Toms River residents take part in grueling run

August 28, 2013 by  

Residents from Toms River recently took part in the Rock Solid Mud Run, which is held to challenge runners, both physically and mentally, while raising money for the Semper Fi Fund.

August 17 saw Julia Kern and Frank Newby of Toms River battling through mud and a military style obstacle course to complete the race. Around 97% of the registration money goes to the Semper Fi Fund, which helps service members to manage while undergoing rehabilitation and recovery.

Around 700 people took part in the Rock Solid Mud Run, with most being from New York and New Jersey. Every 10 minutes, more runners start the race, and for some it was their first time.

Chris Roe is the organizer and has been running the race twice a year for the last three years. He points out that the course has altered from the first year and is now a five-mile race. According to Roe, people have an interest in the military and the Rock Solid Mud Run gives them a chance to try out the obstacles themselves. Although the obstacles have been downsized slightly, an average of six obstacles for every mile on the course still provides a stern test.

Newby said that the race had inspired him to stop smoking and take care of himself, so that he can take part in future runs. The event is extremely popular with all ages, and is no doubt promoted using local flyer printing services.