What started out as a simple fundraiser for the Marine Corp Ball has turned into one of the top physical fitness endurance events in the area. The 3rd annual Swamp Romp at Parris Island Marine Corps Recruit Depot drew 493 top athletes and assorted teams from around the region to help raise money. Event co-ordinator Chuck Culpepper said the first event drew 325 runners. In just two years it’s grown to nearly 500, he said in a news release. Port Royal resident Christopher Morton was the overall winner with an exhausting time of 45:12. Molly Jones of Mt. Pleasant was the first female to finish with a time of 58:16. See more photos at www.yourislandnews.com. All photos by Bob Sofaly.