ONSLOW COUNTY — Area runners can now register for a race on a local Marine Corps base, an annual tradition since 1987.
The Marine Corps Half Marathon in Camp Lejeune takes place on Sept. 16, 7 a.m. It starts and finishes at Wallace Creek Fitness Center and takes racers through different scenic areas of the base on a flat and fast course. Runners of all levels are welcome.
“What makes our race unique from other half marathons is the fact that it is held entirely aboard the installation,” Brian Crawford, Semper Fit fitness branch manager, said in a press release. “We have runners from across the United States travel to run this race. Many of whom have never been on an active installation or have interacted with Marines.”
Participants will run past the New River, Morgan Bay, and Farnell Bay. Also part of the race is the Honor Memorials, along the Paradise Point Golf Course. It serves as a remembrance to soldiers who have died in the line of duty, with a one-mile stretch featuring their photos.
The race is open to the public, with registration available here; it’s $45 to $80, with early-bird discounts applicable. Credentials are required to enter the base and those who don’t have access will be vetted upon registration to receive clearance.
The 2023 Marine Corps Half Marathon is supported by the Jacksonville Tourism Development Authority, MCCS Sponsor.
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