By Staff report, Fort Wainwright, AlaskaJuly 19, 2013
FORT WAINWRIGHT, Alaska - The second annual Arctic Tough Mudders event, hosted by Fort Wainwright's Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation, took place at the Birch Hill Ski and Snowboard Area July 13, where 184 participants made their way through a grueling run/obstacle course. There were 15 obstacles during the 3.5-mile course where runners encountered mud pits, tire rolls, concrete barriers, tangled-string obstacles, two swamp pits and a hay-bale climb, just to name a few. Steve Tate, Sports, Fitness and Aquatics director, said, "Not a race for time, just for fun." Individuals, groups and even a couple of units that put together teams with matching outfits were all out to have a good time.
Tate also wanted to give a special thanks to the 10-man Soldier detail that came out to help from different units on post; the Fort Wainwright Fire Department for filling the mud pits and spraying water at the finish line for the slip-and-slide; Heidi Watkins for organizing a great event that was enjoyed by all who participated; Lucy Lorenz and Joy Boyce for assisting with registration; Nick Pulice and Lara Patterson for the use of Birch Hill Ski and Snowboard Area and the ATV to work the mud-run course. Tate expressed special thanks to Stephanie Jilek, Business and Recreation Division chief, and the entire Sports, Fitness and Aquatics staff for the long hours worked to prepare the course and to Tyler Hill and Jose Sanchez for being the lifeguards at the swamp pits.