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Runners attempt to carry each other across a muddy track during the Rugged Terrain Obstacle Run at Grafenwoehr, Germany, Saturday, April 7, 2018.
Runners attempt to carry each other across a muddy track during the Rugged Terrain Obstacle Run at Grafenwoehr, Germany, Saturday, April 7, 2018. (Martin Egnash/Stars and Stripes)
Runners attempt to carry each other across a muddy track during the Rugged Terrain Obstacle Run at Grafenwoehr, Germany, Saturday, April 7, 2018.
Runners attempt to carry each other across a muddy track during the Rugged Terrain Obstacle Run at Grafenwoehr, Germany, Saturday, April 7, 2018. (Martin Egnash/Stars and Stripes)
Runners maneuver through the monkey bars during the Rugged Terrain Obstacle Run, at Grafenwoehr, Germany, Saturday, April 7, 2018.
Runners maneuver through the monkey bars during the Rugged Terrain Obstacle Run, at Grafenwoehr, Germany, Saturday, April 7, 2018. (Martin Egnash/Stars and Stripes)
Runners jump over walls during the Rugged Terrain Obstacle Run, at Grafenwoehr, Germany, Saturday, April 7, 2018.
Runners jump over walls during the Rugged Terrain Obstacle Run, at Grafenwoehr, Germany, Saturday, April 7, 2018. (Martin Egnash/Stars and Stripes)
Runners climb over a wall during the Rugged Terrain Obstacle Run, at Grafenwoehr, Germany, Saturday, April 7, 2018.
Runners climb over a wall during the Rugged Terrain Obstacle Run, at Grafenwoehr, Germany, Saturday, April 7, 2018. (Martin Egnash/Stars and Stripes)
Runners use ropes to climp to the top of an obstacle during the Rugged Terrain Obstacle Run, at Grafenwoehr, Germany, Saturday, April 7, 2018.
Runners use ropes to climp to the top of an obstacle during the Rugged Terrain Obstacle Run, at Grafenwoehr, Germany, Saturday, April 7, 2018. (Martin Egnash/Stars and Stripes)
Runners race through a zig-zag of logs during the Rugged Terrain Obstacle Run, at Grafenwoehr, Germany, Saturday, April 7, 2018.
Runners race through a zig-zag of logs during the Rugged Terrain Obstacle Run, at Grafenwoehr, Germany, Saturday, April 7, 2018. (Martin Egnash/Stars and Stripes)
Runners help each other over an obstacle during the Rugged Terrain Obstacle Run, at Grafenwoehr, Germany, Saturday, April 7, 2018.
Runners help each other over an obstacle during the Rugged Terrain Obstacle Run, at Grafenwoehr, Germany, Saturday, April 7, 2018. (Martin Egnash/Stars and Stripes)

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany – Soldiers and families at U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria got a little dirty Saturday and enjoyed the German sunshine during the 6th annual Grafenwoehr Rugged Terrain Obstacle Run.

Almost 500 U.S. soldiers, family members and NATO allies ran the 16-kilometer course, maneuvering through 20 obstacles that had runners crawling through mud, sawing logs and climbing up steep walls.

“It was fantastic. I feel great. This was one of the most physical things I’ve done in my time in the Army,” said Pfc. Kaleb Coops, a scout with the 1st Infantry Division’s 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team on rotation in Europe, who was among the first to cross the finish line at the event.

“It was a good test. It really pushed my cardio,” Coops said.

The rugged terrain run began as a way for U.S. soldiers to train with their units. The base later opened the course to all military I.D. card holders as an annual event.egnash.martin@stripes.com Twitter: @Marty_Stripes

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