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Marine Corps Marathon

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Sign up to the award winning Marathon promoting the standards and discipline of our troops in the Marine Corps. You won't find prize money at the end of this popular race - instead participants can celebrate the dedication and commitment required to finish this true test of endurance.

How to enter the Marine Corps Marathon

  1. 10K

    Run 10km
  2. Marathon

    Run 26.2mi

Marine Corps Marathon routes

Hosted in the nation's capital with the start and finish in Arlington, VA, the Marine Corps Marathon offers an unparalleled journey through the most recognizable landmarks in our country. Begin the run situated between the Pentagon and Arlington National Cemetery, continue through Rosslyn before journeying into the District to tour Georgetown and the National Mall on the way to 'beating the bridge.' Enter Arlington and pass the Pentagon, tour Crystal City, and finish uphill (you read that right) at the Marine Corps War Memorial.

Event Details

Raceday Logistics
7:45AM MCM Wheelchair and Hand Cycle Start.

7:55AM - 3:10PM 44th Marine Corps Marathon

7:55AM MCM10K Start.

8:00AM - 4:00PM MCM Finish Festival.

11:10AM Award Ceremony. MCM10K & MCM

12:45PM MCM Military Award Ceremony.

3:10PM Penguin Award presentation.
Spectators can see their runner in as many as five locations on the course. With many road closures, taking Metro is the best way to get around but consult the course map as most locations are walkable. Follow the plan below to optimize viewing potential and catch a runner in action!

Location #1: Kick off the day by watching the opening ceremonies at the MCM Start Line on Route 110 in Arlington, Virginia. Access this location by Metro using Rosslyn or Pentagon Station.

Location #2: After the start, take a leisurely stroll across the Arlington Memorial Drive to the Lincoln Memorial in DC. Here you’ll be able to see runners at mile 10 and later, mile 16.

Location #3: From the Lincoln Memorial, head east on Independence Avenue, past the Washington Monument to access the National Mall. Along with the world-famous Smithsonian museums, you’ll see runners at miles 17-19.

Location #4: Next, hop on the Metro via the Smithsonian station and head to the Crystal City Station. You’ll see all the action at miles 22 and 23, plus engage in a variety of activities at Crystal City Family Festival, including live music, and plenty of fun activities in this family-friendly spectator location.

Location #5: For the final leg of your journey, head over to the legendary Marine Corps War Memorial and the MCM Finish Line. Take Metro to Rosslyn or the MCM shuttle from 23rd Street in Crystal City. The finish line offers bleacher seating to watch the final ascent and push to the finish. Plan to reunite with runners in the family link up area at the Finish Festival in Rosslyn.

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The MCM is one of the largest marathons in the US and the world and stands as the largest marathon in the world that doesn't offer prize money, earning its nickname, "The People's Marathon." The MCM has been voted “Best Marathon in the Mid Atlantic,” “Best Marathon for Charities” and “Best Spectator Event." Hosted annually in the Arlington, VA and the nation's capital, the MCM offers an experience for runners to tour the nation's most recognizable landmarks while being supported by the men and women of the United States Marine Corps.



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