Sabers keeping it muddy

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  • By Senior Airman Rusty Frank
  • 52nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs
Under the warm sun and blue sky, the stillness of the environment is interrupted by the shouting of "three, two, one, go!"

With that countdown, the second annual Tier II Mud Run kicked off, and it was time to get down and dirty for Saber Nation.

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Robert Nolen, 52nd Component Maintenance Squadron avionics maintenance section chief, said that the run was held to benefit the Fisher House Landstuhl. According to organization's website, it receives the majority of its funding from charitable donations at events such as the mud run. The Fisher House has two houses which provide a home away from home for patients and families receiving medical care at the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Landstuhl, Germany.

Not only did the event provide a way for Sabers to run through mud, but the course also had some twists along the way.

"We have different kinds of obstacles including tire drags, tire flips, sled pull with 100 pound weight, low crawls, over unders... they are going to get dirty out there; it's going to be worth it," Nolen said. "After the run we are having a burger burn."

An event like the run helps provide a sense of friendship among the participants.

"I did the run for camaraderie," said U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Jennika Walton, a 52nd Logistics Readiness Squadron traffic management office specialist. "It's always good to have high morale on the base, when you have an event like this it's kind of hard to say 'no' to."

In the end, the event was a time for Airmen to get down and dirty for a good cause.

"The run provided a good break from work and a good team building opportunity and all the proceeds go to help something really beneficial," Nolen said. "It was just a good event to get people out here, get them dirty and spend time with their fellow wingman."