A special visitor dropped by last month: Cycle World’s European Editor Bruno dePrato was in town, not to ride bikes but to participate in the World Famous Mud Run at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton.
Contestants run for 10 kilometers (6.2 miles) up and down hills, negotiate water obstacles, climb cargo nets, scale walls, crawl through tunnels and get blasted by fire hoses. An impressive feat, but consider this: Bruno, who enlisted in the U.S. Army back in 1968 and volunteered for the 101st Airborne Division, is 70 years old. And while most of the runners wear shorts and jogging shoes, Bruno and I ran the course in combat boots and utility trousers.
Bruno turned in a fine performance and got to meet the commanding general of the base. I’ve run the event 17 times, podiumed 12 times and won my class twice, but I’ve never been prouder than running the course with Bruno, who’s been a close friend for 31 years.