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February 18, 2014 > Marine Corps Trials: Wounded Warrior Paralympics-style Invitational

Marine Corps Trials: Wounded Warrior Paralympics-style Invitational

Submitted By Capt Ryan M. Powell

The 4th annual Marine Corps Trials, hosted by the Marine Corps Wounded Warrior Regiment, will take place aboard Camp Pendleton, March 4 - 12.

The Marine Corps Trials is an eight-sport Paralympics-style invitational involving more than 300 wounded, ill, or injured Marines and international competitors. Participants will be organized into 4 competing teams Ð two active duty teams, a Marine Veteran team, and an international team comprised of wounded warriors from our international allies.

The purpose of the Marine Corps Trials is to provide an opportunity for all wounded, ill, or injured Marines to further the rehabilitation of their minds, bodies, and spirits through competition and camaraderie. For some, the Trials are a milestone in their personal athletic goals. For others, it is an opportunity to experience new activities and connect with their fellow wounded warriors. For all of the participants, the Trials are a chance to come together and focus on their abilities, not their disabilities.

Participants will have the opportunity to compete in archery, shooting, swimming, track, field, cycling, sitting volleyball, and wheelchair basketball. Each participant will compete in either two or three events. More than 50 world class coaches will be on hand to train and coach the participants. From March 4 - 6, all participants will receive training and coaching in their respective events with competitions starting on March 7. Training and coaching will continue throughout the entire Trials.

Spectators are welcome. Parking and admission are free to the public. Non-military spectators need to bring a valid driverÕs license and registration. All visitors must enter Camp Pendleton using the far right visitor lanes at each gate.

Established in 2007, the Marine Corps Wounded Warrior Regiment was created to provide and enable assistance to combat and non-combat wounded, ill, and injured Marines, and sailors attached to or in direct support of Marine units and their family members in order to assist them as they return to duty or transition to civilian life.

For more information about the Wounded Warrior Regiment go to: or visit us at

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