Several ‘warriors’ battle through Salem Marine Mud Run

Sergeant TeJada giving future Marines some instructions. PHOTO BY SHAWN NOWLIN

Throughout the last 23 years the Salem Marine Mud Run has attracted nearly 30,000 participants and raised over $293,000 for Roanoke Toys for Tots Foundation and Camp Roanoke. This year’s event was held on September 16 at Salem’s Green Hill Park.

“We had a little over 600 runners show up,” Mike Shepherd, Commandant of the Marine Corps League, Roanoke Valley Detachment #436, said. “This mud run promotes team work, that’s a big thing in the Marines.”

Needless to say, several participants took the competition very seriously. “I love the fact that you don’t have to be in the military to get involved,” Corey Mason said. “I thought I would come in first place but it didn’t take me long to realize that simply wasn’t going to happen.”

Christine Flora is of the belief that pure ability doesn’t always deliver in the biggest situations. “I believe that internal will and motivation surely plays a larger role than a person’s pure ability to overcome adversity or deal with daily…

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