17th Annual Mud Run a Success - DatelineCarolina

17th Annual Marine Mud Run a Success

Retired Marine, Carlton Johnson says the Mud Run is all about giving back to our military heroes. Retired Marine, Carlton Johnson says the Mud Run is all about giving back to our military heroes.

By:  Laura Kuhen

Posted: October 1, 2010 11:00 am

Picture this: 4.2 miles of tough terrain, 32 obstacles with more mud than you know what to do with, and 95 degree heat. Welcome to the Leatherneck at Sandy Ridge, the new home of the Marine's annual Mud Run in Gaston, SC.

Over 14,000 people took on the challenging course in the 17th annual Mud Run on Saturday.

Participants ran, climbed, and even swam through mud.

Some of the hardest obstacles included a 10 foot wall, where teammate had to help each other over a wall, and the mud pit, which felt almost like quicksand. Once you got in... it was really hard to get out.

As much fun as the course is, retired Marine Carlton Johnson believes the Mud Run is truly about giving back to our military heroes.

    "For me, helping marines is the job of every marine, we probably stick together closer than the other branches in the service and... once a marine, always a marine," said Johnson.

The event raised money for U.S. Marines and for families of Marines from the Columbia area who have been killed while serving in active duty.

The team Muddy Britches won the Mud Run with an impressive time of 39 minutes and 47 seconds. The longest time taken to finish the course was 3 hours and 14 minutes.

 

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