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University of South Florida’s ROTC competes for Toughest Bull title.

All ROTC branches were encouraged to participate on April 2nd to see who would be named the Toughest Bull. The Toughest Bull is run by the Naval ROTC and the last time the competition was held was in 2008. It is only open to those who participate in ROTC, and this year there were 31 participants. The participants included Naval ROTC, Air Force ROTC and Army ROTC.

The Toughest Bull competition included the following events in order from start to finish:

  1. 40 pull ups that must be completed in a time span of 10 minutes. (Women could choose to do a flexed arm hang for 10 minutes instead of doing pull ups.)

    From left to right: Midshipman Csarankni Tomblin, Midshipman Captain Josh McColister and Midshipman Mike Stelma.

2. A run between 1.5 and 1.8 miles.

3. A 500 meter swim.

Midshipman Stelma completing his swim with a side stroke.

4. Another run between 1.5 and 1.8 miles.

5. 200 push ups.

Cadet Tanner Dieppa nearing the end of his 200 pushups.

6. Another run between 1.5 and 1.8 miles.
7.  300 sit ups.

From left to right: Midshipman Stelma and Midshipman Tomblin.

8. A  final run between 1.5 and 1.8 miles.

Participants were broken up into different groups of four or five, and each group was ten minutes apart.

Naval ROTC members who did not participate in the competition volunteered to hand out water or food, count pushups and sit ups, and keep track of the time.

Midshipman Csarankni Tomblin, a Marine option in Naval ROTC and USF senior, came in first place for the men. Staff Sergeant Altman came in first place for the women.

This year’s Toughest Bull was a trial run for the Naval ROTC, and they eventually hope to open the annual competition up to civilians.




Photos Provided by Marissa Lacarrubba


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