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Vandenberg Mud Run takes place today

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- The Vandenberg Warrior Challenge Mud Run takes place here June 30, starting at 1 p.m. at Cocheo Park.

A 30th Space Wing commander's call with Col. David Buck will immediately follow the run.

Approximately 1,200 runners, including members of the Navy and Marine Corps, will run the 5-mile route, which covers paved roads, off-road vehicle trails and the base obstacle course. Those numbers include 60 teams. 

Because the participants will get dirty after splashing through the mud pits, they can leave backpacks or bags with towels and changes of clothes at Cocheo Park. Showers will not be available.
South Dakota Road around Cocheo Park will close after 12:30 p.m. Participants can park at the park until then; afterward, parking will be limited to nearby location, such as the Base Exchange, Pacific Coast Club, or headquarters building. South Dakota Road will open at approximately 2:45 p.m. to allow limited traffic for the commander's call. 

Colonel Buck has authorized Cocheo Park as an alternate duty location for Department of Defense civilians starting at 1 p.m. While civilians are encouraged to participate in the Mud Run, they can come out as spectators. 

Mud Run coordinators reminded Airmen of several safety issues to take into consideration. First, runners should drink plenty of fluids. Second, participants must watch out for other runners, especially in the Mud Pits. Finally, runners shouldn't forget the sun. 

"People will be exposed to the sun for several hours," said Master Sgt. Patrick Dutkevitch, Mud Run coordinator. "People should wear ample amounts of waterproof sunscreen and bring a hat to wear after the run." 

For more information on the run, click here.