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Play in the mud for soldiers The second annual Auburn Marine Amphibious Warrior Mud and Recon Challenge is set to be held Saturday, April 2, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. All runs will take place at the Facilities Complex also known as the intramural fields. There will be three types of runs: the Mini Mud Run, for children ages 7-12, the Mud Run and the Recon Run. The most popular run among college students is the Mud Run. This course consists of four miles of off-road trails, creeks, hills, obstacles and mud pits; it is set to begin at 11 a.m. and last till 2 p.m. Erin Beasley, a freshman at Auburn University, plans on attending AWMR and running in the Mud Run. “My sister and her friends did it last year,” says Beasley. “She said it was a lot of fun and a good experience. So, I wanted the opportunity to participate in it this year.” The ROTC is trying to get the community involved, and this run allows members of the Auburn/Opelika area as well as students to experience some of the ROTC training. “You don’t have to be a runner,” says Beasley. “You can walk the four mile course if you like; it’s just a lot of fun and a great way to meet people. Not to mention, you get to play in the mud.” Some students and member of the community may train for months, while others are just in it for a good time. “I’ve been working out a little, but I’m just trying to stay in shape,” says Beasley. “It’s just a fun run that people can do at their on pace.” However, for the more daring there is the third type of run that the marines are offering the Recon Run. With obstacles that include ammo-cans, water and a few other surprises, this race is not for the faint hearted. The lasting time of this race is from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Part of the proceeds will go towards the Wounded Warrior Project to honor and empower wounded soldiers. “Auburn’s ROTC is trying to raise money for the Wounded Warrior Project; so that should really motivate people to want and come out and support the Marines,” says Beasley. Registration for the AWMR will begin Feb. 18 at 8 a.m. and last till 12 p.m. on March 31. However, registration will take place from 7-9 a.m. on the day of the race.

For more information visit or their Facebook page Amphibious Warrior Mud Run and Recon Challenge. To volunteer for this event contact Jarrod Dlugos at

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