Swamp Romp: Army teams get down and dirty

| March 4, 2011 | 0 Comments
A racer belly flops into a mud puddle Feb. 26, at the 17th annual Swamp Romp at MCBH, K-Bay. (Lance Cpl. Tyler Main | U.S. Marine Corps)

A racer belly flops into a mud puddle Feb. 26, at the 17th annual Swamp Romp at MCBH, K-Bay. (Lance Cpl. Tyler Main | U.S. Marine Corps)

Story and Photo by
Capt. Christopher Ren
84th Engineer Battalion Public Affairs, 130th Eng. Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command

 

MARINE CORPS BASE HAWAII, KANEOHE BAY — Contestants decked out in everything from business attire to creative costumes swam, fell and jumped their way through 5.1 miles of the dirtiest race on Oahu, here, Feb. 26.

Participants, numbering 2,610, were divided into six-person teams from the military and civilian communities, and gathered to get dirty together at the 17th annual Swamp Romp race.

The teams competed for both bragging rights and just plain old muddy fun, running through swamps, mud pits and dirt trails.

Participants race through 5.1 miles of mud, back trails and swamps.

Participants race through 5.1 miles of mud, back trails and swamps.

They all had gathered during dark morning hours, dressed in a variety of clothes. Some came in running apparel; some came in funny costumes.

But, by the end of the race that took many teams well more than an hour to complete, they all looked about the same — muddy, sweaty, wet and tired.

“I’m not sure if there was a single aspect I enjoyed,” said Sgt. Jeffery Menda, chaplain’s assistant, Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, U.S. Army-Pacific. “It was my first mud run and team-based race; (although) I enjoyed the creative costumes, obstacles and the mud.”

“I was asked to run the swamp romp last year,” said 1st Lt. Brigida Sanchez, 65th Eng. Bn., 130th Eng. Brigade. “I wanted to compete, but I had an injury. This year, I was injury-free and excited to run a race with my coworkers. We were all ready excited.”

 

Though there was no prize at the end, some participants believed that the prize was just having fun while playing in the mud. At the finish line, people cheered on the participants, as two fire trucks showered off the muddy masses.
Awards were handed out to the three fastest teams overall, the top three teams in each of the six age categories and the fastest team from Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Kaneohe Bay.

The “Trailblazers,” comprised of three males and three females from 130th Engineer Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, came in fourth overall, with a time of 56:19.

The Air Force had the highest number of military entrants.

See Swamp Romp results at www.pseresults.com.

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