PRESIDIO OF MONTEREY, Calif. -- More than 3,000 people gathered together on the Monterey Peninsula March 23 to give credence to the adage that you are never too old to play in the mud.

The sold-out eighth presentation of the Big Sur Mud Run was held with 2,000 individual runners and 240 teams participating, many dressed in colorful costumes.

The popular local event covers approximately five miles on land once belonging to the now closed Fort Ord, with the race beginning and ending near the Freeman Stadium on the California State University Monterey Bay campus. The course included hills, obstacles, exercise stations, five- foot walls and four mud pits.

William Killian of Prunedale placed first in the Individual Military Division with a time of 36:54 and the "Lagoon Platoon" recorded the fastest time for the Military Team Division.

"This was a great chance to come out and works as team with my fellow Marines," said Pfc. Chloe Porter, who participated as a member of the team called The Mauve Avengers. "This race isn't just a normal run. With the mud pits and stuff it has more challenges. It's a lot of fun."

In addition to the service members competing in the run, Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center had 127 volunteers at the event including "drill sergeants" strategically placed at mud pits to lead exercises and provide motivation.

Proceeds from the annual Mud Run benefit youth and athletic programs of the Presidio's Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Directorate, the Athletic Department of CSUMB, and the Big Sur International Marathon's youth fitness program, JUST RUN.