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U.S. Army Pvt. Conner McCage, 344th Military Intelligence Battalion trainee, leads some other soldiers through a low crawl during the 344th MI BN mud run at the Camp Sentinel training area on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, July 7, 2018. This was the 344th MI BN’s first ever mud run. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua Edwards/Released)

U.S. Army Pvt. Conner McCage, 344th Military Intelligence Battalion trainee, leads some other soldiers through a low crawl during the 344th MI BN mud run at the Camp Sentinel training area on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, July 7, 2018. This was the 344th MI BN’s first ever mud run. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua Edwards/Released)

U.S. Army Pfc. Breanna Dagen, 344th Military Intelligence Battalion trainee, jumps over a barrier during the 344th MI BN mud run at the Camp Sentinel training area on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, July 7, 2018. Out of the fifteen competitors at the event, Dagen was the only female who entered.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua Edwards/Released)

U.S. Army Pfc. Breanna Dagen, 344th Military Intelligence Battalion trainee, jumps over a barrier during the 344th MI BN mud run at the Camp Sentinel training area on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, July 7, 2018. Out of the fifteen competitors at the event, Dagen was the only female who entered. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua Edwards/Released)

U.S. Army Pvt. Conner McCage, 344th Military Intelligence Battalion trainee, runs through a puddle during the 344th MI BN mud run at the Camp Sentinel training area on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, July 7, 2018. Besides running through puddles, participants in the mud run also had to jump barriers, climb a dirt hill and perform a low crawl. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua Edwards/Released)

U.S. Army Pvt. Conner McCage, 344th Military Intelligence Battalion trainee, runs through a puddle during the 344th MI BN mud run at the Camp Sentinel training area on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, July 7, 2018. Besides running through puddles, participants in the mud run also had to jump barriers, climb a dirt hill and perform a low crawl. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua Edwards/Released)

U.S. Army Pvt. Conner McCage, 344th Military Intelligence Battalion trainee, runs through a wooded area during the 344th MI BN mud run near the Camp Sentinel training area on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, July 7, 2018. The mud run consisted of a 2.2 mile course and featured several obstacles. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua Edwards/Released)

U.S. Army Pvt. Conner McCage, 344th Military Intelligence Battalion trainee, runs through a wooded area during the 344th MI BN mud run near the Camp Sentinel training area on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, July 7, 2018. The mud run consisted of a 2.2 mile course and featured several obstacles. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua Edwards/Released)

A group of 344th Military Intelligence Battalion soldiers pose for a photo after the during the 344th MI BN mud run at the Camp Sentinel training area on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, July 7, 2018. This was an Army exclusive event that the 344th MI BN used as a test run before opening it up to a larger audience at a later time. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua Edwards/Released)

A group of 344th Military Intelligence Battalion soldiers pose for a photo after the during the 344th MI BN mud run at the Camp Sentinel training area on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, July 7, 2018. This was an Army exclusive event that the 344th MI BN used as a test run before opening it up to a larger audience at a later time. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua Edwards/Released)

GOODFELLOW AIR FORCE BASE, Texas -- Fifteen soldiers came out to challenge the 344th Military Intelligence Battalion’s mud run course, and each other, at the Camp Sentinel training area July 7.

This batch of soldiers chose to show up at the course and race for the best time.

“I wanted to come out and compete, and I thought it’d be fun,” said Pfc. Breanna Dagen, 344th MI BN trainee. “This was my first ever mud run.”

Sgt. 1st Class Miguel Nieves, 344th MI BN instructor, designed the 2.2 mile course with several obstacles including barrier jumps, a dirt hill climb and a low crawl through mud.

“The main purpose is to have fun outdoors, get wet, get refreshed and boost some morale out here,” said Nieves. “Having fun and getting dirty at the same time, is always a good time.”

Nieves said he got the idea for the course while at a Spartan Race with his daughter.

“All the Spartan Races have mud and water and all that stuff,” he said. “That Spartan Race didn’t have any mud. It was really dry and it was hot. You can’t have a course that is long and hot at the same time. My thing was, I have the field out here and I have the water. Why not do some obstacles in between where you can refresh and reboot and continue going.”

The course was only available to soldiers this time around, but the 344th MI BN plans to open the course to a larger audience at a later time.

“Our intent is to open it up and do a base-wide event,” said Nieves. “We are thinking in the near future to do an event where it is going to be 3 to 5 miles with 15 to 20 obstacles. We are going to open it to anyone who has a military ID and they will be more than welcome to participate.

“I’m looking forward to the next one. I want to make it bigger and better.”

Dagen, who was the only female to compete at the event, said she agrees with Nieves.

“It was a lot of fun and I wished there had been more obstacles,” said Dagen.