Ocean City: Home of the Memorial Beach Challenge

Known as “America’s Greatest Family Resort,” Ocean City, New Jersey is home to beautiful beaches, a lively boardwalk, and world-class dining, as well as, events and attractions that offer fun for visitors of all ages. The Ocean City Chamber of Commerce is a committed supporter of the Memorial Beach Challenge, helping to facilitate this amazing event. We are proud to call Ocean City the home of the 2023 Memorial Beach Challenge.

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Join Us May 27, 2023 at Ocean City Music Pier

The day is comprised of two competitive and fun events for the whole family.

Race Bag Pick Up

Friday, May 26 • 2pm-10pm • Ocean City Music Pier

Saturday, May 27 • 7:30am-Race Start • Ocean City Music Pier

The Music Pier is located at 825 Boardwalk, Ocean City, NJ 08226

Race Day Information

Race Schedule

7:35 am – Welcome & Introduction of M.C.
7:40 am – Color Guard & Bag Pipers
7:45 am – National Anthem
7:50 am – Pre-Race Meetings (Obstacle Course participants)
8:00 am – Obstacle Course Race events will begin, the timing company will manage the heats (3-5 minutes apart). Be there and Be Ready.

Obstacle Course Sand Run will head North on the beach. Elite Racers will be in the first Heats.The course is a 2 mile +/- long in the soft sand with obstacles and cross fit movements along the way.

Kids Fun Run

The kids run as one of the most exciting part of the day, the heats are age based and parents may escort their child. Due to the weather and beach conditions, we ask to be ready for the race to begin anywhere from 8:45-9:30 am. Although we plan for the race to begin at 9:30 am, we cannot predict if we will need to start earlier and ask all parents to have their kids ready by 8:45 am.

The heats move fast so please do not wonder off. The course is a 1/2 mile +/- long in the soft sand.

8:45 am – Proceed to Kids Starting Line
9:20 am – Set Kids Run Course
9:30 am – Kids run starts in age group heats

Memorial Paddle Out

ETA 9:45-10am
10:00am – Message from The 31Heroes representative about the work of the organization and who it benefits.

To close this unforgettable day, the winner of the SUP Ocean Challenge will have the privilege of leading a paddle out to a special “Laying of the wreath” to honor veterans and fallen heroes. Accompanied by the music of live bagpipers, the powerful ceremony is a solemn reminder of the sacrifice of our heroes and the legacies they have left to inspire us all.
10:30 am – Sponsor Recognition
10:45 am – Award Ceremony will be conducted by our MC and held outside the Music Pier. Awards for the top three finishers will be handed out.