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Competition Gets Messy

A little bit of heat and a whole lot of sun didn't stop people from putting on their running shoes. Hundreds showed up at the Seabee Base in Gulfport for the 12th Annual Volkslauf Mud Run.

"It was new because I never really actually ran through the mud like that and mud went over your head and everything," says runner Dalton Howe.

More than 300 hundred runners participated in the 12th Annual Volkslauf Mud Competition and the five mile course was no walk in the park. There were a lot of hills, woods and who can forget all that mud.

"I do triathalons, so I run, swim and bike pretty regularly," says Tim O'Fallon.

This is O'Fallon's fourth year at the race. His average time is under 41 minutes but this year he says the course was not what he expected.

"Last year you actually ran up mounds of dirt and when you came down. You went into mud puddles which stunk pretty bad. This year it was a little bit more concrete, and I'm not going to lie, I came out here to get dirty and muddy. But it was still an enjoyable race," says O'Fallon.

It was fun for all, whether you ran solo or with a group of friends.

"We have teams running across holding hands, good sportsmanship, good morale, all across everybody is having one outstanding day," said Chief Brian Johnson.

The winning team: Three seniors from Ocean Springs High School. The ROTC members finished the course in 48 minutes.

Travis Hodge is one of the team members.

"We could have got a little bit better time, but first place is always good," says Hodge.

The event was sponsored by the Seabee Base and The Gulf Coast Running Club.

By Elise Roberts

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