The Belleau Wood 8K marks the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Belleau Wood by sending runners on a 4.97 mile run through the hills, trails and trees of Marine Corps Base Quantico. Run in the spirit of the Marines whose tenacity and ferocious spirit earned battle victories and spurred the French Army to recognize Belleau Wood, as the "Bois de la Brigade de Marine" or "The Wood of the Marine Brigade." All participants receive a technical short sleeve shirt and a special edition bib. Finishers will be rewarded with a limited edition commemorative coin.
Belleau Wood 8K participants will begin the 4.97 mile event 6:45 a.m. on the track in Butler Stadium. For three miles of hilly roadways, runners will climb Elliott Avenue and McCard Road. The final two miles will have runners tackling the aptly named Devil Dog Trail, slaloming the curves of Bobsled Trail, and racing through Stadium Trail. A few final turns on McCard Rd and Anderson Ave lead runners back into Butler Stadium where they will cross the finish line and claim a military-inspired finisher coin.
WP A: Mile 1.75, McCard Road at Electric Trail
WP B: Mile 2.5, McCard Road at Osborn Street
WP C: Mile 4, Stadium Trail at Powerline Right of Way
There will be two medical aid stations on event day. One at Butler Stadium and one on course.
- AS On Course: Mile 4, Stadium Trail at Powerline Right of Way
- AS S/F: Start/Finish at Butler Stadium
Runners may participate in the Belleau Wood 8K hydration packs. All runner and spectator bags brought to the event site will be subject to search.
Runners should use the clear plastic bag provided at Packet Pick-up to store personal items on event day. Check the bag at the Baggage Area near the MCM info tent on event day, located above the Belleau Wood 8K start line at the HITT Center, and retrieve baggage from the same location after a successful finish.
The Belleau Wood 8K begins at 6:45 a.m. on the track in Butler Stadium. Run Amuck, the mud and obstacle event, will begin after the Belleau Wood 8K at 7:15 a.m. Runners may participate in both events.
All participants will receive hospitality to include beverages and recovery snacks. Those ages 21 and over will have earned a cold brew courtesy of Michelob Ultra to be enjoyed while visiting the Finish Festival booths and activities.
Parking is available in multiple locations near the start and finish line in the center of the Base. Signs direct participants to these lots from both exit 148 and 150 off I95. Runners may not park in the lot in the Crossroads Inn on Russell Road.
Lejeune Parking Lot - Follow Traffic Circle around (Road becomes Barnett Avenue. Turn left at stop light on Catlin Avenue.
MCCS Semper Fit Headquarters - Follow Traffic Circle around and turn left at stop light on Catlin Avenue.
Newlin Hall - Follow Traffic Circle around and turn left on Catlin Avenue at the stoplight. Entrance on the left.
Naval Health Clinic Quantico - Follow Traffic Circle around and turn left on Catlin Avenue at the stoplight. Entrance on the left.
Gravel Lot - Follow Traffic Circle around and turn left on Catlin Avenue at the stoplight. Entrance on the on the right off Anderson Avenue.
From I-95 South - take Exit 148. Turn left on Russell Road. Proceed 1 mile to gate. Continue 2.5 miles to parking and event area.
From I-95 North- take exit 148. Turn right onto Russell Road. Proceed 3/4 mile to gate. Continue 2.5 miles to parking and event area.
Friends and family members are welcome and encouraged to cheer their runner. Spectators have four opportunities to see their Belleau Wood 8K runners, all conveniently located near Butler Stadium. After viewing the runner cross the start line, spectators should exit the rear of the stadium near the bleachers. At John Quick Avenue, spectators will see their runners near Mile 1 and again as runners exit Stadium Trail onto John Quick Avenue. Spectators should then return to Butler Stadium as runners approach the finish line.