Quantico Crucible

The final challenge of recruit training for the United States Marine Corps is known as the Crucible – a 54-hour training exercise where recruits are broken down into squads before facing tasks that test their physical strength, skills and the values they learned throughout training. Only those who make it through this challenge are handed their Eagle, Globe and Anchors, symbolizing the completion of the grueling journey to earn the coveted title of U.S. Marine.

In honor of this important milestone, the Marine Corps Marathon Organization (MCMO) will host the Quantico Crucible 5K presented by First Command on Saturday, April 17 aboard Marine Corps Base Quantico. The Quantico Crucible will challenge participants ages 10 and up to complete multiple fitness challenges while covering the distance of a 5K.

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, the MCMO will allow participants to remove their masks during the run. Runners are required to wear masks upon arrival until starting the run and then immediately after crossing the finish line. Runners may opt to wear masks on course and 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 provided in Packet Pick-up bags
  • A mask will be available at the finish line as well
  • Spectators are not permitted at events due to attendance capacity limitations

Compliance supports the safety of all individuals at the events.

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Quantico Crucible participants will complete fitness challenges after covering a challenging 5K with a maximum 20 minute per mile rate. Participants will leave Butler Stadium left on Anderson Ave and John Quick Rd before entering Stadium Trail and Power Line Trail making their way to Devil Dog Trail to McCard Rd to connect with Doc's Run. After Doc’s Run participants will continue on Stadium and Powerline trails. After pausing at the top of Director’s hill to take in a view of the Potomac River and Maryland, participants will take the trail to Basilone Rd back to McCard Rd to return to Butler Stadium completing the Crucible 5K and begin the Physical Exercise Challenges.


There will be one water point along the course, on Stadium Trail Crossroads just before Mile 1. Participants will pass the water point again after Mile 2.


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 Quantico Crucible 5K will begin approximately at 5:00 p.m. To ensure maximum social distancing, runner will be divided into waves. Wave times will be approximately every twenty minutes with runners being released during the 20 minute window as directed by event staff. 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.


Visit the interactive Quantico Cruciblel official results including searchable finish times. The arrow next to a runner's name offers a drop-down menu providing a clickable link to share results, open an individual finisher page or access finisher certificates. Finisher certificates may be downloaded, printed or shared. Results will be available Sunday, April 18.

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Awards for the top three male and female finishers. Awards will be distributed after finisher data has been verified.

Base Access

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. Plan in advance for any MCM Event Series date to obtain the required access pass.

Special VCC hours for participants in the Quantico Crucible will be 7:30 a.m.- 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 17.

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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 Parking lots for Barnett Field or Little Hall. Participants may not park in the lot for the Barber Physical Activity Center on the Butler Avenue.

  • 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.
  • Barnett Field – 2010 Henderson Road, Quantico, VA 22134 for map directions.
  • Little Hall – 2079 Barnett Avenue, Quantico VA 22134


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.