The Marines at Fort Gordon are once again hosting the Marine Mud Challenge May 16 at Fort Gordon.
There will be lots of mud and physical challenges in each part of the event. Last year’s Mud Challenge drew 570 participants from the Central Savannah River Area and Fort Gordon.
The Children’s Challenge, a one mile off-road course, is a noncompetitive off road route with logs and wall obstacles and of course, mud.
There are three start times for the Children’s Challenge: 8, 8:15 and 8:30 a.m. and it all begins and ends in the field located at 3rd Avenue and 3rd Avenue-by-pass [behind the Fort Gordon Dinner Theatre].
This event is for children ages 5-12. The cost is $5 per child. A young participant may be aided by parents or guardians through the course. Each participant will receive a Marine Mud Challenge dog tag and chain. Kids will get very dirty so bring an extra change of clothing for them.
Following the Children’s Challenge is the Marine Mud Challenge which is a 4.5 mile off-road course with numerous obstacles, a stream crossing, hills and of course, mud. There will be staggered starting time beginning at 9 a.m. at the same location as the Children’s Challenge.
Last year’s Mud Challenge included a 16-by- 100 foot long 4 foot deep pit filled with water. Participants had to negotiate 16 logs that were laid across the mud pit which contained 60,000 gallons of water, according to retired Gunnery Sgt. James Meek, last year’s event coordinator.
Teams will consist of four individuals. All team members must complete all 17 obstacles and cross the finish line together. Participants are encouraged to wear pants with draw strings. Pockets will fill up with mud during the challenge and pants or shorts will come off. Bring a change of clothes for the trip home.
There are five team categories: male, female, coed, Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps and para- military [military, firefighters, police and security]. Competitors must be 13 or older to participate.
All race participants will receive an event T-shirt. The top three teams will receive individual awards. First place team members for each category will receive a $50 gift card.
The top three JROTC Training Corps and paramilitary teams will be awarded team trophies. Paramilitary team members must run in boots and uniform trousers.
Proceeds from the challenges will be used for Morale, Welfare and Recreation programs at Fort Gordon which enhance the quality of life for the military community by providing Family services, recreational facilities and entertainment.
Registration forms are available at the Marketing Office of the Fort Gordon Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Office in Room 337 at Darling Hall, the Post Exchange, and Gyms 3, 5, 6 as well as the Fort Gordon Fitness Center on Barnes Avenue.
Participants can also pick up forms at the U.S. Marine Corps Detachment, Building 25707, on Fort Gordon, the local Omni Gym or the Family Y located on Wheeler Road in Augusta, according to Gunnery Sgt. Jared Bean, this year’s coordinator for the event.