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Citadel News Service

For Release
April 12. 2004

Citadel Bulldog Challenge tests physical endurance

          One of the Charleston area's most demanding tests of physical endurance is expected to attract more than 200 participants and spectators to The Citadel campus this weekend.

          The 2004 Bulldog Challenge is a competition of physical and mental team endurance. The seven-mile challenge includes a Marine obstacle course, stadium run, firefighter's carry, and team pushups. Teams from colleges and universities, fire and police departments and the armed forces from across the nation participate.

          Registration begins at 9 a.m. and the race begins at noon Saturday, April 17 at The Citadel.

          The Citadel Semper Fidelis Society will donate proceeds from the 8th annual challenge to the memorial funds created in honor of two Citadel graduates among the first casualties of the war in Iraq.

          Marine Capt. Benjamin Sammis, 29, a Cobra helicopter pilot, died in combat in central Iraq on April 5. He graduated from the Corps of Cadets in 1996.

          Marine 1st. Lt. Shane Childers, who was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, died March 21st. A member of the Class of 2001, he was an active duty Marine who attended classes as a day student in the Marine Enlisted Commissioning Education Program. Childers was the first American serviceman to die in the war in Iraq.

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