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1,200-plus turn out for Volkslauf

By Melissa Buckley | | August 1, 2014

The weather was perfect for the more than 1,200 people who turned out for the 15th annual U.S. Marine Corps Detachment’s Volkslauf Saturday.

The 10k mud run started at the Fort Leonard Wood Car Wash and covered roadways, trails, hills, two river crossings and a mud pit before ending at Happy Hollow.

Addy Falaniko was running the Volkslauf for the second time.

“I had fun the first time I ran it. Getting up the hills and through the river are the best parts. I am looking forward to the mud pit,” Falaniko said.

Master Gunnery Sgt. Larry Cantu, Marine Corps Detachment, Motor Transport Instruction Company academics officer, was participating for his fourth time.

“I am getting older, but it is still fun. My favorite part is running downhill,” Cantu said. “It’s unique, because you see everybody out here. There are older people, young kids, civilians and active-duty. It is challenging, and it is just great.”

For people thinking about doing the Volkslauf for the first time next year, Cantu has some advice:

“Run some hills. There are two big ones, and they are killers,” he said.

Jeff Caquelin was the overall individual first-place winner, followed by Norman Holcomb in second place and Tyler Meredith in third place.

Team winners were as follows:

Male team

1st place: Sappers

2nd place: Mud Dawgs

3rd place: Wolverines!

Female team

1st place: Globetrotters

2nd place: Mud, Sweat

3rd place: Sweaty Soles

Military team

1st place: Pirates 1

2nd place: Clark

3rd place: Waynesville High School

Co-ed team

1st place: A Few Good Men

2nd place: Delta Dawgs MO

3rd place: Mud Blasters