Mud Run at Camp Pendleton CA: June 18 2011

Mud Runs are held all over the world, 10 kilometer event runs up that go hills and over obstacles including, of course, lots and lots of mud. This is one of the many held at Camp Pendleton, a Marine Corp Base on the Southern Californian coast between Orange County and San Diego. With a backdrop of grassy hills and strong Californian sunshine, some take it seriously and run as individuals while others compete as teams wearing a whole range of crazy costumes. Whether they run it for a fast time or a bit of fun, everyone ends up the same in the end: wet and covered in mud.

Strong and determined-looking, the men lead out the front as the individual mud runners cross the start line, Camp Pendleton Mud Run, California

Strong and determined-looking, the men lead out the front as the individual mud runners cross the start line.

A team wearing yellow safety vests and goggles prepares, their goggles already fogging up, Camp Pendleton Mud Run, California

A team wearing yellow safety vests and goggles prepares, their goggles already fogging up.

Tables covered in saftey pins for attaching race bibs, Camp Pendleton Mud Run, CaliforniaA team in pink sunglasses and pink tutus gets ready, Camp Pendleton Mud Run, California

Tables covered in saftey pins for attaching race bibs; A team in pink sunglasses and pink tutus gets ready.

A competitor ties his shoelace on the dirty rocky ground that makes up most of the mud run course, Camp Pendleton Mud Run, California

A competitor ties his shoelace on the dirty rocky ground that makes up most of the mud run course.

A crowd of teams head up the hill for the pre-race team meeting, Camp Pendleton Mud Run, California

A crowd of teams head up the hill for the pre-race team meeting.

An important pre-race preparation step, a visit to the portable toilets, Camp Pendleton Mud Run, California

An important pre-race preparation step, a visit to the portable toilets.

The MC, with microphone, leads a long line of teams to the race start, Camp Pendleton Mud Run, California

The MC, with microphone, leads a long line of teams to the race start.

A family, with small children, watches from the sidelines as the mud run teams walk to the start line, Camp Pendleton Mud Run, California

A family, with small children, watches from the sidelines as the mud run teams walk to the start line.

A reminder that this race is held inside a Marine Corp base in Southern California, marines and palm trees outside a kiosk building, Camp Pendleton Mud Run, CaliforniaFeet at the start line, ready to run, including 'barefoot' running shoes, Camp Pendleton Mud Run, California

A reminder that this race is held inside a Marine Corp base in Southern California, marines and palm trees outside a kiosk building; Feet at the start line, ready to run, including ‘barefoot’ running shoes.

Various teams in variously coloured team t-shirts run across the start line, Camp Pendleton Mud Run, California

Various teams in variously coloured team t-shirts run across the start line.

Smiling ladies in bright pink cross the start line, looking up at the MC as he calls out team names and wishes them luck, Camp Pendleton Mud Run, California

Smiling ladies in bright pink cross the start line, looking up at the MC as he calls out team names and wishes them luck.

A band of screaming pirates begin the race, Camp Pendleton Mud Run, California

A band of screaming pirates begin the race.

Feet and running shadows cross the start line, Camp Pendleton Mud Run, California

Feet and running shadows cross the start line.

One of the first few competitors to finish runs through the empty chute, around the puddle, towards the finish line, Camp Pendleton Mud Run, California

One of the first few competitors to finish runs through the empty chute, around the puddle, towards the finish line.

Crowds on bleaches watch the mud run beneath blue skies, Camp Pendleton Mud Run, California

Crowds on bleaches watch the mud run beneath blue skies.

An early finisher runs through the water at the empty 'Team Meet Area' as he nears the finish, Camp Pendleton Mud Run, California

An early finisher runs through the water at the empty ‘Team Meet Area’ as he nears the finish.

A competitor with a very determined face enters the final mud pit as a crowd of spectators looks on, Camp Pendleton Mud Run, California

A competitor with a very determined face enters the final mud pit as a crowd of spectators looks on.

A young boy on his father's shoulders watches as competitors emerge from the final mud pit, Camp Pendleton Mud Run, California

A young boy on his father’s shoulders watches as competitors emerge from the final mud pit.

A couple dressed as Native American Indians make their way out of the final mud pit, making sure their clothes are still in all the right places, Camp Pendleton Mud Run, California

A couple dressed as Native American Indians make their way out of the final mud pit, making sure their clothes are still in all the right places.

Runners of varying intensities come out of the mud pit and past the water feature, some stopping to refresh themselves while others just power on through, Camp Pendleton Mud Run, California

Runners of varying intensities come out of the mud pit and past the water feature, some stopping to refresh themselves while others just power on through.

Crowds watch and take photos in the warm sun, beneath a blue sky, Camp Pendleton Mud Run, California

Crowds watch and take photos in the warm sun, beneath a blue sky.

Spectators line the final mud pit, taking photos as competitors emerge from the mud and are pointed towards the finish line, Camp Pendleton Mud Run, California

Spectators line the final mud pit, taking photos as competitors emerge from the mud and are pointed towards the finish line.

Nearing the finish a slower moving girl is grabbed by her team member and pulled forwards, Camp Pendleton Mud Run, CaliforniaA team dressed in business casual are one of the first in the 'Team Meet Area', waiting, Camp Pendleton Mud Run, California

Nearing the finish a slower moving girl is grabbed by her team member and pulled forwards; A team dressed in business casual are one of the first in the ‘Team Meet Area’, waiting.

A competitor salutes a wet muddy Batman as he runs past with fist in the air, Camp Pendleton Mud Run, California

A competitor salutes a wet muddy Batman as he runs past with fist in the air.

A waiting team with green headbands greets an arriving team member while still waiting for others, Camp Pendleton Mud Run, California

A waiting team with green headbands greets an arriving team member while still waiting for others.

pectators strain to watch the action at the end of the final mud pit as teams are reunited and begin the sprint to the finish, Camp Pendleton Mud Run, California

Spectators strain to watch the action at the end of the final mud pit as teams are reunited and begin the sprint to the finish.

Teams wait and rinse themselves, including these two girls wearing duck and dolphin floaties, Camp Pendleton Mud Run, California

Teams wait and rinse themselves, including these two girls wearing duck and dolphin floaties.

A couple run though the muddy ground, water spraying up, Camp Pendleton Mud Run, CaliforniaHappy faces as a red team crosses the finish, with mandatory linked arms, Camp Pendleton Mud Run, California

A couple run though the muddy ground, water spraying up; Happy faces as a red team crosses the finish, with mandatory linked arms.

Two girls covered in wet mud wait for their team members, Camp Pendleton Mud Run, California

Two girls covered in wet mud wait for their team members.

A competitor talks with family on the sidelines as he waits for his team members, Camp Pendleton Mud Run, California

A competitor talks with family on the sidelines as he waits for his team members.

Two happy but wet and dirty faces, Camp Pendleton Mud Run, California

Two happy but wet and dirty faces.

Spectators line the finish line amongst the dry grass, Camp Pendleton Mud Run, California

Spectators line the finish line amongst the dry grass of Camp Pendleton.

A team sprints towards the finish, each man suddenly trying to beat his own team members across the line, Camp Pendleton Mud Run, California

A team sprints towards the finish, each man suddenly trying to beat his own team members across the line.

A yellow team celebrate as they cross the finish line, Camp Pendleton Mud Run, CaliforniaA child in the crowd drinks milk as his watches competitors emerge from the mud pit, Camp Pendleton Mud Run, California

A yellow team celebrate as they cross the finish line; A child in the crowd drinks milk as his watches competitors emerge from the mud pit.

Teams run through the muddy water towards the finish, with linked arms, as others wait for the rest of their team to arrive so they can do the same, Camp Pendleton Mud Run, California

Teams run through the muddy water towards the finish, with linked arms, as others wait for the rest of their team to arrive so they can do the same.

Exhaustion on the faces of a team just over the finish line, Camp Pendleton Mud Run, California

Exhaustion on the faces of a team just over the finish line.

A wet happy orange team, Camp Pendleton Mud Run, California

A wet happy orange team.

Lines of team, running arm in arm, as they run towards the finish, Camp Pendleton Mud Run, California

Lines of team, running arm in arm, as they run towards the finish.

A team hi-fives as they celebrate finishing the mud run, Camp Pendleton Mud Run, California

A team hi-fives as they celebrate finishing the mud run.

The aftermath, people everywhere covered in dried mud, Camp Pendleton Mud Run, California

The aftermath, people everywhere covered in dried mud.

Competitors walk towards the well-deserved food and beer, including this girl in a gold leotard, Camp Pendleton Mud Run, California

Competitors walk towards the well-deserved food and beer, including this girl in a gold leotard.

Competitors, still dirty with mud, dig into oranges and bananas post-race, Camp Pendleton Mud Run, California

Competitors, still dirty with mud, dig into oranges and bananas post-race.

The long and dirty line for a shower, Camp Pendleton Mud Run, CaliforniaEnjoying being clean in the open-air group showers, Camp Pendleton Mud Run, California

The long and dirty line for a shower; Enjoying being clean in the open-air group showers.

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