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Contact / Hours:

Race Office

BLDG 1253 – Box 555020
(760) 725-RACE (7223)


The Hard Corps Race Series offers numerous competitive races and family fitness events throughout the year explicitly for Camp Pendleton Active Duty, their Dependents, Retirees, and other authorized base patrons. Many family events are free and all races are extremely affordable as they are offered with a minimal registration fee. Events include Dog Walks, Trail Runs, multiple Holiday Themed Walks and Runs, water sports, and a virtual run celebrating the Marine Corps Birthday.

Each event also offers the opportunity for Marines and Sailors to volunteer and raise money for their Unit and Family Readiness Funds and receive a Letter of Appreciation.


SF: HCRS Zero Dark Dirty

Zero Dark Dirty – JANUARY 21
Lake O’Neill

Assemble for Zero Dark Dirty and test your skills. The course offers various obstacles and the challenge of running at night.

Active duty and base patrons.
An active duty ID card, dependent ID Card, retiree ID card, DOD-authorized ID card, or a CAC card must be presented when checking in yourself and your child.

The general public, sponsored visitors, contractors, and other non-base patrons with DBIDs cards or vistor passes are not eligible to race. Unfortunately, at this time patrons with Veteran Health ID cards are also not eligible to participate in Hard Corps Race Series events.


Active Duty – $15
Dependent/Retirees – $25
Eligible Base Patrons – $35

T-Shirts: $10 Limited quantities and sizes available.
Headlamps (REQUIRED): $5 online, $10 day-of purchase, or bring your own.


  • Online registration closes Jan 19th at midnight.
  • Online and day-of registration available.
  • Age limit 13+

5:00pm – Check-In and Venue Opens
6:00pm – Start Time
All runners will receive a “Grab n’ Go” goody bag as they finish the run filled with sponsor items and a finisher medal.

  • If you cannot social distance, masks are required in the parking area, venue, and along the trail regardless of vaccination status.
  • Event is held rain or shine (unless deemed unsafe).
  • Pendleton Races has the right to modify the course if necessary for safety or training exercises.
  • Course closes at 7:30pm.

Main Gate
I-5 Northbound
Take the Camp Pendleton exit.

I-5 Southbound
Take the Camp Pendleton/Harbor Drive exit and turn left.
Enter the main gate and continue on Vandergrift for approximately 8 miles.
Turn left at Santa Margarita Road.
Turn right at Lake O’Neill Road and follow event signs to parking area.

San Luis Rey Gate
Enter the gate and proceed approximately 4 miles on Vandergrift.
Turn right at Santa Margarita Road.
Turn right at Lake O’Neill Road and follow event signs to parking area.

Stay connected and share your Zero Dark Dirty experience with us.
@hcrscp | @semperfitcp

Online registration opens November 9th at 9:00am

Fri, Jan 21: 6:00pm at Lake O’Neill

Tails ‘n Trails Dog Walk


War Dog Memorial: See you in February 2022!

Shamrock Stampede

Tap into the luck of the Irish at the Marine Corps Air Station Camp Pendleton! Run to your pot of gold and celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a 10K, 5K, or Kids 2K Run at the air station run way. This event features vehicle displays, finisher medals, a limited number of Shamrock Stampede t-shirts, music, and more.

Distances: 10K, 5K, and 2K

SEE YOU MARCH 19, 2022!

Hard Corps Race Series: Shamrock Stampede

Heartbreak Ridge Run

Join us for this iconic trail run held at the home of the 11th Marines on Camp Pendleton. The race offers multiple distance choices including a half marathon, 10K, and 5K. Set your goal to summit and conquer the famous Heartbreak Ridge Hill!

Distances: Half-Marathon, 10K, and 5K

SEE YOU APRIL 23, 2022!

Heartbreak Ridge runner.

Amphibious Assault Cove Swim

Grab your suit and join us for a summer swim challenge in the harbor of Del Mar Beach Resort with a start/finish at Kid’s Cove. Choose your distance and conquer the course of your choice!

Distances: ½-Mile and 1-Mile

SEE YOU JULY 23, 2022!

Amphibious Assault Swimmer

2-Person Kayak Challenge

Grab your water attire and join us for a summer kayak challenge in the harbor of Del Mar Beach Resort with a start/finish at Pebble Beach. Kayaks, paddles, and safety gear are all provided. Prizes for top 3 fastest times in each category.

Open (18+): Male, Female, Co-ed
Junior (13-17): Male, Female, Co-ed
Junior Family (13-17 with adult 18+)
Kid Family (9-12 with adult 18+)

Distance: 1K

SEE YOU AUGUST 20, 2022!

Two males kayaking on a tandem kayak.

Buffalo Alley

Join us for a trail run in the northwestern foothills of Camp Pendleton. You may even get lucky with a bison sighting!

Distance: 10K


Buffalo Alley Marines

Trick-or-Treat Trail Walk

Dress up in your Halloween costume and join us for a haunted trail walk with ghostly music and lit decorations along the route.


Halloween inflatables.

Kids Turkey Trot

Gobble Gobble! Join us for a pre-Thanksgiving 1-mile Turkey Trot and receive a custom Turkey Trot kids t-shirt! Make your run extra fun and come dressed up in your favorite turkey or festive Thanksgiving attire!


SF: HCRS Kids Turkey Trot

Semper Fitmas Santa and Elf Run

Ho Ho Ho! Join us for our 4K Santa Run and get a Santa suit to wear during your run. All 1K Elf Run participants get an elf hat!


SF: HCRS Santa Run
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