“Faster, faster, run, run!” shouted dozens of drill instructors Saturday. “This is a race. Why are you walking? Run! Run!”

Drill instructors shout orders as a runner finishes the cargo rope obstacle. Photo by Chris Stone

About 2,000 civilian entrants got an earful as more than 60 Marine DIs yelled “encouragement” at the 14th annual Boot Camp Challenge at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot downtown.

They paid $45 a person for the privilege of being berated and the option of having their hair shorn.

Heat and humidity were no obstacles to the runners who completed the three-mile course including hay jumps, tunnel crawls, log hurdles, six-foot wall climbs, trenches, cargo net walls and push-up stations — about 40 challenges.

Three- and five-person teams also took part, including children and retired folks making their way through obstacles used by Marine newbies.

Awards went to the top three finishers in 29 categories divided into age groups, individual performances and team performances.

Proceeds from the event go to the Quality of Life programs for Marines and sailor stations at MCRD San Diego.

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