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.
Historic Half introduces in-demand registration in 2016. Register early for the lowest registration fee. As more runners commit, the entry fee increases.
The Kids are Alright
In February, the MCM recognized the grassroots efforts of two Arlington County schools that resulted in more than 600 students participating in the 2016 Kids Run. At the Arlington County School Board Meeting, MCM Director Rick Nealis presented MCM Kids Run medals to the Taylor Elementary School and Claremont Immersion School group coordinators.
The Challenge Before the Challenge
Registration opens on Friday, February 17 at 11 a.m. for the 1775K. In 2016, registration sold out in minutes. So while getting into the event is a challenge, finishing it is an even bigger accomplishment. Really, every step of the way for these runners, all the way to the Marine Corps War Memorial at the 42nd MCM, offers feelings of success.
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The presentation of medals at the finish line of the Marine Corps Marathon has been considered by runners to be the most humbling and memorable moment of the entire experience. After crossing the finish line, runners receive deserving recognition from a member of the United States Marine Corps in the shadow of the US Marine Corps War Memorial. For an awesome moment like this, only an awesome medal will do.