. Andrew Galvan, a Soldier with 2nd Battalion, 1st Infantry Regiment, 2-2 Stryker Brigade Combat team, 7th Infantry Division on JBLM.
Galvan and Spc. Anthony Lara, a Soldier with 2-1 Infantry Battalion, dressed up as Leonardo and Raphael from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles as part of a group theme, said Galvan.
The mud run is part of a series of runs sponsored by the MWR throughout the year, said Lockett.
“We’re promoting a fun, healthy event for the JBLM community and their families,” said Lockett.
The annual event is likely to return next year and, if the bright smiles shining through muddy faces are any indicator, another large crowd and wild time is expected.