May 18, 2020

MCM Event Series Lineup Receive a Shakeup

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The Belleau Wood 8K and Recon Ruck, events originally planned for June 20, will occur alongside the Quantico 12K on August 22 with corresponding virtual options. Run Amuck will become a do-it-yourself (DIY), virtual-only experience, while the Quantico Tri will be removed from the event schedule and be replaced by a new virtual option.

“Marines know about accomplishing the mission in every clime and place and that’s the opportunity presented to our runners,” said Rick Nealis, director of the MCM Organization. “Whether they’re running with the Marines in August or being their own race director, it’s inspiring to see their results. I am proud that we are able to bring the spirit of the United States Marine Corps right to their doorsteps.”

Participants may run a 4.97 mile course in the Belleau Wood 8K; enjoy a 7.46 mile run in the Quantico 12K; or trek through Marine Corps Base Quantico for the same 12K distance while wearing a weighted pack of 10lbs or more in Recon Ruck. In addition to the live versions of these events on August 22, virtual options will be available.

The popular Run Amuck will become a virtual-only, choose-your-own adventure event with a checklist of fitness challenges, scavenger hunt adventures and DIY possibilities. Runners will complete four categories for the experience:

  1. Run 3.5 miles while completing the following challenges
  2. Discover – Scavenger Hunt through neighborhood completing a series of tasks with photos for proof.
  3. Exercise – Selecting PT exercises from the Marines Daily Dozen
  4. Water/Mud – Creating a water or mud obstacle: run or wade through a creek, a sprinkler, a pool, a hose, a hot tub or a puddle, etc.

Participants can still complete the Crossroads Challenge by running the live or virtual Belleau Wood 8K or the Recon Ruck and participating in the DIY Run Amuck.

Replacing the Quantico Triathlon is the virtual inaugural Marine Corps Duathlon. This new dual skilled event will feature a 5K run, followed by a 20.4K bike ride and end with a 5K run.

The Quantico 12K, the Belleau Wood 8K and Recon Ruck cost $45 per entry for live events. The virtual entry fee for all events is $28. The Crossroads Challenge entry fee will be determined by the mix of live and/or virtual events selected.

Registration for these events open to the public at noon ET on Wednesday, May 20, 2020 at Previously registered runners will have the option to:

  • Switch to an August 22 event on Marine Corps Base Quantico
  • Transfer to the virtual option
  • Defer the fee for credit to MCMO events through November 2021 not including the MCM or MCM50K.

Previously registered runners have until Wednesday, June 10 at 11:59 p.m. to choose one of the abovementioned options and will be emailed further instructions including a link to their personal event change form within the next 24 hours. This link is exclusive to the individual runner and may only be accessed through the email address provided by participants during registration.

All participants in both the virtual and in-person events will receive the official event shirt. Belleau Wood 8K, Quantico 12K, Crossroads Challenge and Duathlon finishers will earn a spectacular, originally designed medal. Recon Ruck finishers receive a patch and those who complete the DIY Run Amuck will be awarded a special coin.

Virtual events must be completed by August 31, 2020.

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