Military Connection: Race on the Base at Los Alamitos

2015 Race on the base logo


By Debbie Gregory.

It is NOT TOO LATE to register for the Los Alamitos Race on the Base 2015, taking place at the Joint Forces Training Base Los Alamitos, CA, on Saturday, February 28, 2015.

Whether you are a serious competitor, a casual enthusiast, or still working on your New Year’s resolution, there is an event just for you.  Events include: 5K Run, 5K Walk, 10K Run/Wheelchair/Handcycle, and a Reverse Triathlon,one for individuals and one for teams. There is also a 1K mission for kids 10 and under, and a Jr. Reverse Triathlon for kids 7 to 12.

Late registration for each event can be completed online until noon on Friday, February 27th. Registration fees vary by event. All registered participants receive a free breakfast or lunch, a long-sleeve moisture wicking event T-shirt, finishing medals styled after military dog tags, and the chance to race over the perfectly flat surface of an actual runway with a terrific view of military aircraft and ground vehicles along the way.

Service members, law enforcement and fire personnel are being offered a $5.00 discount on their registration when they enter coupon code HERO2015 during online registration.

But even if you aren’t interested in participating in one of the races, the Race on the Base is still an event worth coming out for. There are opportunities to volunteer at registration tables, aid stations, and item drop-offs. You can serve as course monitors, finish line staff, or in other positions as part of the Race Crew.  All volunteers receive breakfast or lunch, snacks, a long-sleeve moisture wicking “Race Crew” T-shirt, a backpack, and access to the volunteer lounge.

The Race on the Base also offers a two-day expo, beginning on Friday and continuing through the duration of the race on Saturday. If you’re not racing or volunteering, come out as a spectator and cheer the racers on, see the military aircraft and vehicles, and enjoy the food and entertainment.

“….The City of Los Alamitos used to run in the community, around the neighborhood.
In 2000, the base opened up the airfield to the local race and Race on the Base has become a very popular regional event and great community outreach for the California National Guard. Running on the Runways at Los Al has been drawing thousands of runners and spectators ever since…..” said Lt. Colonel Tom Lasser, U.S. Army (Retired). Lasser has been involved with and supported Race on the Base for years, and is a good friend to everyone at

Please note that because the event is taking place on a U.S. military base, security will be tight. All adults, including racers, volunteers and spectators, must bring a valid driver’s license, ID card or passport. There are  no RVs or pets allowed on base. Refunds will not be given if you are not allowed on base.

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Military Connection: Race on the Base at Los Alamitos: By Debbie Gregory