• Mud run participants had to high-step through a tangled web of rope during the Star Spangled Tangle, the Freedom Crawl, up hill to the finish line's Splash and Dash during the first-ever, I-Run-Amuck Obstacle-Mud Run, a 3.5 mile challenge hosted by Fort Wainwright's physical fitness center staff, part of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation. More photos are online at www.flickr.com/fortwainwright and ww.facebook.com/fortwainwrightpao. (Photo courtesy Fort Wainwright FMWR)

    Step lightly

    Mud run participants had to high-step through a tangled web of rope during the Star Spangled Tangle, the Freedom Crawl, up hill to the finish line's Splash and Dash during the first-ever, I-Run-Amuck Obstacle-Mud Run, a 3.5 mile challenge hosted by...

  • Already planning the next event, mudders can expect to low crawl, climb and endure the Star Spangled Tangle during the second annual I-Run-Amuck, said Heidi Watkins, fitness coordinator, Family and Morale Welfare and Recreation. (Photo courtesy Fort Wainwright FMWR)

    Let's go

    Already planning the next event, mudders can expect to low crawl, climb and endure the Star Spangled Tangle during the second annual I-Run-Amuck, said Heidi Watkins, fitness coordinator, Family and Morale Welfare and Recreation. (Photo courtesy Fort...

  • Fort Wainwright firefighter, Captain Travis Stuart keeps a tight rein on the fire hose during the last portion of the I-Run-Amuck Obstacle-Mud Run for Sheridan Heinrich and husband, John Heinrich, Fort Wainwright firefighter, July 14 at the Birch Hill Ski and Snowboard Area.  More photos are online at www.flickr.com/fortwainwright and www.facebook.com/fortwainwrightpao. (Photo by Connie Storch/Fort Wainwright PAO)

    Team Alaska

    Fort Wainwright firefighter, Captain Travis Stuart keeps a tight rein on the fire hose during the last portion of the I-Run-Amuck Obstacle-Mud Run for Sheridan Heinrich and husband, John Heinrich, Fort Wainwright firefighter, July 14 at the Birch Hill...

FORT WAINWRIGHT, Alaska (July 20, 2012) -- Fort Wainwright soldiers, family members and civilians took part in the I-Run-Amuck Obstacle-Mud Run, a 3.5 mile challenge on Birch Hill Ski and Snowboard area, July 14.

More than 150 participants turned out for the event, Steve Tate, Physical Fitness Center manager said. Tate credited Heidi Watkins, fitness coordinator, for the creation of the course.

Watkins said the obstacles were both natural and manmade, with design and execution of the course credited to her team, including Frank Unger and Steffan Truax.

Much of the terrain was on trails and roads, using some natural obstacles that included a steep hill climb, a run through muskeg and a tight trail through a wooded area, Watkins said.

The obstacles that were placed on the course were designed to challenge each participant in the "areas of balance, coordination, flexibility, strength and endurance," Watkins said. "One of my favorite obstacles, the Soldier Swamp Romp, was nature-made and I think caught people off guard."

The course took people off-road on a 4-wheeler trail, wound through some trees and ended by way of a muskeg swamp.

This summer, recreational trail use at the ski area has been limited due to construction on the hill and trails remain closed to individual use until construction is completed. "We were lucky to be able to utilize the natural surroundings on the trails adjacent to Birch Hill." Watkins said.

Where nature did not lend us great obstacles, we were able to create some "fun and slightly wicked additions." Watkins said.

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