The Belleau Wood 8K commemorates the Battle of Belleau Wood by sending runners on a 4.97 mile run on August 22, 2020 either virtually or 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. All finishers receive a commemorative medal.
Belleau Wood 8K participants will begin the 4.97 mile event. For two miles of hilly roadways, runners will climb John Quick Road and McCard Road. From there, runners will begin a descent along Devil Dog and Stadium Trails. Upon exiting Stadium trail, runners will continue downhill before climbing Elliot Road. A few turns on Hawkins and Anderson Ave lead runners back toward Lejeune Hall where they will cross the finish line and claim a military-inspired finisher medal.
There will be 2 water points for this course. Water points will be located along the course near the following locations.
- Past Mile 2 close to Quantico Paintball Park
- At Mile 5.5 close to Stadium Trail
There will be no baggage area offered for this event. Runners are encouraged to store any gear in their cars. We recommend that all participants arrive with plenty of time to spare, so you can drop off any baggage at your vehicle and prepare yourself for running.
The Belleau Wood 8K will begin approximately at 6:30 a.m. near Lejeune Hall. To ensure maximum social distancing, runner will be divided into waves. Wave times will be approximately every five minutes. 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.
Special gold challenge coins will be presented to the Belleau Wood 8K top three male and female finishers. First place silver coin awards in age groups. Awards will be distributed after finisher data has been verified.
New! 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. The VCC is closed on Saturdays so plan in advance of an 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 behind Lejeune Hall in the overflow lot, Facilities Maintenance Section (FMS) and the The Clubs at Quantico. Runners may not park in the lot in the Crossroads Inn on Russell Road.
- Lejeune Parking Lot - Use 3242 Catlin Avenue, Quantico, VA 22134 for map directions.
- FMS Parking Lot - Use 3252 Barnett Avenue, Quantico, VA 22134 for map directions.
- Clubs of Quantico Parking Lot - Use 3017 Russell Road, Quantico, VA 22134 for map directions.
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.