4.97 Facts about the Belleau Wood 8K
In 2017, the MCM Organization honored the 100th anniversary of the Marines at Quantico by hosting the Quantico 100, a one time only, 100-minute cumulative running event.
In 2018, the Marine Corps will commemorate a battle that occurred a century ago in a wooded area outside Paris. Accordingly, the MCM will unveil a new running event.
Here are 4.97 facts runners need to know about the new Belleau Wood 8K.
1- Origin of nickname "Devil Dogs." In a wooded area outside Paris known as Belleau Wood, a three-week battle with the Germans in June 1918 would prove to be a defining moment for the U.S. Marine Corps. It was here during WWI that the Marines earned the nickname "Teufel Hunden" or "Devil Dogs.”
2- Return to the woods. Runners will attack the course featuring the trails and hills of Quantico before emerging with the same fire and determination as the Marines did a century ago at Belleau Wood. All finishers earn a commemorative challenge coin.
3- Registration opens on February 28. Runners may register for this special event for $45. Those runners between ages of 7-17 can enjoy a 40 percent discount as part of the Next Generation Inspiration Initiative. The field is limited to 800 participants. The Belleau Wood 8K is a qualifier for the Distinguished Participant medal.
4- Hosted on same day as Run Amuck. The Belleau Wood 8K will start at 6:45 a.m. near Butler Stadium on Marine Corps Base Quantico. Following the 8K start, Run Amuck, the three mile, mud and obstacle challenge run, launches at 7:00 a.m. and continues with waves of runners every 20 minutes through 9:20 a.m. It is possible for 8K runners to participate in both events by signing up for one of the later Run Amuck waves.
and .97- How far is an 8K? The 8K distance is the equivalent of 4.97 miles.