Vinson Sailors “Get Muddy” During 7th Annual Mud Run

Story Number: NNS070813-08Release Date: 8/13/2007 3:40:00 PM
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By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Nina Hughes, USS Carl Vinson Public Affairs

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (NNS) -- Sailors assigned to the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) participated in the 7th Annual Mud Run held at Naval Amphibious Base (NAB) Little Creek in Virginia Beach Aug. 11.

The mud run, which has evolved into a significant community event for the Hampton Roads area, enables service members and local citizens to compete against each other in a challenging fitness environment.

"USS Carl Vinson was represented with a team from our chief's mess, a team from our wardroom, and another team consisting of Carl Vinson's recent chief selectees," said Chief Religious Program Specialist Jonathan Sanks, who helped coordinate Carl Vinson's role in the event.

The mud run's course challenged Sailors and civilians alike to run, walk, trot, crawl, and climb over and under mud, sand dunes and other obstacles.

The event was facilitated by the Armed Services Men's Christian Association, which aims to improve the quality of life for military personnel and their family members through social, recreational and personal development.

After the run, a picnic was held for crew members and their families, allowing Sailors who participated the opportunity to relax and reflect on their experiences and challenges during the event.

"The picnic was the culmination of a great day for Carl Vinson Sailors participating in this year's mud run," said Sanks. "It was a rewarding experience for all."

Carl Vinson is currently undergoing its scheduled refueling complex overhaul (RCOH) at Northrop Grumman Newport News shipyard. The RCOH is an extensive yard period that all Nimitz-class aircraft carriers go through near the mid-point of their 50-year life cycle.

During RCOH, Carl Vinson's nuclear fuel will be replenished and the ship's services and infrastructure will be upgraded to make her the most state-of-the-art aircraft carrier in the fleet and prepare for another 25 years or more of service.

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