- Massachusetts National Guard members recently teamed up with the F.I.T. Mud Run Challenge obstacle course race to help stage the competition’s inaugural running Saturday at the Cracker Barrel Fair Grounds in Wrentham, Mass.
“The Massachusetts National Guard support was tremendous,” said event organizer, Robb McCoy. “They had t-shirts for the runners, brought in the Humvee, and had a great display. It really added an extra dimension to the atmosphere.”
The F.I.T. Mud Run Challenge was a 5K obstacle course race McCoy organized to benefit the Pediatric Cancer Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to funding research to eliminate childhood cancer. McCoy, who also manages Olympic Fitness in North Attleboro, contacted National Guard members who trained with him to ask about partnering for the event.
“F.I.T. stands for Fortitude, Integrity, and Toughness,” McCoy said. “These are characteristics I believe in, and they’re applicable to the Guard, too, so I thought it was a natural fit.”
Army National Guard Staff Sgt. Ken Dowd, a recruiter, linked McCoy with the Recruiting and Retention Battalion, which helped McCoy with the event.
“It’s really a perfect match,” Dowd said, “because the type of people that participate in events such as these are exactly the type of people we’re looking for in the Guard.”
The course consisted of a host of different obstacles, including a series of seven different obstacle walls, each one named for one of the Army’s core values of loyalty, duty, respect, selfless service, honor, integrity, and personal courage.
Next year’s F.I.T. Mud Run Challenge is already scheduled for April 12, 2014 at the World War I Memorial Park in North Attleboro, Mass. See http://www.fitchallenge.org for details.