The Boot Camp Challenge consists of a 4.6 mile course aboard the famous Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego where Marines are made! Prepare yourself for 19 obstacles and challenges you will have to overcome used by United States Marine Corps Recruits. Some of these obstacles will include wall climbs, log hurdles, tunnel crawls, cargo net climbs, rope climbs, ammo can lifts, sandbags and more. To ensure you stay highly motivated, Marine Corps Drill Instructors await throughout the course ensuring you complete the obstacles and challenges along the way. The Boot Camp Challenge accepts all participants from beginners to the most experienced obstacle course racers. Are you ready for the Challenge?

Expect to be challenged! We promise that you will be surprised with everything the Boot  Camp Challenge will ask of you. Marines lead from the front and will never ask you to do anything we haven’t done ourselves. This race will test your speed, strength and mental fortitude. You’ll conquer REAL obstacles utilized by Marine Corps recruits throughout the course. Each obstacle will test your endurance and determination to see if you have what it takes to be a Marine.

We will have different categories to challenge all levels of fitness and experience. You can compete for time and awards in the competitive category, or you can take the challenge at your own pace and have fun by yourself or with your friends in the open category. You can also take part in the Platoon Experience where you will have a once in a lifetime opportunity to be part of a platoon and be accompanied by Drill Instructors while building camaraderie and conquering the course.

  • Family friendly activities
  • Music
  • Kids Obstacle Course
  • Military Static Displays
  • Vendor Fair

Just like the title of Marine is earned and never given, Boot  Camp Challengers will have to earn this stuff. No “everyone gets a medal” at the Depot! Whether you’re Competitive, Open or in the Platoon Experience, You must conquer a 4.6 mile obstacle course with motivated Drill Instructors and lots of sweat to earn it. We expect you to test yourself and give 100% at all times. But when you cross the finish line, you will be greeted with OOHRAHs, high fives, congratulations and some cool gear. You’ll receive a Boot Camp Challenge finisher shirt, a Boot Camp Challenge finisher medal, and course performance statistics.


THE Boot camp challenge is proudly brought to you by the following sponsors:
For more information and to sponsor, call: 858.577.1696


The Race will begin at 9 a.m. Day-of registration  opens at 7 a.m. After the race, join us for our post-race festivities and award ceremony beginning around 11 a.m.

Participants will conquer the obstacles and challenges at their own pace. A penalty will be applied for failure to complete selected obstacles. This category is for those that wish to experience the Challenge while having fun, building camaraderie by helping other participants, and feeling proud for accomplishing a challenging event.

Participants are required to complete all obstacles and challenges before proceeding to the next obstacle. A penalty will be applied for failure to complete an obstacle. Awards for Individual Male and Individual Female will go to the top 3 finishers in the following age groups:

  • 15 – 19
  • 20 – 29
  • 30 – 39
  • 40 – 49
  • 50 – 59
  • 60+
The Platoon Experience is SOLD OUT as of April 17th. Thank you!

The “Platoon Experience” is a unique opportunity to run the Boot Camp Challenge like never before. You’ll be placed in a platoon of 30 participants and run the course together. As a platoon, you’ll meet the challenges of the course, conquer the obstacles and finish together. Marines never leave a Marine behind! To enhance this experience, there will be two Drill Instructors assigned to your platoon. They will encourage, motivate and guide the platoon to the finish. You will select this experience if you are registering as an Individual or VIP Individual participant ONLY.

Awards will be give to the top 3 Males & top 3 Females in the following Individual Competitive Categories:

• 15 – 19

• 20 – 29

• 30 – 39

• 40 – 49

• 50 – 59

• 60+


You must be at least 15 years old on race day to participate.

All of the proceeds from Boot Camp Challenge go to Marine Corps Community Services (MCCS), which supports Marines and their families by providing morale, welfare, and recreational programming.

In order to receive your packets in the mail, you or your entire team must register by April 28. The packet includes your race numbers and course information. 

Yes, gear check will be available at the Bag Check Area. Plastic bags will be provided and all belongings must fit inside the bag. We discourage bringing any valuables to the race.


Your entry fee is non-refundable but your bib number can be transferred to another participant at no additional cost. If you have any questions, please email bootcampchallenge@usmc-mccs.org.

Request for category changes must be made no later than May 8th.

Contact bootcampchallenge@usmc-mccs.org

No, baby strollers, jogging strollers, and children under the age of 15 are not permitted on the course. However, they are welcome in the expo spectator areas.

Though we love animals, dogs or pets of any kind are not allowed on the race course or venue.

Official race results will be posted one business day after the race.

Please send an email to bootcampchallenge@usmc-mccs.org.


Please email all questions to bootcampchallenge@usmc-mccs.org

3800 Chosin Avenue Bldg. 5 West

San Diego, CA 92140-5196