Marine Raider Challenge Event 1

February 16th 2018

On President’s Day weekend, we brought 30 current and former Marine Raiders (and Special Operators from other communities) together for healthy Competition and Camaraderie.  Operating in teams of two, they completed the longest physical event the city of San Clemente has ever permitted, which included a 2-km swim in the Pacific Ocean, 12 miles of hiking over mountainous trails, multiple underwater crossovers in a local pool, and during an intense finisher’s workout at the finish line party at Jim Johnson Memorial Park.  That evening we hosted competitors and other members of our community at Goody’s Tavern to reconnect and build relationships and resiliency amongst the men and women of our community.

Motivation for each of our teams was provided by memories of those who made the ultimate sacrifice while serving our country.  Each team carried military identification (ID) tags from the start of the course to the finish line as a reminder of the warriors they ran to honor.  We have enclosed one ID tag bearing the name of your fallen hero that was carried by a competitor over the entire course.  This is a very small, but tangible way for us to remember the legacies of those we lost and please know that, as long as we are able to, we will continue to host this event to honor the legacy of your fallen hero.

Our Cause this year was to raise money for other SOF charities and each competitor created Facebook fundraising campaigns to give back to their favorite charities.  The competitors did an amazing job and raised a total of over $75k that went back to the organizations they designated to support the SOF community.  We plan to host this event on President’s Day weekend every year in San Clemente, CA.

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‘Competition, Camaraderie, Cause’: Marine Raider Challenge Will Be San Clemente’s Longest Athletic Event

San Clemente Times

Elements of athleticism will emulsify in the inaugural Marine Raider Challenge, a citywide course to test the endurance of some of the bravest military personnel in the United States.

Starting at 7 a.m. (or dawn) on Saturday, Feb. 17 at the Pier, the competition will begin with an opening ceremony featuring members of the Marine Raiders and Gold Star families,  relatives of military members who were killed in action. The competition starts off with a 2K swim course at the Pier, followed by a 12K hike up the trails along Cristianitos Road. The competitors then travel along Avenida La Pata to the San Clemente Aquatic Center for additional swimming challenges. The route ends at Jim Johnson Memorial Sports Park with a final challenge…

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The most important thing isn’t always what you do but why you choose to do it. We chose to create the Marine Raider Challenge to facilitate competition, camaraderie, and give back to the communities that we were so fortunate to have been a part of.


The Marine Raider Challenge is a 501c3 non-profit organization (EIN 84-2042764).  After each event, money we raise will go to a SOF charity of our choice. At the first Marine Raider Challenge, we raised over $75k to support Special Operations Charities.