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.
Open water swim in the Potomac, followed by a bike tour of Marine Corps Base Quantico, then a 5K run. The Quantico Tri happens annually in August and is accompanied by the Quantico 12K for those only seeking a running challenge.
MCM Around the World
While thousands will participate in the 42nd Marine Corps Marathon in Arlington, VA and throughout the nation’s capital on October 22, hundreds will run MCM Forward while deployed overseas. Since 2006, MCM Forward has been held on Marine Corps and joint military bases, and on U.S. Navy ships deployed worldwide. This year, MCM Forward will occur in at least nine locations in the Middle East, Africa and Western Europe. Some of the areas include Iraq, Jordan, the UAE and Portugal.
MCM Expo Nominated for Best of Show Award
The MCM Health & Fitness Expo, annually held in the national capital region each October, has been nominated for the Trade Show News Network’s prestigious “Best of Show” Award. While the MCM is among five trade shows selected for the top honor, it is the only show nominated within the running and endurance industry.
Run Amuck Grind
As a result of your participation in the shoe return, the MCMO yielded 324 pairs of running shoes. The shoes will go to a facility that grinds them down for materials used to create state-of-the-art running tracks, playgrounds, gyms and weight rooms, and other surfaces used for sport.