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2012 World Famous Mud Run returns to Pendleton

By Lance Cpl. Trevon S. Peracca | Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton | June 04, 2012

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Camp Pendleton Marines low crawl through a mud pit as they participate in the challenge of the 2012 Hard Corps Race Series World Famous Mud Run near lake O’Neil, June 1. The Mud Run is a challenging 10K run with hills, tire obstacles, river crossings, two 5-foot walls with mud on both sides, tunnel crawl, slippery hill climb, and the final 30-foot mud pit.::r::::n::::r::::n::

Camp Pendleton Marines low crawl through a mud pit as they participate in the challenge of the 2012 Hard Corps Race Series World Famous Mud Run near lake O’Neil, June 1. The Mud Run is a challenging 10K run with hills, tire obstacles, river crossings, two 5-foot walls with mud on both sides, tunnel crawl, slippery hill climb, and the final 30-foot mud pit.::r::::n::::r::::n:: (Photo by Lance Cpl. Trevon Peracca)


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Marines utilize teamwork as they participate in the 2012 Hard Corps Race Series World Famous Mud Run near lake O’Neil, June 1. The Mud Run is a challenging 10K run with hills, tire obstacles, river crossings, two 5-foot walls with mud on both sides, tunnel crawl, slippery hill climb, and the final 30-foot mud pit.

Marines utilize teamwork as they participate in the 2012 Hard Corps Race Series World Famous Mud Run near lake O’Neil, June 1. The Mud Run is a challenging 10K run with hills, tire obstacles, river crossings, two 5-foot walls with mud on both sides, tunnel crawl, slippery hill climb, and the final 30-foot mud pit. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Trevon Peracca)


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Brig. Gen. Vincent A. Coglianese makes his way through a mud pit after climbing a wall obstacle as he participates in the challenge of the 2012 Hard Corps Race Series World Famous Mud Run near lake O’Neil, June 1. The Mud Run is a challenging 10K run with hills, tire obstacles, river crossings, two 5-foot walls with mud on both sides, tunnel crawl, slippery hill climb, and the final 30-foot mud pit.

Brig. Gen. Vincent A. Coglianese makes his way through a mud pit after climbing a wall obstacle as he participates in the challenge of the 2012 Hard Corps Race Series World Famous Mud Run near lake O’Neil, June 1. The Mud Run is a challenging 10K run with hills, tire obstacles, river crossings, two 5-foot walls with mud on both sides, tunnel crawl, slippery hill climb, and the final 30-foot mud pit. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Trevon Peracca)


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Mud runners embrace each other as they complete the last obstacle before the finish of the race during the challenge of the 2012 Hard Corps Race Series World Famous Mud Run near lake O’Neil, June 2. The Mud Run is a challenging 10K run with hills, tire obstacles, river crossings, two 5-foot walls with mud on both sides, tunnel crawl, slippery hill climb, and the final 30-foot mud pit.

Mud runners embrace each other as they complete the last obstacle before the finish of the race during the challenge of the 2012 Hard Corps Race Series World Famous Mud Run near lake O’Neil, June 2. The Mud Run is a challenging 10K run with hills, tire obstacles, river crossings, two 5-foot walls with mud on both sides, tunnel crawl, slippery hill climb, and the final 30-foot mud pit. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Trevon Peracca)


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Mud runners gather in the team meet area to regroup with members of their team before the final sprint to the finish during the challenge of the 2012 Hard Corps Race Series World Famous Mud Run near lake O’Neil, June 2. The Mud Run is a challenging 10K run with hills, tire obstacles, river crossings, two 5-foot walls with mud on both sides, tunnel crawl, slippery hill climb, and the final 30-foot mud pit.

Mud runners gather in the team meet area to regroup with members of their team before the final sprint to the finish during the challenge of the 2012 Hard Corps Race Series World Famous Mud Run near lake O’Neil, June 2. The Mud Run is a challenging 10K run with hills, tire obstacles, river crossings, two 5-foot walls with mud on both sides, tunnel crawl, slippery hill climb, and the final 30-foot mud pit. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Trevon Peracca)


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Mud runners gather at the start line minutes before the start of the race during the challenge of the 2012 Hard Corps Race Series World Famous Mud Run near lake O’Neil, June 2. The Mud Run is a challenging 10K run with hills, tire obstacles, river crossings, two 5-foot walls with mud on both sides, tunnel crawl, slippery hill climb, and the final 30-foot mud pit.

Mud runners gather at the start line minutes before the start of the race during the challenge of the 2012 Hard Corps Race Series World Famous Mud Run near lake O’Neil, June 2. The Mud Run is a challenging 10K run with hills, tire obstacles, river crossings, two 5-foot walls with mud on both sides, tunnel crawl, slippery hill climb, and the final 30-foot mud pit. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Trevon Peracca)


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Mud runners gather in the staging area to participate in the challenge of the 2012 Hard Corps Race Series World Famous Mud Run near lake O’Neil, June 2. The Mud Run is a challenging 10K run with hills, tire obstacles, river crossings, two 5-foot walls with mud on both sides, tunnel crawl, slippery hill climb, and the final 30-foot mud pit.

Mud runners gather in the staging area to participate in the challenge of the 2012 Hard Corps Race Series World Famous Mud Run near lake O’Neil, June 2. The Mud Run is a challenging 10K run with hills, tire obstacles, river crossings, two 5-foot walls with mud on both sides, tunnel crawl, slippery hill climb, and the final 30-foot mud pit. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Trevon Peracca)


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Mud runners strom through the creek crossing during the challenge of the 2012 Hard Corps Race Series World Famous Mud Run near lake O’Neil, June 2. The Mud Run is a challenging 10K run with hills, tire obstacles, river crossings, two 5-foot walls with mud on both sides, tunnel crawl, slippery hill climb, and the final 30-foot mud pit.

Mud runners strom through the creek crossing during the challenge of the 2012 Hard Corps Race Series World Famous Mud Run near lake O’Neil, June 2. The Mud Run is a challenging 10K run with hills, tire obstacles, river crossings, two 5-foot walls with mud on both sides, tunnel crawl, slippery hill climb, and the final 30-foot mud pit. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Trevon Peracca)


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Brig. Gen. Vincent A. Coglianese gathers minutes before the start of the race to take team photo with his staff during the challenge of the 2012 Hard Corps Race Series World Famous Mud Run near lake O’Neil, June 2. The Mud Run is a challenging 10K run with hills, tire obstacles, river crossings, two 5-foot walls with mud on both sides, tunnel crawl, slippery hill climb, and the final 30-foot mud pit.

Brig. Gen. Vincent A. Coglianese gathers minutes before the start of the race to take team photo with his staff during the challenge of the 2012 Hard Corps Race Series World Famous Mud Run near lake O’Neil, June 2. The Mud Run is a challenging 10K run with hills, tire obstacles, river crossings, two 5-foot walls with mud on both sides, tunnel crawl, slippery hill climb, and the final 30-foot mud pit. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Trevon Peracca)


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A group of Camp Pendleton Marines sprint to the finish of the 2012 Hard Corps Race Series World Famous Mud Run near lake O’Neil, June 1. The Mud Run is a challenging 10K run with hills, tire obstacles, river crossings, two 5-foot walls with mud on both sides, tunnel crawl, slippery hill climb, and the final 30-foot mud pit.

A group of Camp Pendleton Marines sprint to the finish of the 2012 Hard Corps Race Series World Famous Mud Run near lake O’Neil, June 1. The Mud Run is a challenging 10K run with hills, tire obstacles, river crossings, two 5-foot walls with mud on both sides, tunnel crawl, slippery hill climb, and the final 30-foot mud pit. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Trevon Peracca)


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Determination is among Camp Pendleton Marines as they participate in the 2012 Hard Corps Race Series World Famous Mud Run near lake O’Neil, June 1. The Mud Run is a challenging 10K run with hills, tire obstacles, river crossings, two 5-foot walls with mud on both sides, tunnel crawl, slippery hill climb, and the final 30-foot mud pit.

Determination is among Camp Pendleton Marines as they participate in the 2012 Hard Corps Race Series World Famous Mud Run near lake O’Neil, June 1. The Mud Run is a challenging 10K run with hills, tire obstacles, river crossings, two 5-foot walls with mud on both sides, tunnel crawl, slippery hill climb, and the final 30-foot mud pit. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Trevon Peracca)


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Motivation fills the air as Camp Pendleton Marines participate in the 2012 Hard Corps Race Series World Famous Mud Run near lake O’Neil, June 1. The Mud Run is a challenging 10K run with hills, tire obstacles, river crossings, two 5-foot walls with mud on both sides, tunnel crawl, slippery hill climb, and the final 30-foot mud pit.

Motivation fills the air as Camp Pendleton Marines participate in the 2012 Hard Corps Race Series World Famous Mud Run near lake O’Neil, June 1. The Mud Run is a challenging 10K run with hills, tire obstacles, river crossings, two 5-foot walls with mud on both sides, tunnel crawl, slippery hill climb, and the final 30-foot mud pit. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Trevon Peracca)


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MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. --  For more than 15 years the World Famous Mud Run has been aboard Camp Pendleton growing from one race with 200 people to five races with more than 6,500 participants each and is now a part of the Marine Special Operations Command Hard Corps Race Series.

The race was developed in order for civilians to come on base to show their support to the Marines and sailors by paying to ‘be a Marine for a day’ and experience Camp Pendleton by participating in the World Famous Mud Run.

“All of the revenue produced from the mud run goes back into programs for Marines, sailors and families of Camp Pendleton,” said Christina J. Chilleme, the special events manager for Marine Corps Community Services, Camp Pendleton. “Not only does the revenue from the mud run generate enough funds for other athletic programs on-base, but it also allows for all other races in the MARSOC Hard Corps Race Series to be free.”

In 2011, MCCS designed the first of what is now called the “Filthy Fun Fest,” which is a party in conjunction with the World Famous Mud Run.

“Back in the day, participants would just run the race, shower and leave,” said Chilleme. “Last year we brought in bands, interactive activities, MCCS information, food and beverage options and a beer garden. We really tried to make it an environment that you want to come into and stay at. Mud runners are fun people who dress up, do costume contests, drink and listen to music.”

This year the event has been expanded to not only include the music and concessions, but a whole new “Action Zone” which includes the Water Walker Experience, a rock climbing wall, the Zipline Experience and a paintball demonstration booth. Each race has three bands that perform from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.

“Each race day will feature a different genre of music,” Chilleme said. “For example, there is Classic Rock Day, 80’s Day, Reggae Day, Alternative Music Day and a Country Day.”

The World Famous Mud Run not only creates fun environment for the participants, but also for the spectators and supporters.

"What we are trying to do is create an environment that the patrons spend money at and enjoy while enhancing the view of the Marine Corps," said Chilleme.

Static elements are also becoming a big part of what is being included in this event. MARSOC has brought out their vehicles and information booths, 1st Marine Expeditionary Force brought a Garrison Flag along with vehicles and artillery gave civilians the “Marine for a day experience.”

“The mud runs are extremely important to Camp Pendleton Marines, sailors and families because it is our ‘bread and butter,’ allowing us to do what we do for Camp Pendleton,” said Chilleme.

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