Military running amok for fun

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While citizens worry about such horrifying anecdotes about the dangerous militarization of police teams within the United States, disfigured veterans returning without adequate medical care and the high price of international aggression, America’s armed forces are not beyond having a little fun.

New Jersey’s joint Navy, Air Force and Army military base is set to host the 2014 “Beast of the East” Mud Run on Sept. 13, 2014

Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst is opening its gates for both civilian and military runners from across the nation to pit their endurance skills against a dirty military-style 10k run through rough terrain and 20 other challenging obstacle events.

The mud run is open to surrounding community members and gives them the opportunity to experience a day of challenges, competitions, creative costumes and plenty of mud with joint base service members.

Participants will begin and end on Doughboy Field and slip and slide through more than 20 obstacles of asphalt, dirt, water holes and mud pits.

All Mud Run participants or teams are required to register by filling out the online form. Each participant can choose whether they want to participate in the 5K or 10K course. Once registered, participants will be divided into civilian or military categories to compete for prizes within several male/female age groups.

All participants and spectators are required to carry photo identification at all times and should be prepared for random vehicle and personal searches.

No coolers, bottles or weapons will be permitted. Mud Run participants and spectators should be prepared for additional delays when entering the base, due to elevated security measures.

Visit http://gomdl.com/mud-run/ for more information or to register for the event.

The military facility, located 18 miles southeast of Trenton, is an amalgamation of the United States Air Force’s McGuire Air Force Base, the United States Army’s Fort Dix and the United States Navy’s Naval Air Engineering Station Lakehurst, which were merged on 1 October 2009.


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