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Citadel News Service

For Release
Feb. 9, 2004

Bulldog Challenge to put teams to physical endurance test
Proceeds from this year's event to benefit memorial funds
for two Citadel grads killed in Iraq

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

Shane Childers

          The 2004 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. Between 300 and 400 people are expected to take part.

          "These Marines gave their lives protecting our country and delivering liberty to another. Contributing to these funds in their honor is the least we can do," said Darrell Brown, an active duty Marine student and coordinator of this year's Bulldog Challenge.           

Benjamin Sammis

          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.

          Now in its third year as a team competition (previously it was an individual contest), the Bulldog Challenge gained national attention having been featured on MTV's reality show Road Rules: The College Tour in 2002.

          To register to compete, contact Brown at or register on online at Deadline is April 1.





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