FORT DRUM, N.Y. (WWNY) - Soldiers on Fort Drum were getting down and dirty Friday for the annual Mountain Mudder run.
Nearly 1,000 participants went over and under hurdles, through ponds and down slides to complete the roughly six-mile, 22-obstacle course.
The run began at Monti Physical Fitness Center, wound through Remington Park and finished at the Fort Drum commons where music from the 10th Mountain Division Band and food awaited the runners.
The event is designed to get solders out for physical training, but also to have fun.
As much as participants enjoyed wallowing in the mud, what they liked the most, they said, was running the course with their teammates.
"The fact that all my entire section who is getting rinsed off over here, we all did it together -- it's like comradery," Randall Fuller said. "Just like we are soldiers, just like comradery, we're all together doing the same thing -- we're all embracing the suck together basically."
This was Fort Drum’s eighth Mountain Mudder. The event began in 2013.