Semper Fidelis "The People's Marathon"
The mission of the Marine Corps Marathon is to promote physical fitness, generate community goodwill and showcase the organizational skills of the United States Marine Corps. Annually ranked as one of the largest marathons in the US and the world, the MCM has been recognized as "Best Marathon in the Mid-Atlantic," "Best for Families" and "Best for Beginners." Runners from all 50 states and more than 50 countries participate in the MCM and an annual calendar of events including the Marine Corps Historic Half in Fredericksburg, VA in May and the MCM Event Series conducted aboard Marine Corps Base Quantico. Organized by the men and women of the United States Marine Corps, the MCM is the largest marathon in the world that doesn't offer prize money, instead celebrating the honor, courage and commitment of all finishers.
Alexandria; near the Expo and the Start
Centrally located near the MCM Expo, packet pickup and the start and finish lines, Alexandria is an ideal spot to enjoy MCM Weekend. Just minutes away from the nation’s capital by metrorail and the National Harbor by water taxi. Old Town Alexandria's rich history, unbeatable dining and diverse shopping options guarantee to delight all.
Get the Cheer App
Family and friends are never far away with the new cheer app being introduced by the MCM. While running, MCM participants can hear motivational and informational audio messages in their earbuds and, better yet, cheers recorded by family and friends.
#FindYourPark While Running the MCM
On October 30, MCM participants will enjoy the beauty our National Park Service provides by simply running the 26.2 mile Marathon course. Over 50 percent of the MCM course runs along scenic National Park landscape to include the National Mall and all of the stunning National Monuments, Rock Creek and Potomac Parkway, Hains Point and the MCM Finish at the iconic U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial.