Recon Ruck

The Recon Ruck challenges participants to cover 12K through Quantico's hills, trails and roadways. Happening on the same day as the Belleau Wood 8K and Quantico 12K, the Recon Ruck presents a new way for motivated individuals to participate in the MCM Event Series.

Event Day Safety

To prioritize the health and safety of the MCM running community and staff, we’re taking preventative measures and implementing the following safety guidelines for all in-person events to help mitigate the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

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The Recon Ruck begins and finishes near Lejeune Hall. The Recon Ruck will tour Mainside Quantico rucking on streets named after legends of the Corps- Kelton, Anderson, Catlin, McCard, Meyers, Mullin, Hawkins, Elliot and Quick. The Ruck will pass Marine Corps Base Quantico Headquarters located in Lejeune Hall. The course will traverse a series of roads and trails, through the former Argonne Hills housing area before finishing at Lejeune Hall. The 12K course is a mix of pavement, improved surfaces and trails ranging from flat to hilly terrain.

There will be 3 water points for this course. Water points will be located along the course near the following locations.

  • WP 1: Past Mile 2 close to Quantico Paintball Park
  • WP 2: Past Mile 4 close to Child care Center on Purvis Road
  • WP 3: At Mile 5.5 close to Stadium Trail

There will be no baggage area offered for this event. Participants 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.


Recon Ruck requires participants to carry a rucksack or other type backpack. The rucksack must weight 10lbs. Additional weight may be added to the pack at the discretion of the individual athlete. Weighted vests are not considered packs.

In addition, participants are required to carry a water bladder or other hydration system. It is recommended to also have a small basic first aid kit, additional socks and a cell phone. Participants should also carry any nourishment or other gear that they may require.

Packs will be weighed prior to the start and just after the finish. Packs should be compliant with the prescribed weight for the duration of the event. Additional gear may make the pack heavier than the minimum.

Participants are required to supply their own packs and weights.


The Recon Ruck will begin approximately at 6:00 a.m. near Lejeune Hall. To ensure maximum social distancing, participants will be divided into waves. Wave times will be approximately every five minutes. Wave’s times will be provided at packet pick-up with suggested arrival time.

Be sure to give yourself enough time to park and get to the Start Line.

All Recon Ruck participants must maintain a 25 minute-per-mile pace.


Once participants finish, they will receive their newly earned patch. In addition, participants will receive hospitality to include beverages and recovery snacks.

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. The VCC is closed on Saturdays so plan in advance of an MCM Event Series date to obtain the required access pass.

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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 The Clubs at Quantico. Participants 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.


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Course Map

Recon: Military term for inspecting or exploring an area. Ruck: a march or walk covering a long distance while carrying a weighted pack. Recon Ruck is held aboard Marine Corps Base Quantico.

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Keep track of important dates and times for Recon Ruck.

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Advance Prep


Minutes away from Marine Corps Base Quantico and the Recon Ruck course, dedicated to help make runners' stay unforgettable.

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Packet Pick-up

Ruckers must present the E-card at Packet Pick-up either printed out or displayed on phone to obtain the official participant bib and technical shirt.

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Overall and age-award winners will be announced at a later date for the Belleau Wood 8K and Recon Ruck.

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