Staffers from Andrews Federal Credit Union are getting in on the action during this year's "mud run" at a New Jersey military base.
“This year for the first time we will have three teams of employees and friends running in the Sept.10 ‘Beast of the East’ McGuire Mud Run,” said a spokeswoman for the $815 million, Maryland-based Andrews FCU. The race is the day before the 10-year anniversary of 9/11 attacks.
The McGuire Mud Run is a 10K (6.2 mile) event on the Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst property and covers a variety of terrain including asphalt, gravel, sand and mud. Obstacles include hurdles, low crawls and mud pits with teams of five runners, many wearing theme costumes and required to start and finish the race together.
The purpose of the race, coordinated by the Burlington County Military Affairs Committee, has been to build “community teamwork” among civilian and military groups. Andrews FCU staffs a table at the event providing CU service materials.
Apart from the McGuire Run, Andrews again is serving as sponsor for the New Jersey Run for the Fallen slated Sept. 23-25 also at Joint McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst and spread over a 154-mile course starting at Cape May. The race will finish Sept. 25 at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Holmdel.
Each individual mile run is dedicated to a “New Jersey Hero” with team participants stopping at every Hero Marker to present a flag and personalized bio to waiting family and friends.
This year the race committee also hopes to fund an area at the Vietnam Veterans' Memorial in Holmdel dedicated to Gold Star Mothers, an organization of mothers who have lost a son or daughter during military service.
“Andrews Federal Credit Union is proud to support the services members in the Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst community and like the military, we recognize the importance teamwork plays in completing a successful mission,” said Chris McDonald, president/CEO at Andrews FCU. “These events also serve to build internal relationships between our staff as well as with the greater community we serve.”