Marine Corps Camp Pendleton is scheduled to host the 5th annual Recon Challenge Friday, May 17 from 4:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
The Recon Challenge is a grueling one day event held every year at Camp Pendleton. It is open to graduates of the Amphibious Reconnaissance School, Amphibious Reconnaissance Course, and Basic Reconnaissance Course, and was established as a way to bring reconnaissance units together and compete in a “Super Squad” or “Best Ranger” style competition. Twenty four two-man teams are currently scheduled to compete from around the Marine Reconnaissance community.
The Recon Challenge consists of 10 events including a two kilometer open water swim with combat equipment, two obstacle courses, a 23 mile hike through the mountains of Camp Pendleton, weapons proficiency tests, live fire events, multiple water confidence events and multiple strength and endurance events. These events represent the physical and mental training Reconnaissance Marines conduct in preparation for the rigors of combat.