Although the W. E. Winter Amphibious Warrior Mud Run is well known in the community, the organization that runs it isn’t as well known. The Semper Fidelis Honorary Society is a new student government association organization that was approved this past year to become a campus organization.
“Semper Fidelis” is Latin for “always faithful.”
Auburn University’s website states, “The mission of the organization is to seek to strengthen the core values of honor, courage and commitment, which the nation expects of men and women, who aspire to be Marines.”
This organization consists of Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps Marine option students who are pursuing an undergraduate degree. The meetings are adjusted each semester to certify maximization of participation of members.
Morrow said Semper Fi has had a variety of guest speakers, from a captain who graduated from Auburn and served in Afghanistan, to a WWII Marine Corps veteran who served on Iwo Jima.
“Anyone who is in the Marine Corps is invited to speak to the organization,” junior Marine Option Adam Morrow said.
Semper Fidelis sponsors several events throughout the year. This year they sponsored the Marine Corps Birthday Ball, Warrior Night and the local Toys for Tots drive.
The most popular event that they sponsor, the W. E. Winter Amphibious Warrior Mud Run, is coming up on April 6th.
The run takes place at the great American park and starts at 8 a.m.
There are three different races that are offered throughout the day. The mud run offers a 1-mile mud run for children age 7 to 12 and costs $15 per child.
Individuals or teams of four people can sign up for the three-mile mud run. It is $30 for individuals or $25 a team member.
The recon run consists of a 10-mile trail. The participants in this race are required to wear boots and carry a 30-pound pack of their own.
The mud run is a challenging course that requires running, jumping, climbing, trudging, splashing, crawling and raw determination to get to the end of the course.
The route consists of off-road trails, creeks, hills, rock obstacles and mud pits.
The race is put on in order to raise money for the training and development of its members. Thirty percent of the proceeds go towards the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund.
“This is the fourth annual Mud Run and every year it gets bigger and better,” Morrow said. “We are expecting more than 1,000 participants this year.”
Registration is open online until race day. Tickets are available on race day or in advance at www.aumudrun.com.