Secure Your Place in the 37th MCM Early

Secure Your Place in the 37th MCM Early 
In February 2011, the speed and enthusiasm with which participants registered for the 36th Marine Corps Marathon (MCM) led to a new record of 30,000 race entries sold in just 28 hours. A whopping 12,041 registered in the first hour alone with the remaining 17,959 entries averaging 11 registrations per minute over the course of the next 27 hours. In addition to registering that day, runners and fans flooded the internet and helped make the MCM the top Google search while the official MCM Facebook page earned 1,400 new fans. 

For those not looking for a repeat of the tense registration day process including repeated browser refreshes and slow page loads, the MCM is offering an option for runners to secure a spot in this year’s MCM hassle-free and nearly six weeks early.  

On Saturday March 17, 2012 the sound of bagpipes will fill the air and green beer will flow aplenty as 2,000 runners hit the trails of Prince William Forest Park for the Irish Sprint 10K organized by the MCM. As a just reward for finishing the 10K distance all runners crossing the Irish Sprint finish line will receive a guaranteed entry into the certain-to-be-sold-out 2012 MCM. Registration for the Irish Sprint 10K will open on January 25, over a month and a half before the MCM registration opens on March 7.

Irish Sprint participants will enjoy a newly-designed course taking them on a Saint Patrick’s Day jaunt through Prince William Forest Park. The course, a combination of paved roads and gravel trails, winds its way through the forest and along the scenic Quantico Creek. Golden Ticket

Successful Irish Sprint finishers will be rewarded for their forest trek with a golden ticket containing a user name and password for a guaranteed- not free -MCM entry. To redeem entry codes and register for the race, finishers simply must visit the link provided on the golden ticket and follow the instructions online. With the 2012 MCM registration opening just ten days prior to the Irish Sprint, golden tickets with guaranteed entries will be in high demand as the MCM is sure to be sold out by Saint Patrick’s Day.

“The Irish Sprint is a unique opportunity for runners to access the MCM,” says Director Rick Nealis. “The golden ticket is a smart and strategic way to get into the MCM.”

In addition to a marathon entry, the Irish Sprint 10K offers the general public the opportunity to participate in an event steeped in military tradition. The original Irish Sprint began as an intense San Francisco, CA area-based competition between the Coast Guard and Marine Corps in 1981. The race was held in Lake Merced, three miles south of Golden Gate Park and approximately one mile from the Pacific Ocean. It is often remarked that this race site resembled the Lakes of Killarney in Southern Ireland.

A perpetual trophy, donated by 28th United States Marine Corps Commandant General P.X. Kelly, was awarded to Irish Sprint winning teams during the early years of this competition. The award, known as the Commandant’s Trophy, was won by the United States Marine Corps nine times during the event’s run on the west coast.

After nearly three decades, the Irish Sprint moved to Marine Corps Base Quantico in 2010 and was opened to public participation. Civilians and military members alike now enjoy participating in this race held annually in March. The Commandant’s Trophy is permanently on display in the MCM building and will continue to honor the top active duty finishers in the Irish Sprint.

For more information on the Irish Sprint 10K, please visit the Irish Sprint 10K webpage.


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