Memorial Day - May 25, 2015 - marks the 17th annual City of Laguna Hills Memorial Day Half Marathon, 5k, and 10K, Honoring the United States Marine Corps Dark Horse Battalion. This favorite Memorial Day running event takes place in the beautiful Orange County cities of Laguna Hills, Aliso Viejo, Laguna Woods, and Laguna Niguel. Runners and walkers of all experience levels are invited to come out and enjoy the Memorial Day festivities! With a half marathon (13.1 miles), 5K Run/Walk (3.1 miles), 10K Run/Walk (6.2 miles) and a Kid's Run (1/2 Mile), there is something for everyone! All events and the Finish Line Expo will take place on Memorial Day, Monday, May 25, 2015.


The half marathon, 5K and 10K both start in front of the Saddleback Memorial Medical Center and finish at the Laguna Hills Community Center.


The Kids Races start and finish at the Laguna Hills Community Center.


Registration is now OPEN!



All half marathon, 5K & 10K finishers receive a medal

The top three male and female finishers in each age division (listed below) will receive a commemorative  City of Laguna Hills Memorial Day Half Marathon, 5k, and 10K, Honoring the United States Marine Corps Dark Horse Battalion award. Awards will be available after the race on Memorial Day. Awards not picked up on race day will only be mailed upon request (a small shipping charge will apply).

Become a Joint Chief of Staff by 2018!


Over the next five years the race will have a different US armed forces themed medal. If you race every year for the next five years, in 2018 you will earn a Joint Chiefs of Staff medal to commemorate your accomplishment.  The 2014 event medal honored the US Marine Corps.  The 2015 medal will honor the US Navy.


















Legacy Medal





Corporal Marcus Chischilly, a USMC infantry veteran with 8 years of service, four combat tours, and multiple medals including a Purple Heart, has accepted Team Darkhorse’s invitation to serve as Grand Marshal of our city’s annual Memorial Day Race and Expo.   Marcus’ final deployment to Afghanistan was with 3rd Battalion 5th Marines in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.


Marcus was born May 30th 1987 in Phoenix, Arizona.  He attended Deer Valley High School, joined the Marine Corps in September 2004 through the Delayed Entry Program, and reported to Marine Corps Recruit Training Depot MCRD San Diego on July 18, 2005.


On October 9th, 2010 during a firefight with Taliban, Marcus stepped on a pressure plated I.E.D., which resulted in the loss of his left leg above the knee, and severe shrapnel wounds to his arms and right thigh.   Corporal Chischilly spent the next two years with Wounded Warrior West, in recovery and physical rehabilitation. He was then temporarily assigned to Miramar as a Flight Equipment Technician. Marcus is now going the process to be Medically Retired later this year.


Marcus, his wife Antania and their three children; Sons Avary (5), Marrius (2) and a daughter Khalleyah(1) now reside in San Diego.  Conversation with him quickly reveals his mental strength. His attitude of positivity and forward motion has led him to a number of athletic accomplishments.    He plays on the Wolfpack Wheelchair Basketball Team, has completed Marathons in Hand Cycling, and enabled with his prosthetic leg recently completed the Detroit Half Marathon, his first.  Marcus plans to run the Half in Laguna Hills.


Keep cool during your summer training with this premium event branded hat.


All Half Marathon participants receive a hat plus a premium tech fabric t-shirt.


Additional hats available for sale for $12 while supplies last.


The City of Laguna Hills adopted the 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, of the 1st Marine Division. This infantry battalion, nicknamed "DARKHORSE" is based out of Camp Pendleton. The City of Laguna Hills intends to donate $3 per race participant to the 3/5 Support Committee.

For more information on the 3/5 Battalion or the 3/5 Battalion Support Committee go to

Please join us after the race for

Beer Garden, Food Trucks and a DJ!

(open 8 am - 12:00 am)

For more information click here

If you are unable to find the information that you are looking for, please call us at

949-975-8506 or email