ABOUT BOOTCAMP CHALLENGE AND MARINE RECRUIT DEPOT, SAN DIEGO
Since Marine Corps Recruit Depot (MCRD) San Diego’s inception over one million recruits have been trained here. There is a shared belief that Marines are forged in a furnace of common hardship and tough training. This shared, intense experience creates bonds of camaraderie and standards of conduct so strong that Marines will let nothing stand in their way. Marine recruits are trained not only physically and mentally, but morally as well. Forming the bedrock of any Marine’s character are the Core Values – Honor, Courage and Commitment.
By incorporating these values into recruit training, the Marine Corps creates not just basically trained, morally conscience Marine, but also a better American citizen who will return to society following his or her service to their country. The transformation of recruits into basic Marines begins immediately upon their arrival at the receiving barracks, when each recruit first stands on the celebrated yellow footprints. During the next thirteen weeks they work harder than most ever have before to acquire the knowledge, discipline, teamwork and fitness level required of a United States Marine.
Today, MCRD San Diego provides its nation Corps with basically trained Marines to fight in the current conflicts in both Iraq and Afghanistan. The depot has the responsibility to train all male recruits who reside west of the Mississippi River to serve the call of the nation. Known for it’s unique Spanish colonial revival style appearance, the overall site and specific building plans were developed by renowned architect, Bertram Goodhue, who also designed the buildings built in San Diego’s Balboa Park, for the 1915 Panama-California Exposition.
BootCamp Challenge is a 5k/Obstacle Course race held at Marine Corps Recruit Depot (MCRD), San Diego. First started in 2002, BootCamp Challenge was created to be a way to open the doors to the community surrounding MCRD and gives them an opportunity to take part in an exciting event rich with Marine Corps tradition. BootCamp Challenge has become a staple not only aboard MCRD, but also in the community, with participants coming from not only the local area, but across the U.S. and the world.
BootCamp Challenge is the only obstacle course race that allows participants to run through the same obstacles that turn recruits into Marines. BootCamp Challenge offers civilians the unique change to experience a taste of Marine Corps boot camp. BootCamp Challenge is a high-energy, endorphin filled adrenaline rush with over 50 obstacles including tunnel crawls, log hurdles, 6ft vertical climbing wall, cargo net crawls, and push-up stations all manned by Marine Corps Drill Instructors who are there to encourage and motivate participants through the obstacles.
BootCamp Challenge is a day where the Marine Corps opens it’s doors and allows the civilian world a glimpse of the strength and endurance required to become an United States Marine.
All of the proceeds from BootCamp Challenge go to Marine Corps Community Services (MCCS), which supports Marines and their families by providing morale, welfare, and recreational programming.