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Overview

Contact / Hours:

Race Office

BLDG 1253 – Box 555020
(760) 725-RACE (7223)
race@usmc-mccs.org


Overview:

The Hard Corps Race Series offers numerous competitive races and family fitness events throughout the year explicitly for Camp Pendleton Active Duty, their Dependents, Retirees, and other authorized base patrons. Many family events are free and all races are extremely affordable as they are offered with a minimal registration fee. Events include Dog Walks, Trail Runs, multiple Holiday Themed Walks and Runs, water sports, and a virtual run celebrating the Marine Corps Birthday.

Each event also offers the opportunity for Marines and Sailors to volunteer and raise money for their Unit and Family Readiness Funds and receive a Letter of Appreciation.

Events

Halloween Trick or Treat Car Parade – OCTOBER 29
Old Naval Hospital on Santa Margarita Road (NOT at Lake O’Neill)

It’s spooky time! Dress up in your Halloween costume and join us for a haunted drive-thru car parade with ghostly music and lit decorations along the route. The parade will include witches, skeletons, bats, ghosts, pirates, and pumpkin lit decor along with Halloween-themed music.

Decorate your car for extra fun!

WHO
Active Duty and Base Patron families welcome, valid ID card required upon check-in.

The general public, sponsored visitors, contractors, and other non-base patrons with DBIDS cards or visitor passes, are not eligible to race. Unfortunately, at this time, patrons with Veteran Health ID Cards are also not eligible to participate in Hard Corps Race Series events.

FEES
This is a FREE haunted event!
SCHEDULE
6:00pm-8:15pm – Car parade route open, start your parade anytime!
8:30pm – Parade route closes.
REGISTRATION
No pre-registration necessary.
GOODY BAG
All kids will receive a goody bag filled with candy, toys, and more at the end of the parade route.
MAP
HCRS: Map of Trick or Treat Parade
RULES

  • Please remain in your car while driving the parade route and to receive your goody bags.
  • Event is held rain or shine (unless deemed unsafe).
  • Pendleton Races has the right to modify the course if necessary for safety.
  • Please start your parade no later than 8:15pm. Parade route closes at 8:30pm.
  • NOTE: Sunset is at 6pm, last light at 6:25pm.

DIRECTIONS
Main Gate
I-5 Northbound
Take the Camp Pendleton exit.

I-5 Southbound
Take the Camp Pendleton/Harbor Drive exit and turn left.
Enter the main gate and continue on Vandergrift for approximately 8 miles.
Turn left at Santa Margarita Road.
Follow the “Event” signs on Santa Margarita Road (all the way to the very end).
Semper Fit staff and Marine volunteers will direct you to the parade route.

San Luis Rey Gate
Enter the Gate and proceed approximately 4 miles on Vandergrift.
Turn right at Santa Margarita Road.
Follow the “Event” signs on Santa Margarita Road (all the way to the very end).
Semper Fit staff and Marine volunteers will direct you to the parade route.

O’Neill Housing
Outbound traffic on Sequoia Street to the Old Naval Hospital will be closed.

Alternate route to Car Parade as follows:
Take Sequoia Street to De Luz Road.
Turn right on De Luz Road to Vandergrift Road.
Turn right on Vandergrift Road and then right at Santa Margarita Road.
Follow the “Event” signs on Santa Margarita Road (all the way to the very end).
Semper Fit staff and Marine volunteers will direct you to the parade route.

Stay connected and share your Halloween Trick or Treat Car Parade with us.
@hcrscp | @semperfitcp

Online Registration opens May 15th at 9:00am

Fri, October 29: 6:00pm at O’Neill Field/Santa Margarita Road

Tun Tavern Ten
Virtual 10K or 10-mile run

Complete your race anytime in November and honor the 246th Marine Corps birthday!

WHO
Open to everyone.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
Celebrate the 246th Marine Corps Birthday by running either a 10K or 10-mile race anytime during the month of November. Your finisher medal and t-shirt will be mailed to you the first week of December. Link up with us via Facebook or Instagram @hcrscp and @semperfitcp to post your photos and let us know where you are running! Thank you for supporting your Marine Corps.
HONOR AND COMMITMENT
You will complete your run with honor and commitment. Please ## your photos on social media with #iamsemperfit
VIRTUAL RUN
This allows you to complete your distance at a location of your choosing, and you can run anytime you’d like (Cadence optional but highly recommended).
WHAT IS INCLUDED
For only $40 per participant:

  • Unique Tun Tavern finisher medal with bottle opener (NEW DESIGN!)
  • Tun Tavern event T-shirt
  • A chance to support America’s finest fighting force and their morale programming aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton
  • NOTE: Race packets will be mailed out 1st week of December.

FINISHER MEDAL
This momentous medal captures the iconic motif of the birth of the Marines. The date on the medal, November 10, 1775 is the birth date of the Marines. The center logo is the original Marine emblem for the Continental Marines which dates back to 1775. It depicts a fouled anchor which is indicative of the amphibious nature of the Corps; atop the anchor is the crested eagle which symbolizes a proud nation. The original eagle was a crested eagle (which is a species found throughout the world) rather than an American Bald Eagle. The eagle and anchor are placed under a semi-circle of 13 6-pointed stars which represent the 13 American Colonies. The emblem is backed by a traditional dog tag which is associated with the uniform of the Marine Corps. This medal features a bottle opener to help you celebrate with us on the Historic Birthday of the United States Marine Corps.

Online Registration opens May 15th at 9:00am

Kids Turkey Trot – NOVEMBER 20
11 Area Field at Paige Field House

Join us for a pre-Thanksgiving 1-mile Turkey Trot and get a custom Turkey Trot kids t-shirt! Make your run extra fun and come dressed up in your favorite Turkey or festive Thanksgiving attire!

WHO
Kids ages 4-12.
ENTRY FEES
$10 (includes a Turkey Trot T-shirt).
REGISTRATION
Coming soon!

  • Pre-registration required.
  • Online registration opens on November 2.

SCHEDULE
8:30am – Check-In and Venue Opens
8:30am – Start Line Opens (Run after checking in, there will be no group start)
9:00am – Start Line Closes
10:00am – Course and Venue Secured
RULES

  • Masks are required where social distancing is not possible, regardless of vaccination status. Masks optional on the course.
  • Event is held rain or shine (unless deemed unsafe).
  • Pendleton Races has the right to modify the course if necessary for safety or Parade Deck ceremonies.
  • This is a non-timed event with no awards–run for fun!
  • NOTE: Unless you feel it is necessary to escort/run with your child, we are excited to offer your kids their own run to promote independence, fitness and fun!

DIRECTIONS
Main Gate
I-5 Northbound
Take the Camp Pendleton exit.

I-5 Southbound
Take the Camp Pendleton/Harbor Drive exit and turn left.
Enter the main gate and continue on Vandergrift for approximately 10 miles.
The 11 Area Field will be on your left next to Paige Field House gym.
Turn left at 13th Street to access the Paige Field House parking lot.

San Luis Rey Gate
Enter the gate and proceed approximately 3 miles on Vandergrift.
The 11 Area Field will be on your right just past the Paige Field House gym.
Turn right at 13th Street to access the Paige Field House parking lot.

Stay connected and share your Kids Turkey Trot with us.
@hcrscp | @semperfitcp

Online Registration opens May 15th at 9:00am

Sat, November 20: 8:30am at Paige Field House

Semper Fitmas Santa & Elf Run – DECEMBER 11
ACU 5

Ho Ho Ho! Get festive and celebrate the holidays! Join us for our 4K Santa Run and get a Santa suit to wear during your run. All 1K Elf Run participants get an elf hat! The run will highlight the Navy’s iconic LCACs (Landing Craft Air Cushion) along the course and in the venue.

WHO
Open to all authorized base patrons; ID check on event day.
ENTRY FEES
4K Santa Run (Ages 9+)
Active Duty – $10
Dependent/Retirees – $20
Eligible Base Patrons – $30

1K Elf Run (Ages 4-12)
$10

REGISTRATION

  • Day-of registration may be available.

SCHEDULE
9:15am – Check-In and Venue Opens
10:00am – Elf Run Start
10:30am – Santa Run Start
11:30am – Course cut-off time
12:00pm – Venue Closes
RULES

  • Masks are required where social distancing is not possible, regardless of vaccination status.
  • Masks and Santa beards are optional on the course (please social distance).
  • Minimum age limit for Santa Run: 9 years.
  • Age limit for Elf Run: 4-12 years.
  • No headphones/earbuds.
  • Event is held rain or shine (unless deemed unsafe).
  • Pendleton Races has the right to modify the course if necessary for safety or training exercises.
  • This is a non-timed event with no awards–run for fun!

Stay connected and share your Semper Fitmas Santa & Elf Run with us.
@hcrscp | @semperfitcp

Online registration opens November 9th at 9:00am

Sat, December 11: 10:00am at ACU 5

Shamrock Stampede

Tap into the luck of the Irish at the Marine Corps Air Station Camp Pendleton! Run to your pot of gold and celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a 10K, 5K, or Kids 2K Run at the air station run way. This event features vehicle displays, finisher medals, a limited number of Shamrock Stampede t-shirts, music, and more.

Distances: 10K, 5K, and 2K

SEE YOU IN MARCH 2022!

Hard Corps Race Series: Shamrock Stampede

Heartbreak Ridge Run

Join us for this iconic trail run held at the home of the 11th Marines on Camp Pendleton. The race offers multiple distance choices including a half marathon, 10K, and 5K. Set your goal to summit and conquer the famous Heartbreak Ridge Hill!

Distances: Half-Marathon, 10K, and 5K

SEE YOU IN APRIL 2022!

Heartbreak Ridge runner.

Amphibious Assault Cove Swim

Grab your suit and join us for a summer swim challenge in the harbor of Del Mar Beach Resort with a start/finish at Kid’s Cove. Choose your distance and conquer the course of your choice!

Distances: ½-Mile and 1-Mile

SEE YOU IN JULY 2022!

Amphibious Assault Swimmer

Buffalo Alley

Join us for a trail run in the northwestern foothills of Camp Pendleton. You may even get lucky with a bison sighting!

Distance: 10K

SEE YOU IN OCTOBER 2022!

Buffalo Alley Marines
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