The saying “stuck in the muck” took on new meaning Thursday for hundreds of participants taking on the challenging 5.5-mile Mountain Mudder course across post. The annual event featured plenty of water and mud obstacles for teams and individuals to wade, run and maneuver through before finishing with a hearty luncheon and music by the 10th Mountain Division Band.
Some participants found being knee-deep in the muck was much easier to overcome than the obstacles they had to negotiate to cross Remington Pond.
“The water was so cold, it just took the air out of you,” said Spc. Garrett Quick, 514th Maintenance Company, 548th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 10th Mountain Division Sustainment Brigade.
“Those lily pads – that was the biggest challenge of the day right there, because it was so cold,” said fellow teammate Sgt. James Long.
Pfc. Brandon Barfield left the course feeling a little sore after misjudging his course of action on the log jumps. Still, he managed to finish his first Mountain Mudder with all of his teammates.
“It was fun … I really enjoyed it,” said Barfield, with D Company, 7th Brigade Engineer Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team. “The water, it was really chilly, and I just did not feel like doing that one, but I managed. This was a fun experience. If you go with the right people, you can make some serious friends out here.”
Many participants ran the course in teams, relying on one another for motivation and sometimes a helping hand whenever an obstacle seemed insurmountable.
“I feel like it was an amazing experience because we went out there and did our best,” said Pfc. Johnathon Barrington, 7th Brigade Engineer Battalion, 1st BCT. “All the way, we worked together as a team. We froze in the water, but I feel amazing now. I’m about to get a cheeseburger and hot dog.”
More than 800 community members participated in the Mountain Mudder, organized by the Fort Drum Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers program.
Members will leave the mud behind but deliver an arsenal of color on July 28 when they host the Color Me BOSS fun run.
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