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Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton

Pendleton marks 20 years of muddy running

By Cpl. Sarah Wolff-Diaz | Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton | June 03, 2013

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Competitors charge through the starting line of the 20th annual World Famous Mud Run here June 1. Several obstacles were incorporated into the 10K, which started at Lake O’Neil, and took the runners through training areas 26 and 27 of the base.

Competitors charge through the starting line of the 20th annual World Famous Mud Run here June 1. Several obstacles were incorporated into the 10K, which started at Lake O’Neil, and took the runners through training areas 26 and 27 of the base. (Photo by Cpl. Sarah Wolff-Diaz)


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Brig. Gen. Vincent A. Coglianese, top, Sgt. Maj. Derek Christovale Sr., bottom left, enter the staging area in a Chenowth Advanced Light Strike Vehicle before giving opening remarks at the 20th annual World Famous Mud Run here June 1. Several obstacles were incorporated into the 10K, which started at Lake O’Neil, and took the runners through training areas 26 and 27 of the base.

Brig. Gen. Vincent A. Coglianese, top, Sgt. Maj. Derek Christovale Sr., bottom left, enter the staging area in a Chenowth Advanced Light Strike Vehicle before giving opening remarks at the 20th annual World Famous Mud Run here June 1. Several obstacles were incorporated into the 10K, which started at Lake O’Neil, and took the runners through training areas 26 and 27 of the base. (Photo by Cpl. Sarah Wolff-Diaz)


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Competitors stretch before the 20th Annual World Famous Mud Run here June 1.  Several obstacles were incorporated into the 10K race, which started at Lake O’Neil, and took the runners through training areas 26 and 27 of the base.

Competitors stretch before the 20th Annual World Famous Mud Run here June 1. Several obstacles were incorporated into the 10K race, which started at Lake O’Neil, and took the runners through training areas 26 and 27 of the base. (Photo by Cpl. Sarah Wolff-Diaz)


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Brig. Gen. Vincent A. Coglianese, left, Sgt. Maj. Derek Christovale Sr., center, and Chief Warrant Officer 4 Anthony Cisneros, right, give opening remarks before the 20th annual World Famous Mud Run here June 1. Several obstacles were incorporated into the 10K, which started at Lake O’Neil, and took the runners through training areas 26 and 27of the base.

Brig. Gen. Vincent A. Coglianese, left, Sgt. Maj. Derek Christovale Sr., center, and Chief Warrant Officer 4 Anthony Cisneros, right, give opening remarks before the 20th annual World Famous Mud Run here June 1. Several obstacles were incorporated into the 10K, which started at Lake O’Neil, and took the runners through training areas 26 and 27of the base. (Photo by Cpl. Sarah Wolff-Diaz)


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Competitors trudge up “Slippery Hill” during the 20th annual World Famous Mud Run here June 1.  Several obstacles were incorporated into the 10K, which started at Lake O’Neil, and took the runners through training areas 26 and 27.

Competitors trudge up “Slippery Hill” during the 20th annual World Famous Mud Run here June 1. Several obstacles were incorporated into the 10K, which started at Lake O’Neil, and took the runners through training areas 26 and 27. (Photo by Cpl. Sarah Wolff-Diaz)


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Thousands of mud-encrusted tennis shoes are piled into recycling receptacles after the 20th annual World Famous Mud Run here June 1. After crossing the finish line, competitors were given the opportunity to turn in their mud-soaked shoes for recycling..

Thousands of mud-encrusted tennis shoes are piled into recycling receptacles after the 20th annual World Famous Mud Run here June 1. After crossing the finish line, competitors were given the opportunity to turn in their mud-soaked shoes for recycling.. (Photo by Cpl. Sarah Wolff-Diaz)


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A group of mud covered runners pose after completing the ten-kilometer, obstacle filled, 20th Anniversary World Famous Mud Run held at 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.

A group of mud covered runners pose after completing the ten-kilometer, obstacle filled, 20th Anniversary World Famous Mud Run held at 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)


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Brig. Gen. Vincent A.  Coglianese met and took pictures with runners as the first day of the 20th Anniversary World Famous Mud Run came to a close at Lake O’Neill here June 1. Coglianese is the base commanding general and regional authority for five military installations in the southwestern United States. The World Famous Mud Run is a ten-kilometer race with seven obstacles that can be run individually or in teams.

Brig. Gen. Vincent A. Coglianese met and took pictures with runners as the first day of the 20th Anniversary World Famous Mud Run came to a close at Lake O’Neill here June 1. Coglianese is the base commanding general and regional authority for five military installations in the southwestern United States. 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)


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A runner jogs through a mud pit at the end of an obstacle during the 20th Anniversary World Famous Mud Run held at 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.

A runner jogs through a mud pit at the end of an obstacle during the 20th Anniversary World Famous Mud Run held at 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)


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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.

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)


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Flock of 80’s plays music while runners race during the 20th Anniversary World Famous Mud Run held at the 26 and 27-areas here June 1. Flock of 80’s is a cover band from San Clemente, Calif. and plays 80’s and beyond. The World Famous Mud Run is a ten-kilometer race with seven obstacles that can be run individually or in teams.

Flock of 80’s plays music while runners race during the 20th Anniversary World Famous Mud Run held at the 26 and 27-areas here June 1. Flock of 80’s is a cover band from San Clemente, Calif. and plays 80’s and beyond. 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)


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Brig. Gen. Vincent A.  Coglianese gives a few words of motivation to the first group of runners at the beginning of the 20th annual World Famous Mud Run held in the 26 and 27-areas here June 1. Coglianese is the base commanding general and regional authority for five Marine Corps installations in the southwestern United States. The World Famous Mud Run is a ten-kilometer race with seven obstacles that can be run individually or in teams.

Brig. Gen. Vincent A. Coglianese gives a few words of motivation to the first group of runners at the beginning of the 20th annual World Famous Mud Run held in the 26 and 27-areas here June 1. Coglianese is the base commanding general and regional authority for five Marine Corps installations in the southwestern United States. 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)


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CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. --

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif.- More than 6,000 service members and civilians splashed, trudged, and waded through 6.2-miles of mud and muck here as the base marked the 20th anniversary of its World Famous Mud Run June 1. 

The day began with a simple instruction given by the base commanding general and regional authority for five Marine Corps installations in the southwestern United States.

“I’m going to give you all an order. You have to have fun today,” said Brig. Gen. Vincent A. Coglianese as the sea of people erupted with cheers, laughter and applause.

Costumes and home-made team T-shirts peppered the crowd as the competitors moved from the grassy staging area to the starting line.

“This year we have a few additional obstacles on the course,” said Chief Warrant Officer 4 Anthony Cisneros, the director of Business Operations for Marine Corps Community Services.

“We added cargo netting and a couple of obstructions to challenge our runners,” said Cisneros. “They want the experience and we want to challenge them.”

New obstacles weren’t the only addition to this year’s competition.

“You’ll see we’ve modified many of the same things we’ve done previously,” Cisneros continued. “We also added a Mud Run apparel store that sells Mud Run specific items and consumables.”

“Semper Fit has done a great job of building on a foundation of athletics to make (the run) enticing and exciting for competitors of all genres,” said Cisneros, who has worked the event the past two years.

Competitor, Erik Bye, said it was his fifth year participating.

“I thought I knew what to expect, but it was nice to see the extra obstacles,” said Bye after the run, while wearing a horned helmet and a long red beard. “We do costumes every year and this year we did Scottish Vikings with kilts.”

Registration is now closed for all 2013 runs. Sign up for next year’s race Jan. 1, 2014.

“We have web sites for more information where you can also track pictures of yourself by your bib number,” said Cisneros.

For more information on the mud run, visit worldfamousmudrun.com. For race results, visit worldfamousmudrun.com/raceresults.

Contact Cpl. Sarah Wolff-Diaz at sarah.wolff@usmc.mil

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