Want a twist on the usual charity athletic fundraiser? Then look no further than USO of Missouri’s 5K Cross Country Mud Run. Part obstacle course, part road race, this unique event can be run by individuals or teams of 5, with the goal of raising money for the organization.
USO of Missouri runs two facilities at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport. The James S. McDonnell USO, located on the lower level of Terminal 1 across from baggage carousel M6, never closes. The doors are open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The Terminal 2 Satellite facility, located on the lower level of Terminal 2 across from entrance ET11, is open 7 AM - 6 PM, Monday - Friday. There is also a mobile unit and a center at Ft. Leonard Wood.
Two recent stories by Teri Maddox for bnd.com help explain just how much these centers mean to the military community. A group of families found themselves waiting in the dining hall at Scott Air Force Base for 31 members of an Illinois Air National Guard 126th Air Refueling Wing Security Forces squadron to return from Iraq. USO volunteers showed up to help pass the time. “I love the USO,” said [one serviceman’s sister] Jennifer Stroup, 27, of Scott Air Force Base. “They were here for the (squadron’s) deployment, and they gave all the kids teddy bears. It was really nice." Click here to read the full story
The Mud Run helps support events like that homecoming and so many more. Still not convinced? Check out the quick video below for inspiration! See you in the mud…
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