Mud runs are becoming more and more popular here and across the country and one local mud run kicks it up a notch to help out the local community.
WVU Army ROTC received a donation of more than $2,000 worth of lumber to help with construction for the second annual "Wild Warrior Challenge".
"It's a really fun race, a great time," said John Feiler, the Senior Military Instructor at WVU. "What differs us from some of the other larger races is it's not a commercial race. The proceeds from our race goes towards veterans organizations."
The Wild Warrior Challenge was started last year to raise money for Operation Welcome Home and Monongalia and Preston County Family Readiness Groups.
The event coordinators wanted to bring the cadets closer to each other and to the community.
"It worked out as the perfect solution for me to accomplish what I was looking for with the cadets and also one thing we stress a lot here is giving back to the community," said Lt. Col. Daniel Rice, the Military Science Professor at WVU. "Specifically, our community, the military community, and the community of Morgantown. So this gives us an opportunity to do both at the same time."
WVU Army ROTC said without the donations, there wouldn't be a race.
One of the primary sponsors is 84 Lumber in Star City. It donated the lumber so the cadets can start building the obstacles for the race.
"We felt that a good donation would be donating materials so they could build obstacles for the challenge," said Dave Barnett of 84 Lumber in Star City. "Being a part of the community we wanted to be a part of it."
"It's going to make for a great race this year. We're going to have a lot of cadets building here over the course of the week and we have some great obstacles in mind," Feiler said. "It's going to make for a very fun, challenging, exciting race."
The Wild Warrior Challenge is this Saturday, April 20 at Mylan Park in Morgantown.