MARINE CORPS AIR STATION BEAUFORT, SC -- One of the toughest endurance races in the nation is returning to The Citadel, in Charleston, S.C., for the eighth year on April 17.The Bulldog Challenge is a seven-mile, four-person team competition that combines more than a dozen physical and metal challenges, geared to push participants to their limits, according to Staff Sgt. Darrell H. Brown, vice president of the Semper Fi Society and event race coordinator.“The events include a firemen’s carry, team pull ups, an obstacle course and more,” Brown said. “These events are near and dear to Marines.”Although the events are similar to military training exercises, the event is open to all individuals, 18-years or older, including those in law enforcement agencies and fire departments and service members from all military branches.“Last year we had more than 200 participants,” Brown continued. “This year we expect more than 300 participants.”People come from around the nation to participate in the Bulldog Challenge, according to Brown. Students from Texas A&M in College Station, Texas, and Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind., travel to participate in the event along with several other colleges and national organizations.“It was excellent last year,” Brown said. “It was very professionally organized and executed. We hope to do the same this year.”To improve the Bulldog Challenge, the distance for the course has lengthened and the number of challenge stations has increased.“It’s awesome,” said Sgt. Raymond J. Andresen, aviation support equipment, Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 31, and participant of last year’s Bulldog Challenge. “It gives Marines something to do besides sitting around in their barracks. Also, the money goes to charity.”Last year, proceeds from the challenge went to the Ronald McDonald House, and this year money will be donated to the Childers and Sammis Memorial Funds. Marine 1st Lt. Therrel Shane Childers and Marine Capt. Benjamin W. Sammis were Citadel alumni who died supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.“We need people to start sending in applications so we can move on to our next phase of planning,” Brown said. “People shouldn’t wait until the last minute. It would be extremely beneficial if we could get applications early.”People interested in participating in this year’s Bulldog Challenge should register before April 1. The entry fee is $15 per person, which includes a free lunch and a complimentary T-shirt for those who register before March 25.For more information go to www.citadel.edu/nrotc/semperfi/ or contact Darrel H. Brown at email@example.com.