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Step Up For Soldiers is scheduled to host a Combat Mud Run Oct. 6 in Wilmington, N.C., to raise money to help veterans in the local area. SUFS hosts many events throughout the year with the mud run being one of the most successful.

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Get dirty for a good cause

23 Aug 2012 | Lance Cpl. Scott W. Whiting

Many events are hosted in the local area for fundraisers, but nothing quite compares to getting dirty and covered in mud while supporting a worthwhile cause. The thrill of being entirely covered in dirt while competing amongst friends is not easily paralleled by other fundraisers.

Step Up For Soldiers is scheduled to host a Combat Mud Run Oct. 6 in Wilmington, N.C., for competitors 14 years or older to get down and dirty.

SUFS is a non-profit organization devoted to serving America’s veterans. They hold various fundraisers to support veterans any way they determine a means. The organization started by building wheelchair ramps for disabled veterans and grew to provide financial assistance to former service members in need and providing home renovations, among other jobs.

“We are always looking for different ways to raise money,” said Steve Ritter, event coordinator with SUFS. “Our mud runs are a popular event people like going to and being a part of.”

The mud run costs $40 for an individual to sign up and $160 for a team of four. After Sept. 15, the prices will raise to $50 per person and $200 per team. People who choose to sign up the day of event will be charged an entry fee of $65 per individual or $260 per four-person team. Ritter stressed signing up as early as possibly is obviously best thing to do. He said the prices rise at the later dates because it takes more last-minute planning to have people sign up at a later time.

“There will be live music throughout the day,” said Ritter. “There will also be food and beverages for sale. It will be an enjoyable time for anyone who shows up. Even if they don’t want to participate in the mud run, they can enjoy a relaxing day outside with friends and music.”

SUFS held a mud run in April and more than 650 participants showed up to get dirty and compete in the race. The course features approximately 20 obstacles with 6 walls and a whole lot of mud.

The races are scheduled to start at 8 a.m. Oct. 6, with the individual participants kicking off right away and lasting until 1 p.m. Team races are scheduled to start at that time and go until the end of the event. It is scheduled to start winding down around 4:30 p.m.

“We like to coordinate events where people can have a good time, but we also pick popular events like these to raise as much money as we can for America’s veterans,” said Ritter. “They are the reason we host these events in the first place.”

For information on the Combat Mud Run, visit