On your mark, get set, MUD RUN!

Story and photos by Maj. Raul E. Marquez
13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) Public Affairs

FORT HOOD, Tx. — For the third year in a row, the Killeen Armed Services YMCA conducted the Mud Run with support from Soldiers, family members and civilian volunteers here April 25.

With over 350 registrations and four major Fort Hood units in support, this event promised to be a day filled with fun for Soldiers, civilians and family members who were not afraid to get a little dirty.

“This is the first year we conducted this event here at Camp Arrowhead,” said Karol Pinkerton, a spouse from the 1st Cavalry Division’s Special Troops Battalion and the Military Program Coordinator for the Killeen ASYMCA. “This is definitely a more family-friendly location than the training area we used the past two years.”

Command Sgt. Maj. Donald R. Felt, senior non-commissioned officer, Fort Hood Garrison, opened the event and thanked the Soldiers from 4th Sustainment Brigade, 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), 1st DSTB, 2nd Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cav. Div., and 62nd Engineer Brigade for supporting and the ASYMCA for conducting the event at Ft. Hood.

The Mud Run included events for all participants: a 1.3 mile course for kids and youth, and a 3.0 mile rugged course with up-hills, valleys, and two creek crossings to get the runners muddy.

“We are proud of the relationship we have with the Killeen ASYMCA and the support they provide our Soldiers,” said Maj. Alanna Cook, commander, Rear Detachment, 4th SB, 13th ESC, and lead military coordinator for the event. 

“The Y provided free T-shirts, food and drinks for everyone and made it a great event,” said Cook. 

Pinkerton stated that the primary focus of the ASYMCA is to provide continuous support to the Soldiers and their families, especially their children.  They also support the Fort Hood Better Opportunity for Single Soldiers [BOSS] program.

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Children participating of the third Killeen Armed Services YMCA Mud Run enjoy a slip-and-slide prepared by event volunteers. (U.S. Army Photo by Maj. Raul E. Marquez, 13th ESC PAO)

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Pfc. Pablo Reyes, a Soldier with the 1st Cavalry Division's Special Troops Battalion completes the third Killeen Armed Services YMCA Mud Run with only one shoe. Reyes lost his shoe while crossing one of the muddy portions of the course and ran the remaining distance without it. (U.S. Army Photo by Maj. Raul E. Marquez, 13th ESC PAO)

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Maj. Alanna Cook, commander, Rear Detachment, 4th SB, 13th ESC, and head military coordinator for the event, completes the 3.0 mile course during the third Killeen Armed Services YMCA Mud Run. Over 350 Soldiers, family members and civilians signed up to participate of the run at Camp Arrowhead at Ft. Hood, April 25. (U.S. Army Photo by Maj. Raul E. Marquez, 13th ESC PAO)

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Kids begin their 1.3 mile course at the third Killeen Armed Services YMCA Mud Run, which included a creek crossing. Over 350 Soldiers, family members and civilians signed up to participate of the run at Camp Arrowhead at Ft. Hood, April 25. (U.S. Army Photo by Maj. Raul E. Marquez, 13th ESC PAO)

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Lt. Col. Steve Cook, commander, Regimental Support Squadron, 3d ACR, crosses the muddy portion of the course during the third Killeen Armed Services YMCA Mud Run. Over 350 Soldiers, family members and civilians signed up to participate of the run at Camp Arrowhead at Ft. Hood, April 25. (U.S. Army Photo by Maj. Raul E. Marquez, 13th ESC PAO)

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A young group of runners along with their parents cross the muddy portion of the course during the third Killeen Armed Services YMCA Mud Run. Over 350 Soldiers, family members and civilians signed up to participate of the run at Camp Arrowhead at Ft. Hood, April 25. (U.S. Army Photo by Maj. Raul E. Marquez, 13th ESC PAO)

 

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Participants of the third Killeen Armed Services YMCA Mud Run wait for the event to begin. Over 350 Soldiers, family members and civilians signed up to participate of the run at Camp Arrowhead at Ft. Hood, April 25. (U.S. Army Photo by Maj. Raul E. Marquez, 13th ESC PAO)

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Members of the Killeen Armed Services YMCA work at the grill during the third ASYMCA Mud Run at Camp Arrowhead, Fort Hood April 25. The ASYMCA donated the food, drinks and T-shirts during the event. (U.S. Army Photo by Maj. Raul E. Marquez, 13th ESC PAO)

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Staff Sgt. Christopher Warren, 4th SB, provides an overview of the course to the participants of the third Killeen Armed Services YMCA Mud Run prior to the start of the race. Over 350 Soldiers, family members and civilians signed up to participate of the run at Camp Arrowhead at Ft. Hood, April 25. (U.S. Army Photo by Maj. Raul E. Marquez, 13th ESC PAO)