Hometown Challenge: SMMC

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Date of Event 01.01.2024
Gather your running partners for this historical journey in celebration of the first senior enlisted advisor post created of any of the United States military branches.
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Expires on: 11/30/2026

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Authority: 10 U.S.C. 5041, Headquarters, US Marine Corps; Marine Corps Order P1700.27B, Marine Corps Community Services Policy Manual (MCCS); Marine Corps Marathon Charter effective 27 Mar 2007; and SORN MMC00010 and SORN NM01700-1.

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Tracking your rESULTS

See where you and your team are stacking up on the Leaderboard!

Want to track multiple teams? Simply follow the below instructions:

  • Go to the “Track Your Results” page
  • Click the “Course Map” tab
  • Type in your team’s name as well as any others you would like to track
  • Icons will be show up on the map displaying their progress


In 2023, the United States Marine Corps saw its 20th Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps (SMMC), SgtMaj Carlos A. Ruiz, assume the post. On January 1, 2024, runners will be challenged to travel 10,523.6 scaled miles (one mile run translates to three miles) through the hometowns of each of SMMC. This abstract loop will begin at Tun Tavern, the birthplace of the Marine Corps, and travel counterclockwise ending at the Marine Barracks Washington, the place of duty. Participants will be able to track their mileage through their haku participant account on a map. As the mileage is accumulated, individuals will receive facts about each SMMC and their hometown.

Every individual will receive a branded beanie. With each hometown reached, participants will receive an event coin that commemorates each SMMC. The first 100 registrants will receive an exclusive coin holder perfect for displaying their accomplishment.

Participants will have from January 1 to November 10, 2024, the 249th Birthday of the Marine Corps, to complete the total distance.  


Registration is now closed. Teams are capped at five individuals. Two categories will be offered, running and multisport. Open to domestic only.

Register as a team

Creating a team? Here’s how to do it:

  • Team captain will register first
  • Captain must click the box in the online form to establish and name their team
  • A private link will be created and appear in the captain’s Haku participant account
  • Captain will share this special link with team members
  • Team members will then register via this link to join the team