8:30 am wave starts – 43 Area Las Pulgas – Camp Pendleton

The Heartbreak Ridge Half Marathon is a 13.1 mile off-road course.

Tech shirts for all participants. Chip timing.
FREE Kids 1K Fun Run – finisher medals to all kids!


COURSE: 13.1-mile course, 90% gravel off-road through the breathtaking rolling hills of Camp Pendleton in the 43 area. Course is on packed fire-roads. This race draws over 1,000 runners who compete for awards in 50 categories. This course offers a little bit of everything – it’s an out and back course, including rolling hills and some flat and fast stretches intermixed throughout. Course support is plentiful with water/electrolyte replacement and medical aid stations throughout.

SCHEDULE: Day of race registration opens at 6:30 a.m. Half Marathon race starts at 8:30 am – wave starts for safety on the course. 8:05 am start for the Free Kids 1K Fun Run for ages 14 & under. Finisher medals to all in the 1K non-timed event. T-shirt pickup will be after the event.

ENTRY FEES: CIVILIANS: $45 on or before August 31st, $50 after August 31st or on race day. ACTIVE-DUTY MILITARY (not stationed at Camp Pendleton): $35. MAKE CHECKS PAYABLE TO: MCCS Fund 0140. Entry fees are non-refundable and non-transferable.

DEADLINES: Mail-in deadline – August 31st, online registration deadline – September 5th. Register by August 31st to receive your race number and confirmation by mail, free of charge. Note: if you live aboard Camp Pendleton or out of state, race numbers will not be mailed out – you may pick up your numbers on race morning.

FREE to active-duty stationed at Camp Pendleton – click here for details about how to register in person at the MCCS office.

RULES: Minimum age for participating is 13 years old in the half marathon. Events are held rain or shine. Entries are non-refundable and non-transferable. Sorry, no dogs, strollers or baby joggers on the course. Headphones and ear buds are prohibited during the event (base rules). Liability waiver must be signed by all participants on race morning. Please note: there is a 3 hour time limit on the completion of the course.

DIRECTIONS: From I-5, exit Las Pulgas and follow “RACE EVENT” signs to the race site. Bring a valid driver’s license, proof of insurance, and vehicle registration. Allow 30 minutes from the base gate to the race site. When aboard the base, please follow all posted speed limits.

CATEGORIES: Military and Civilian Divisions offer categories for Age Group, Clydesdale (male 200 lbs.+), Athena (female 160 lbs.+), and Challenged Athlete. Age groups are 13-19 (18-24 military), 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54 (50+ military), 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79 and 80+.

RESULTS, AWARDS, POINTS & PHOTOS: 11:00 am awards ceremony for the top 3 overall males and females. Awards pickup for age group winners will take place throughout the morning. Awards given to the top 3 overall finishers as well as to the top 3 in each division. Points for the 2012 MARSOC Hard Corps® Race Series awarded to the top 10 overall males and females in both military and civilian categories. For Camp Pendleton active-duty, points go towards the Pendleton Cup. Results also posted at 3:00 pm on race day; photos posted the week following the event at www.brightroom.com.

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