SAN DIEGO — Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego will host its annual Boot Camp Challenge this weekend for the 21st year.
The event to celebrate “100 years of making Marines” will be held Saturday and is open to the community.
Runners will get a chance to take on the same obstacles Marine Corps recruits are trained on: trenches, log hurdles, tunnel crawls, push-up stations and a six-foot wall. Throughout the 3-mile race, over 60 Marine drill instructors will be on standby to encourage and motivate.
Interested runners have through 11:55 p.m. Wednesday to register on bootcampchallenge.com. One thousand participants have already signed up, according to MCRD.
Anyone over the age of 14 can participate. More than 1,000 runners have signed-up including an 80-year-old
Following the opening ceremony at 8:30 a.m., the race will begin at 9 a.m.
“Participants will run in waves, starting with the individual categories then 3-person teams,” MCRD says.
The top three participants in each category will take home awards, and all participants will get a T-shirt.
FOX 5’s Megan Healy took on the challenge ahead of the event to experience the day of training for Marine Corps. recruit.
“Really all it is, is to build the recruits confidence as they are going through it because if you look at it, a lot of the obstacles they look challenging, but it’s mostly a mental thing,” said MCRD San Diego drill instructor Staff Srgt. Mollie said.
“It’s going to be a high-energy huge adrenaline rush and it’s going to be filled with obstacles like the log tunnels, crawling through dirt and the six-foot wall,” Mollie said.
You might remember Private First-Class Bruno, he’s going to be at the event celebrating his first birthday and cheering on the participants.
This year is a special year for the event as MCRD San Diego celebrates 100 years of recruit training.
Mollie encourages participants to start hydrating and stretching to make sure you can be as prepared as possible.