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Marine and civilian runners climb the mud wall and splash through the mud pit obstacles during the 20th Anniversary World Famous Mud Run held in the 26 and 27-areas here June 1. The World Famous Mud Run is a ten-kilometer race with seven obstacles that can be run individually or in teams.

Photo by Lance Cpl. Orrin G. Farmer

Building bridges: 7th Engineer Support Battalion volunteers help out Mud Runners

19 Jun 2013 | Lance Cpl. Cody Haas

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. – More than 300 Marines from 7th Engineer Support Battalion, 1st Marine Logistics Group, volunteered to help runners during this year’s World Famous Mud Run aboard Camp Pendleton, Calif., June 1-15.

Over the course of three weeks, Marines with 7th ESB took on different tasks such as assisting runners through obstacles, maintaining hydration and handing out merchandise, said Gunnery Sgt. Jeremy W. King, bridge company first sergeant, 7th ESB.

“There were a lot of jobs to do,” said Cpl. Eran O. Edwards, a heavy equipment operator with 7th ESB. “We maintained the hydration station, motivated the participants and also handled the VIPs.”

Volunteering for the event offered multiple benefits for the Marines such as raising funds for the Marine Corps Ball and strengthening ties with civilians.

“It gave Marines a chance to get involved with the community,” said King, a native of Corinth, Miss. “The best part was that you got dirty doing it.”

For King and Edwards, the greatest benefit of volunteering was the sense of pride it gives.

“In the mud pit I worked in, everybody who participated let us know how much they appreciated our service,” said King.

“It makes me feel proud,” said Edward. “I’m looking forward to volunteering next year.”



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