Hundreds support Seabees in annual mud run

Some first time mud runners didn't know what to expect but looked forward to the challenge. (Photo source: WLOX)
Some first time mud runners didn't know what to expect but looked forward to the challenge. (Photo source: WLOX)
The wet and muddy race was created to help fund the Seabee's annual Spring Ball. (Photo source: WLOX)
The wet and muddy race was created to help fund the Seabee's annual Spring Ball. (Photo source: WLOX)

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - A muddy workout is what you can call the 19th annual Seabee Volkslauf Mud Run. Running is nothing new for a number of these Seabee supporters, but some say in this type of race, you can definitely tell the difference between pavement and running through pits of mud.

"It's a lot more strenuous, a lot more work," Deanna Sworg said.

Some first time mud runners didn't know what to expect but looked forward to the challenge.

"I just wanted to test my skills and see how I do in the mud. I'm expecting to make it, but I'm expecting to be in a little pain afterwards too," says Jamie Montiforte.

The nearly five mile race started on pavement, but as hundreds of runners took off from the start line, they had no idea what was ahead. They faced a complete obstacle course that tested their bodies and minds.

"It was a good course. A little different from when I did it before, but a lot of running and a lot of mud," Emily Fowler said.

The wet and muddy race was created to help fund the Seabee's annual Spring Ball, so spending the morning battling up mud hills and sinking in a mud bath gave some adrenaline junkies their quick fix.

"I love competing. I love the adrenaline. All my friends do it, and it's just what we do for enjoyment," said Fowler.

Whether you were trotting alone or had a little push, making it to the finish line was the goal. Once runners made it, they were welcomed with cheers, high fives, a medal, and of course, a little mud left in their shoes.

Saturday's event brought in more than $10,000 and more than 1,200 registered runners participated.

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