Out of an abundance of caution for public safety, precautionary measures are being taken to ensure the health and well-being of all Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego (MCRDSD) personnel, recruit population, families and our communities. As a result, MCRDSD will be cancelling the 2020 Boot Camp Challenge.

There are no known cases of COVID-19 here at MCRD San Diego, and we must remain cautious and focused on the public’s safety while continuing to make Marines. We apologize for any inconvenience, but these measures have been put in place with everyone’s best interests in mind. Thank you for your understanding.

Refunds will be issued in the upcoming weeks to all Challengers who have already registered.

Do you have what it takes to be a Marine?

The boot Camp Challenge
Obstacle Course Race

Marine demonstrating an obstacle in the Boot Camp Challenge

What Is the Boot Camp Challenge?

Prepare yourself for San Diego’s toughest obstacle course race, with 20 obstacles used by United States Marine Corps Recruits.

The Boot Camp Challenge consists of a 4.6 mile course aboard the famous Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego where Marines are made. 

To ensure you stay highly motivated, Marine Corps Drill Instructors await throughout the course ensuring you complete the obstacles and challenges along the way. 

Choose Your Race

“The [Platoon Experience] was a love/hate relationship. I hated it while I was doing it, but loved it when we completed it. And Yes, I signed up again this year.”
– Dana
Man competing in obstacle course race

The Obstacle Course

This 4.6 mile obstacle course race will test your speed, strength, and mental fortitude. 

You’ll conquer 20 REAL obstacles utilized by Marine Corps recruits throughout the course, including wall climbs, log hurdles, tunnel crawls, cargo net climbs, rope climbs, ammo can lifts, sandbags, and more.

Each obstacle will test your endurance and determination to see if you have what it takes to be a Marine. 

Frequently Asked Questions

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
Request for category changes must be made no later than April 28. Contact
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.