MCM August Runs Plan of Action

Version: 20200714 v2


Overview


Participants

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Assignments

The assignments are based on the Recon Ruck Course Map, with the additions of the secondary map with additional locations. All the runs utilize the same course.

Recon Ruck Course Map
Recon Ruck Course Map
MCM August Run Topo Map
MCM August Run Topo Map

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Rally Point

DBIDS: All personnel must have acquired a DBIDS ID card (or already posses base access) to get on base. No execeptions. Please visit the DBIDS site to sign up.

We will meet at the McDonald’s at 13500 Russell Rd A, Quantico, VA 22134. This is the McDonald’s located on base, at the rear gate next to the Exchange.

We will meet at 0430. We will be escorted out to the sites in the woods. Recon Ruck steps off at 0545. There will be several waves leaving about five minutes apart until all the runners are gone.

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Mission

Our primary mission is eyes on the course to provide safety and back up the Marine Corps Marathon personnel. In the event of a downed runner, contact OSV immediately. There will be appropriate medical support on site for the duration of the event under the command of Top Doc.

There are three concurrent races occurring during this event.

Recon Ruck (NEW): The Recon Ruck sends participants into Quantico’s hills, trails and roadways for a 12-mile journey while wearing a weighted pack [1].

Belleau Wood 8K: Run 4.97 miles in the spirit of the Marines who earned the nickname “Devil Dogs.”

Quantico 12K: The Quantico 12K hosts the 7.46 mile run through Marine Corps Base Quantico. Preparation begins here for Marines, as well as many runners training for the MCM.

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Parking

We have permission to park at, or near the critical points. Please make sure to keep your vehicle as far off the course as possible.

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Equipment

Based on our site survey, the course can be managed with HTs, but a mobile with external antenna is preferred. Where possible, a headset is a valuable asset. You may also want a light. The race starts before the sun comes up.

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Operational Parameters

We will plan to operate on simplex at 147.525, the normal ARES operational frequency. Relays may be needed. All support requests need to be sent to OSV, where they will be managed as in an EOC situation.

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Media Relations

Any questions asked by the public or the media, are to be directed to the Race Officials. We will have our PIO, Tom, W4PIO on site if anyone has questions about Amateur Radio specifically.

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Maps

MCM August Run Topo Map
MCM August Run Topo Map
Recon Ruck Course Map
Recon Ruck Course Map
Belleau Wood 8K Map
Belleau Wood 8K Map
Quantico 12K Map
Quantico 12K Map

  1. The Recon Ruck sends PWCARES into Quantico’s hills, trails and roadways for a 12-mile journey while wearing a weighted pack full of radio gear.  ↩