Participants from last year's mud run climb a rope wall. The obstacles along the course include climbing, swimming, jumping and crawling.
By: Amanda Palacio
The biggest mud run in North America is back in the Midlands, this Saturday in Sandy Run.
The United States Marine Corps Mud Run kick off their annual event, consisting of a challenging 5.2 mile course, filled with 36 obstacles. The Marines expect over 9,000 people to take on the Leatherneck course this year.
The run supports the Greater Columbia Marine Group, a local non-profit organization that raises money to help Marines and their families particularly, those who have been wounded or killed while serving.
The mud run also is teaming up with other charities. Participants can choose to leave their muddy shoes behind Saturday and a local church will be cleaning and sending them overseas to people in need.
Runners also can donate non-perishable items the day of the event, and those items will be mailed to active soldiers overseas.
Profits from the mud run also go to support college scholarships across the Midlands.