The Belleau Wood 8K commemorates the Battle of Belleau Wood by sending runners on a 4.97 mile run either virtually or through the hills, trails and trees of Marine Corps Base Quantico on June 19, 2021. 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. All finishers receive a commemorative medal.
Event Day Safety
To prepare for participation in live, in-person MCMO events, please note the following mitigation strategies intended to protect runners, Marines and staff:
Under new and updated guidance, runners that are fully vaccinated, and had the last shot over two weeks before event day, are no longer required to wear a mask.
For those runners not fully vaccinated, you are required to wear the mask upon arrival until starting the run then immediately after crossing the finish line. Participants may remove their masks during the run and runners may consider wearing a mask when approaching the proximity of other individuals. When wearing masks, runners are instructed to follow these guidelines:
- Masks must cover nose and mouth
- Bandanas and valved masks are not allowed
- A mask will be available at the finish line
Compliance supports the safety of all individuals at the events.
Belleau Wood 8K participants will begin the 4.97 mile event at Butler Stadium. A quick run up John Quick Rd will take the participants into the base trail system for 4 miles of rolling hills including some single track trails and challenging hills. As the participants complete the 8K on McCard Rd the course finishes in the parking lot above Butler Stadium where they will cross the finish line and claim a military-inspired finisher medal.
Runners must maintain 20-minute miles at Belleau Wood 8K.
Each Aid Station is equipped with an AED, oxygen and other medical supplies needed to care for participants along the course and at the finish.
Aid Stations are located:
- Stadium Trail Crossroads just before Mile 1 and after Mile 3.5
- Woodpecker Trail just before Mile 2 and after Mile
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, and retrieve baggage from the same location after a successful finish.
The Belleau Wood 8K will begin approximately at 9:00 a.m. at Butler Stadium. To ensure maximum social distancing, runner will be divided into waves. Wave times will be provided at packet pick-up along with suggested arrival time.
Be sure to give yourself enough time to park and get to the start line.
All participants will enjoy hospitality to include beverages and recovery snacks while visiting the Finish Festival booths and activities.
Awards to the top three overall men & women. Awards will also be given out to the top three male and female in each 10-yr age group. (<7, 10-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69 and 70+).
In accordance with Marine Corps Base Quantico (MCBQ) policy, all runners, volunteers, spectators and sponsors requiring access to the base for the MCM Event Series must have an approved ID and be registered into the Defense Biometric Identification System (DBIDS), prior to being allowed on base. All individuals, age 18 and above, who do not possess a valid Department of Defense (DoD) issued ID card (CAC - Common Access Card & TESLIN – active, retiree, dependent, reserve, individual ready reserve) must register into the Defense Biometric Identification System (DBIDS) and stop by the Visitor Control Center (VCC) to obtain a visitor pass. Passes can be obtained at the VCC up to 14 days in advance of an event. Plan in advance for any MCM Event Series date to obtain the required access pass.
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 I-95.
Primary parking will be in various parking lots within walking distance to Butler Stadium; Facilities Maintenance Section (FMS) , Firestone/Barnett Field, or Wounded Warrior. Participants may not park in the lot For Pruitt Hall/Auto Hobby Shop or the Barbers Physical Activity Center (BPAC).
- Firestone/Barnett Field Parking Lot –3141 Barnett Ave
- FMS Parking Lot - 3252 Barnett Avenue
- Wounded Warrior Parking Lot – Use 1998 Hill Ave
Please use cross walks and sidewalks when walking to Butler Stadium and when returning back to the parking lots
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 areas. Follow MCMO Event Series parking signs.
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 areas. Follow MCMO Event Series parking signs.