Citadel Marines finish first in 15th annual Bulldog Challenge
Citadel Marines took first place in the 15th annual Citadel Bulldog Challenge, held Saturday, March 12. The team of Cadet Cory Moyer, Cadet Greg Nolan and Marine Staff Sgt. Dustin Allen and Marine Sgt. Stephen Maraist finished the race is just over an hour. Their finish time also put The Citadel Marines at the top of ROTC unit category.
The Bulldog Challenge has become a springtime tradition in Charleston, where this muddy and rigorous endurance race is held. The annual event is hosted by the college Semper Fidelis Society, which is comprised of cadets in the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps (NROTC) unit and active duty members of the Marine Enlisted Commissioning Education Program (MECEP).
This year, 173 four-person teams competed in a race designed to recreate some of the experiences that a Marine might encounter under enemy fire on the battlefield. Spread over six miles, the course consists of physical challenge stations, including pull ups, fireman’s carry, and a stadium run. This year's participation broke the 2010 record for competitors by 35 teams, which included college students from across the country, active duty military and law enforcement personnel, Citadel cadets, health professionals, fitness enthusiasts and athletes from the surrounding area.
The Bulldog Challenge, in addition to being a fun springtime event, is also a fundraiser for The Citadel Semper Fi Society. Proceeds will go to the Warren A. Frank Memorial Leadership Fund, in honor of the fallen Marine captain and Citadel Class of 2004 graduate. Frank was killed in Iraq in November 2008 while delivering humanitarian aid. He is one of 15 Citadel graduates to have died in the line of duty since the war on terror began.
This year's category winners are:
1st Place Over 41 Male - Just One More – 1:51:44
1st Place 33-40 Male – Team Eco – 1:33:20
1st Place 24-32 Male – Matt Bare – 1:15:33
1st Place 20-23 Male – AFSOPT Don’t Be Soft (Virginia Tech Air Force ROTC) – 1:13:01
1st Place 19 Under Male – Swamp Donkeys – 1:24:36
1st Place COED – 3 Jacks and a King – 1:26:41
1st Place Civilian – Zoo Crew – 1:16:06
1st Place Female – Aggie Bulldogs (NROTC Texas A&M) – 1:32:36
Overall winner – Citadel Marines (NROTC The Citadel) – 1:07:28
Top Gym - 3 Jacks and a King (MUSC Fitness Center) – 1:26:41
Top ROTC - Citadel Marines (NROTC The Citadel) – 1:07:28