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June 29, 2012

Members represent March ARB at U.S. Marine event

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by Darnell Gardner
452 AMW public affairs
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Team “Sky Gods,” from March Air Reserve Base, Calif, competed in the 2012 Hard Corps, Armed Services YMCA Mud Run at Camp Pendleton, Saturday, June 16. Members are pictured showing off their self-designed team shirts for the competition. (Courtesy photo to U.S. Air Force)

Mud and run, probably not your best combination, but for several teams comprised of mega-athletes from March Air Reserve Base, Calif., this was exactly what brought them together to compete in the 2012 Hard Corps, Armed Services YMCA Mud Run at Camp Pendleton, Saturday, June 16. Teams from all over the country met to compete in this event that usually sells out in the first 24 hours of advertising. March members were not out to win top honors, but rather participate in an event that supports the well-being of military families and at the same time, enhance their personal overall physical fitness.

Team March members participated under the name of, “Team Sky Gods,” during the 2012 Hard Corps, Armed Services YMCA Mud Run at Camp Pendleton, Saturday, June 16. Team members: Lt.Col. Brice Middleton, Lt. Col. Dawn Deshefy, Col. Mark Sigler, Tech. Sgt. Kelley Lundrigan and Lt. Col. Antonio Astran, shown here before the race.

The course was a grueling, 10-kilometers (6.3 mile) trek, made up of steep inclines, mud-laden trenches, low-level crawls and what appeared to be 100 feet-high walls. In actuality, the walls were only 10 feet, but when you are mud-soaked, tired and hot, 10 feet seems like 100 feet. Despite the course conditions, the event brought together 6,500 participants ranging from U.S. Marines, firefighters, police officers, and avid Iron-man style athletes.Lt. Col. Dawn Deshefy, Executive Officer, 452d Operations Group commented, “Last year, we participated in the 2011 Mud Run at the Sherriff’s Department, in support of the 452d Air Mobility Wing Company Grade Officer Council and really enjoyed it. This year, we vowed to return, but more competitively driven. We pulled together “Team Sky Gods” to represent the Operations Group. Our aims were to beat our previous time and place higher among other competitors. We may have trained independently, but during the race, we came together as a team.”

“We are sure to come back next year and with more teams and more runners.  Events such as this compliment our physical fitness routines and are crucial in building unit, base, and Total Force Integration,” said Deshefy.After a full day of non-stop action and all teams having completed the course, the after-party jumped into full swing. Participants, after

Team March members participated under the name of, “Team Sky Gods,” during the 2012 Hard Corps, Armed Services YMCA Mud Run at Camp Pendleton, Saturday, June 16. Team members, starting from left to right are Lt.Col. Brice Middleton, Lt. Col. Dawn Deshefy, Col. Mark Sigler, Tech. Sgt. Kelley Lundrigan and Lt. Col. Antonio Astran, shown here after the race.

taking showers, moved over to the festive part of the event and were met with food, drink and Eighties-Fest music.Tech. Sgt. Kelley Lundrigan, Information Management Technician, 452d AMW, jokingly added, “Some of us, who shall be nameless, didn’t do such a great job of overcoming the obstacles and needed some assistance, but “nevertheless, we still crossed the finish line in true Team March fashion.”Obstacles were placed inside mud trenches, so runners entered through mud, overcame obstacles in mud and exited through mud. Some of the tunnels were submerged, so contestants had to get creative and even more mud-soaked.“I think the most challenging part of the race was the first two miles,” said Lt. Col. Antonio Astran, 452d OG, Resource Advisor. We started out running on a steep incline, which I figured was roughly six to eight percent. That took a toll on us early in the race, but we still pushed on. Next were the mud pits, which required a little creativity to successfully navigate, but with endurance and a lot of perseverance, we all made it through.




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