Missouri Guardsmen and staff get muddy in Epic Mud Run

Sgt. Jonathan Fowler particpates in the Air Force Epic Mud Run recently at Midway Travel Plaza in Columbia, Mo. The course was roughly three miles long, featuring more than 18 obstacles including nine mud/water challenges, FearFest zombie stables, a color paint zone and several other dry-land obstacles and climbs. (Photo courtesy of Ultramax Sports).

Sgt. Jonathan Fowler particpates in the Air Force Epic Mud Run recently at Midway Travel Plaza in Columbia, Mo. The course was roughly three miles long, featuring more than 18 obstacles including nine mud/water challenges, FearFest zombie stables, a color paint zone and several other dry-land obstacles and climbs. (Photo courtesy of Ultramax Sports).

By Sarah E. Lupescu
ngmo.pao@us.army.mil

COLUMBIA, Mo. - Several Missouri National Guardsmen and staff participated in the Air Force Epic Mud Run recently at Midway Travel Plaza.

The course was roughly three miles long, featuring more than 18 obstacles including nine mud/water challenges, FearFest zombie stables, a color paint zone and several other dry-land obstacles and climbs.

"It was a lot of fun," said Sgt. Jonathan Fowler, a member of the mud run team, The Mud Ducks, and mobilization noncommissioned officer at the Ike Skelton Training Site in Jefferson City. "There were several thousand people there; it was a pretty big event. I definitely want to do it again next year."

A second team member, Tammy Marion, couldn't agree more.

"I absolutely loved it, said Marion, a medical records technician at ISTS. "We had so much fun."

The mud run course was a lot of fun for The Mud Ducks, but parts of the course proved to be a challenge.

"The most challenging part was the 250 yards of mud that we had to get through," Marion said. "There were walls we had to climb up and over. Those were challenging too because they were towards the end of the race."

Despite the challenges, the race was still a success.

"I'm proud to say we did every single obstacle," Marion said. "We helped each other out with some of the hard parts."

Marion has been a part of the Missouri National Guard Family for a short time. She began working in medical records in April.

"I love working for the Guard," Marion said. "I love getting up and coming to work every day. In a small way I feel like I'm giving back by helping Soldiers get their records straight and ready for them."

Other Mud Duck team members included Spc. Shean Harris, a mobilization specialist; Syl Wiles, a clinical care coordinator; and Amber Glavin, Marion's daughter.

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