University of Kentucky and WUKY partnered as two non-profit organizations, for the second year in a row to host the Bluegrass Mud Run. The Bluegrass Mud Run is an event that the community can participate in. The course is 5K in distance and has 17 obstacles to negotiate. The obstacles range from a dumpster dive full of ice water to navigating through large mud pits. This large scale event gives our Cadets leadership opportunities, raises money, and gives the Wildcat Battalion pride in providing an enjoyable, but challenging event for the community. This year’s Mud run had over 300 participants and helped raise close to $8,000 dollars for the Cadets. This money will be used to support, train, and educate our future leaders in Today’s Army.
Every year, the Wildcat Battalion hosts a Mentorship Breakfast for the Cadets in order to help them develop their leadership skills. This year, we were honored to have retired Navy Senior Chief Petty Officer and the fifth amputee in Navy history to remain on active duty, Mr. Scott Arias.
Mr. Arias spoke about resiliency and the rewards that follow overcoming life’s obstacles. He used his life story as the backdrop for an amazing discussion with our Cadets. His inspiring story was well-received and will have a positive impact on our Cadets for years to come. Look for the future publication, Pick Up Your Mat and Walk, by Mr. Arias to learn more about his personal story of success through adversity.
Each semester, the Wildcat Battalion and the Flying Wildcats partner with the College of Arts and Sciences to host a 5K run around UK's campus. This fall the weather was a bit chilly, but we still had a great turn out.