• The Boot Camp Challenge is a 3-mile race on the fabled Marine Corps Recruit Training Area featuring over 60 Marine Corps Drill Instructors encouraging and motivating runners along the course
  • Engage in many of the same obstacles faced by the young men and women in their quest to become a U.S. Marine
  • Accept this invitation from MCRD San Diego to be a Marine for the day (a truly unique opportunity), using a fun race format
  • The course is designed for all fitness levels, no penalty for missed obstacles.
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Course Map – Coming Soon!

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Race Schedule

  • 6:30 a.m. – Event Entry Gate (Gate 2) opens
  • 6:30 a.m. – Race packet and t-shirt pick-up begins
  • 9:00 a.m. – Race begins in the following waves
    • Individual men
    • Individual women
    • 5-person teams
  • 12:00 p.m. – Post-race music and award ceremony
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Individual Age Categories

Age categories are as follows: 14-17, 18-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80 & above.

Five-person Team Categories

Team categories are as follows:

  • Five-person Male
  • Five-person Female
  • Five-person Co-Ed (must include at least two females or two males)
  • Corporate Teams
  • ROTC


  • Awards go to the first three places in each individual age category and each five-person team category
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Early Bird Price

(through June 30, 2022)
$35 per person
$175 per five-person team
$5 Military Discount (per active-duty military member)
*No same day registration*

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Parking information – coming soon!

Frequently Asked Questions

Saturday, October 22, 2022
  • Register online at bootcampchallenge.com or runsignup.com
  • Online registration will close on Thursday, October 20, 2022 at 11:55 p.m..
  • There is no race day registration.
  • You must be at least 14 years old on race day to participate.
  • Friday, September 30, 2022: Last day to register in order to receive race packets (race bibs and information) in the mail, free of charge. After this date, race packets will only be available for pickup on-site the morning of the race.
  • Thursday, October 13th: Online registration closes at 11:55 p.m. There is no race day registration.
  • Saturday, October 22, 2022: Race Day
  • The proceeds from the Boot Camp Challenge go to Marine Corps Community Services, which supports Marines and their families by providing morale, welfare, and recreational programming. Thank you for your support!
  • Individuals and Teams registered by Wednesday, October 5, 2022 will receive their race packets (race bibs and information) in the mail.
  • Each five-person team is required to have a team captain. Race packets for the entire team will be mailed to the team captain.
  • If you registered after Wednesday, October 5, 2022, your bib with your timing tag will be available for pick-up on race morning beginning at 6:30 a.m.
  • If you registered before Wednesday, October 5, 2022 and did not receive your packet in the mail, please see customer service on race morning.
  • Boot Camp Challenge participant shirts will be available for pick-up at the t-shirt tent on race morning. You must use the tag on your bib number to pick up your shirt. Please pick up your t-shirt prior to the race start.
  • While we will do all we can to ensure you receive the shirt size you desire, we unfortunately cannot make any guarantees.
  • Yes, gear check will be available at the free bag check area.
  • Plastic bags will be provided. We discourage bringing any valuables to the race.
  • There will be shuttles near the venue that take you approximately one mile to the main obstacle area where you can watch participants run the course.
  • There will be portable restrooms located at the event venue and along the course.
  • Your entry fee is non-refundable, but your bib number can be transferred to another participant at no additional cost. Please see our website www.bootcampchallenge.com to see how you can make a transfer to another person prior to September 30th.
  • Individuals to Team: Have all participants register online as individuals, then the team captain can email bootcampchallenge@usmc-mccs.org prior to Wednesday, October 5th with the team name (12 characters only) and each team member’s name along with the team category you wish to compete in. A Boot Camp Challenge representative will make the necessary changes.
  • Team to Individual: Team member cancelled? You can elect to run as individuals. E-mail us with your decision at bootcampchallenge@usmc-mccs.org prior to Wednesday, October 5th and we will make the changes for you.
  • Day-of Changes: Visit the Customer Service Tent for any changes that need to be made, to include team categories, substitutions, etc. The Customer Service tent opens at 6:30 a.m. the morning of the race.
  • Two water stations will be located on the race course.
  • There will be a medical tent and staff stationed throughout the venue and on the course.
  • Headphones are not prohibited, however for your safety and the safety of your fellow participants, you are highly encouraged NOT to wear headphones.
  • No, baby strollers, jogging strollers, and children under the age of 14 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 during the event at www.bootcampchallenge.com
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The Boot Camp Challenge is sponsored by:

For more information and to sponsor, call: 619-725-6334