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05 / 2019 article

Bridgepoint Education Supports U.S. Servicemembers at Camp Pendleton Mud Run


Bridgepoint Education (NYSE:BPI), a provider of postsecondary education services, was a proud participant in the world-famous Camp Pendleton Mud Run on Saturday, June 6. The annual event raises money for the Marine Corps Community Services, which funds quality-of-life programs for members of the U.S. armed forces and their families.

Bridgepoint Education fielded a team of five competitors who took part in the grueling Mud Run. The members of “Team BPI” were chief executive officer Andrew Clark, senior vice president/chief admissions officer Chris Spohn, senior vice president/chief information officer Tom Ashbrook, senior software developer Ben Sullins and board member Ryan Craig.

The Mud Run, held at Lake O’Neill on the Camp Pendleton Marine Base in north San Diego County, covers a 10-kilometer course designed to test the strength and endurance of participants. The course features hills, tire obstacles, river crossings, two five-foot walls, a tunnel crawl, a slippery hill climb and one final 30-foot mud pit. All members of each five-person team must complete the course together under the two-hour time limit.

Team BPI excelled at the Mud Run, finishing the course in one hour and seven minutes. That result placed the team fourth in the corporate team division and 22nd among all teams. This was the second consecutive year that Bridgepoint Education fielded a team for the Mud Run. Team BPI shaved three minutes off of their time from last year’s race.

“All of us on Team BPI had a great time participating in the Mud Run,” said Ashbrook. “But the best part of the experience was knowing that we were helping to give back to our troops and their families who sacrifice so much to serve our country.”

The Camp Pendleton Mud Run has become a popular event in San Diego. All entry slots into the race were filled back in January, shortly after registration opened. In total, more than 5,000 competitors took part in the Mud Run this year. The Mud Run is just one of several athletic competitions held at Camp Pendleton and open to the public. Collectively known as the Hard Corps Race Series, the competitions all raise money for the Marine Corps Community Services.

About Bridgepoint Education

Bridgepoint Education’s postsecondary education services focus on offering associate's, bachelor's, master's and doctoral programs in such disciplines as business, education, psychology, social sciences and health sciences. Bridgepoint Education’s regionally accredited academic institutions – Ashford University and University of the Rockies – deliver their programs online as well as at traditional campuses located in Clinton, Iowa, and Colorado Springs, Colorado and are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools ( For more information about Bridgepoint Education, visit or call Shari Rodriguez, director of Public Relations at 858.668.2580.

About Camp Pendleton Hard Corps Race Series

For the past 11 years, the Camp Pendleton Hard Corps Race Series has worked to raise money to support quality-of-life programs for our Marines, Sailors and their families by inspiring and challenging its participants through a series of demanding and taxing races. This race series brings people together through the exhilarating battle to become Southern California’s Top All-Around Athlete within four respective divisions. For more information, call 760.725.6836 or visit