• PRESIDIO OF MONTEREY, Calif. - The Presidio's Marine Corps Detachment Female Run Team start their journey along the 5-mile course at the former Fort Ord during the 2012 Big Sur Mud Run.

    Big Sur Mud Run 2012

    PRESIDIO OF MONTEREY, Calif. - The Presidio's Marine Corps Detachment Female Run Team start their journey along the 5-mile course at the former Fort Ord during the 2012 Big Sur Mud Run.

  • PRESIDIO OF MONTEREY, Calif. - The Monterey Marine Corps Detachment Color Guard parades the colors during the singing of the national anthem prior to the start of the race.

    Big Sur Mud Run 2012

    PRESIDIO OF MONTEREY, Calif. - The Monterey Marine Corps Detachment Color Guard parades the colors during the singing of the national anthem prior to the start of the race.

  • PRESIDIO OF MONTEREY, Calif. - A military volunteer from the Marine Corps Detachment Monterey watches as a runner demonstrates the "incorrect way" to clear the Big Sur Mud Run's 5-foot walls.

    Big Sur Mud Run 2012

    PRESIDIO OF MONTEREY, Calif. - A military volunteer from the Marine Corps Detachment Monterey watches as a runner demonstrates the "incorrect way" to clear the Big Sur Mud Run's 5-foot walls.

  • PRESIDIO OF MONTEREY, Calif. - An unidentified Marine runner exits a mud pit during the 2012 Big Sur Mud Run.

    Big Sur Mud Run 2012

    PRESIDIO OF MONTEREY, Calif. - An unidentified Marine runner exits a mud pit during the 2012 Big Sur Mud Run.

  • PRESIDIO OF MONTEREY, Calif. - A muddy Marine volunteer from the Marine Corps Detachment Monterey keeps close watch as a runner safely exits her mud pit.

    Big Sur Mud Run 2012

    PRESIDIO OF MONTEREY, Calif. - A muddy Marine volunteer from the Marine Corps Detachment Monterey keeps close watch as a runner safely exits her mud pit.

  • PRESIDIO OF MONTEREY, Calif. - Race director and retired Marine, Wally Kastner speaks with 229th Military Intelligence Battalion Commander Lt. Col. Kent Webber near the final mud pit during the 2012 Big Sur Mud Run.

    Big Sur Mud Run 2012

    PRESIDIO OF MONTEREY, Calif. - Race director and retired Marine, Wally Kastner speaks with 229th Military Intelligence Battalion Commander Lt. Col. Kent Webber near the final mud pit during the 2012 Big Sur Mud Run.

  • PRESIDIO OF MONTEREY, Calif. - The Female Presidio Army team poses for a photo prior to the race during the 2012 Big Sur Mud Run. Thirty-three military teams as well as a number of military individual runners were among the more than 3,000 participants at this year's race that was co-sponsored by the Presidio's Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation.

    Big Sur Mud Run 2012

    PRESIDIO OF MONTEREY, Calif. - The Female Presidio Army team poses for a photo prior to the race during the 2012 Big Sur Mud Run. Thirty-three military teams as well as a number of military individual runners were among the more than 3,000 participants...

  • PRESIDIO OF MONTEREY, Calif. - Wearing sunglasses and a tie, a runner from Team Sabotage crosses the starting line for the 2012 Big Sur Mud Run. Team Sabotage was one of 33 teams registered in the military team division of the race.

    Big Sur Mud Run 2012

    PRESIDIO OF MONTEREY, Calif. - Wearing sunglasses and a tie, a runner from Team Sabotage crosses the starting line for the 2012 Big Sur Mud Run. Team Sabotage was one of 33 teams registered in the military team division of the race.

  • PRESIDIO OF MONTEREY, Calif. - A business-attired runner from Team Sabotage exits a mud pit manned by Marine Corps volunteers. Team Sabotage was one of 33 5-person teams comprised of military service members that competed in the race. In total, more than 3,000 racers participated this year in the individual and team divisions.

    Big Sur Mud Run 2012

    PRESIDIO OF MONTEREY, Calif. - A business-attired runner from Team Sabotage exits a mud pit manned by Marine Corps volunteers. Team Sabotage was one of 33 5-person teams comprised of military service members that competed in the race. In total, more...

  • PRESIDIO OF MONTEREY, Calif. - An unidentified runner leaps over a 5-foot wall appropriately decorated by Marine Corps volunteers with the words "Mud Run" at the 2012 Big Sur Mud Run. More than 120 volunteers from the Presidio of Monterey were at the race to keep runners on course and provide motivation.

    Big Sur Mud Run 2012

    PRESIDIO OF MONTEREY, Calif. - An unidentified runner leaps over a 5-foot wall appropriately decorated by Marine Corps volunteers with the words "Mud Run" at the 2012 Big Sur Mud Run. More than 120 volunteers from the Presidio of Monterey were at the...

  • PRESIDIO OF MONTEREY, Calif. - Army  volunteers watch as runners navigate the last series of obstacles before entering CSU Monterey Bay's Freeman Stadium and reaching the finish line at the 2012 Big Sur Mud Run.

    Big Sur Mud Run 2012

    PRESIDIO OF MONTEREY, Calif. - Army volunteers watch as runners navigate the last series of obstacles before entering CSU Monterey Bay's Freeman Stadium and reaching the finish line at the 2012 Big Sur Mud Run.

  • PRESIDIO OF MONTEREY, Calif. - A pair of runners in matching costume make a splash in one of four mud pits that were scattered along the 5-mile course located at the former Fort Ord.

    Big Sur Mud Run 2012

    PRESIDIO OF MONTEREY, Calif. - A pair of runners in matching costume make a splash in one of four mud pits that were scattered along the 5-mile course located at the former Fort Ord.

  • PRESIDIO OF MONTEREY, Calif. - Participants of the 2012 Big Sur Mud Run are forced to low crawl beneath the cargo netting that covered the 5-mile course's final mud pit.

    Big Sur Mud Run 2012

    PRESIDIO OF MONTEREY, Calif. - Participants of the 2012 Big Sur Mud Run are forced to low crawl beneath the cargo netting that covered the 5-mile course's final mud pit.

  • PRESIDIO OF MONTEREY, Calif. - Runners from the team TuTu Muddy adjust their tiaras after exiting the final mud pit at the 2012 Big Sur Mud Run.

    Big Sur Mud Run 2012

    PRESIDIO OF MONTEREY, Calif. - Runners from the team TuTu Muddy adjust their tiaras after exiting the final mud pit at the 2012 Big Sur Mud Run.

  • PRESIDIO OF MONTEREY, Calif. - An unidentified runner sprints toward the finish after exiting the final mud pit of the 5-mile course during the 2012 Big Sur Mud Run.

    Big Sur Mud Run 2012

    PRESIDIO OF MONTEREY, Calif. - An unidentified runner sprints toward the finish after exiting the final mud pit of the 5-mile course during the 2012 Big Sur Mud Run.

SEASIDE, Calif. - More than 3,000 adventurous runners congregated for one of the Monterey Peninsulas best loved, and most muddy of local sporting events as the 2012 Big Sur Mud Run was held March 24 at the campus of CSU Monterey Bay which is situated on lands once occupied by the Army's former Fort Ord.

Volunteers from the Presidio's 229th Military Intelligence Battalion and Marine Corps Detachment could be heard all along the 5-mile course barking orders, keeping racers on course and motivating participants along the way. Military volunteers also helped set-up the course as well as encouraged runners through mud pits and over 5-foot walls. The volunteers manned various exercise stations in which participants were required to perform pushups, squats and more.

For those who were not busy volunteering, some military members also chose to compete in this year's run including Presidio Garrison Commander Col. Joel Clark, who participated in the individual portion of the race. Clark addressed the crowd prior to the start of the event encouraging runners with the reminder that "pain is just weakness leaving the body."

Out of more than 300 5-person teams that ran, 33 were registered in the Military Division. The Presidio's Marine Corps Detachment Male Run Team took first place for Military Teams and turned in the best overall team time for the race, edging out the second place Male Presidio Army team by one minute. Teams are required to cross the finish line arm-in-arm.

Overall winners for the individual event were Eric Palmer of Marina for the men and Piper Delaney of Marina for the women.

Cold showers were provided after the race by a Presidio of Monterey fire truck. The event was co-sponsored by the Big Sur International Marathon, Presidio's Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation, CSU Monterey Bay, ASICS, MarathonFoto, and Granite Construction, which dug the mud pits.

This is the seventh year for the race and was coordinated by race director and retired Marine Wally Kastner in partnership with race sponsors. Proceeds were donated to various community athletic programs.

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