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Saddleback College Veterans 5K

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Put Your Boots On the Ground at Saddleback College's S.A.M.E. VETS 5K! The Saddleback College Veterans Program and Society of American Military Engineers (S.A.M.E.) have partnered together to bring you the First Annual Saddleback College Veteran's 5K. Spend this Father’s Day creating memories with your family while supporting student veterans in your community. Run fast, jog, trot, walk or stroll on a scenic course* around Saddleback campus. Plenty of parking, lots of refreshments, and plenty of family fun. It is the picture perfect way to start celebrating FATHER’S DAY! And don’t be afraid to wear your red, white, and blue or military-themed gear!

We have several races for kids of all ages. The youngest divisions will start first at 9:30 am and all other races will follow. Each kids race is staged on a course that goes out and back. Kids can turn around at anytime. Staff will be provided along the route to help direct the kids.

How to enter the Saddleback College Veterans 5K

  1. 5k

    Run 5km
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  2. Kid's Ruck Run - 10-12 Years.

    Run 0.5mi
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  3. Kid's Ruck Run - 7-9 Years.

    Run 0.4km
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  4. Kid's Ruck Run - 4-6 Years.

    Run 0.091km
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  5. Kid's Ruck Run - 3 Years.

    Run 0.046km
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Event Details

What’s Included

Included: Event shirt*, RFID timer chip bib, Custom military dog tag necklace,  water, refreshments, and more.
* Register by November 1st to guarantee event shirt and dog tag necklace. Supplies are limited and
are first come first serve.

The Kids Ruck Run offers shorter distances for kids 12 years and under to earn their own ruck sack backpack and military dog tag necklace!

KID’S Fun Run/ Walk: Age – 12 years and under.

Note:  If you can’t attend,  friends and family cannot pick up your packet unless you are the parent or guardian of a registered minor participating. Each registrant and parent/guardian of minor participants must sign a waiver before the race. Waivers are required for all participants (registered or not registered participants, i.e. children in strollers), you will not be able to participate, there will be no exceptions. We are sorry for any inconveniences this may cause. 

Raceday Logistics

Pre-Race Day Packet Pick Up:

Be sure to pick up your packet before race day!

Date: Saddleback College

Time: 2pm- 6pm

Location: 2800 Marguerite Parkway Mission Viejo, CA 92692.  Packet Pick up / registration will take place in Parking Lot 4a located off College Drive East next to Baseball Fields and behind Saddleback Studio building.   Look for EZ up tents with Packet Pick up and registration table set up in the lot   Race will start at the same location at 7:30 on Saturday.


6:00 AM          Final Registration/Packet Pick Up opens
7:00 AM          Expo opens
7:30 AM          Fitness 5K Warm-Up
7:45 AM          Registration closes
7:45 AM          National Anthem & Student Veteran Awards
8:00 AM          5K Race Start
9:30 AM          Kids Fun Run Start

Please note that the above schedule is tentative and updated with more details coming soon.


Timing: All participants will receive professionally timed results. We will be utilizing the RFID timing chip, which is attached to your bib. Your bib must be visible and worn at all times to receive a final time. Your timing tag will activate and start once you cross the start line.

Is this course accessible for adaptive athletes, strollers, or wheelchairs?
Yes. Come one, come all! We want to ensure anyone can come support and participate in this family friendly event.

I am not a veteran, active military, or a Saddleback student. Can I still participate?
Yes! Absolutely, anyone and everyone of all ages are invited to participate. No military or Saddleback College affiliation needed to join in the fun.

Can I bring my dog(s)?
We certainly wish they could, but pets are not permitted at the event. The exception is if your pup is a registered Service Dog, or an ESA (Emotional Support Animal), they are welcome to attend, but will be restricted to the Expo area. Unfortunately they will not be allowed on the course during the event. We do ask you to bring proof of registration for each registered pup you bring along.

Saddleback College Veterans 5K weather forecast

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