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Old Ironsides Challenge gets Wet, Wild

Old Ironsides Challenge gets Wet, Wild
Photos: Sgt. Todd Robinson, 24th Press Camp Headquarters
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POSTED: Thursday, May 2, 2013 - 9:18pm

UPDATED: Thursday, May 2, 2013 - 9:20pm

Soldiers and civilians from the local area participated in Fort Bliss’s first mud run at the air assault course, April 20.

The mud run has become the latest craze – an obstacle course that includes a lot of dark, liquid sludge. The event consisted of both obstacles already used at the air assault course and many new and more challenging ones designed specifically for the race.

“It was really fun; I was not expecting the trenches, barbed wire or the ice cold water,” said Pvt. Renna Harris, a health care specialist with the 1st Armored Division. “It was great, I have been looking forward to this for the last month.” 

The challenges faced by those running the four-mile course included more than 20 obstacles along the way. Runners were faced with water barriers, culverts, climbing walls, muddy riverbeds, log carries, rope climbing, crawling under barbed wire, and the highlight of the event, a 30-foot trench filled with ice water.

The point of the mud run is not to come in first but to simply complete the race, while having a lot of fun.

“The event was well put together and organized,” said Jason Asryes, an El Pasoan. “I really enjoyed the tunnel under the water, but the ice water was pretty awful.” 

Asryes and Sera were one of the many teams of Soldiers, family members and civilians from the local area who took on the challenge of a ‘tough mudder.’

“This was an awesome event,” said Danny Sera, an El Paso resident. “It was something for me and my friend to do, to help each other out. My friend motivated me. If it were somebody else I would have quit a long time ago, but he motivated me.” 

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