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The Marine Corps 17.75K begins at 7:00 a.m. adjacent to Washington-Reid Elementary School, located on Dumfries Road/Route 234 located off exit 152B, in Prince William County, VA. The 17.75K, named for the founding of the U.S. Marine Corps in 1775 is a unique distance of 11.03 miles run throughout scenic Prince William Forest Park. Although the course occurs mostly on paved roadways through the park, the 17.75K posts a challenge to participants traversing the park’s winding turns, some gravel paths and rolling hills within the densely populated forest. The 17.75K course will tour beautiful campgrounds, fragrant woods and trickling streams that have hosted generations of campers, hikers, bikers and nature lovers for nearly 80 years.
The Marine Corps 17.75K course begins just outside the elementary school as runners head north (in one southbound lane and paved shoulder) before quickly turning left onto Pleasant Road and into Prince William Forest Park. The loop course begins with a quarter mile of paved roadway, before runners turn right onto the unpaved gravel of Burma Road, continuing for nearly two miles. Runners then turn left onto the paved Scenic Drive roadway. Participants will run clock-wise around the park remaining on Scenic Drive -- from approximately Miles 2-9 – then turn again onto Burma Road. From Burma, runners will continue through the final part of the course along Pleasant Road, exiting the park on the bicycle path, parallel to Route 234 and to the 17.75K finish!
Three medical aid stations will be located along the 17.75K course and in the finish area at the Washington-Reid Elementary School for runners after the race. Aid stations along the course are located at approximately Miles 2, 9 and just after Mile 5. There also will be five water point locations along the 17.75K course.
Runners may participate in the Marine Corps 17.75K with hydration packs. All runner and spectator bags brought to the event site will be subject to search.
Marine Corps 17.75K runners will enjoy music in three areas of Prince William Forest Park. Music will also be played at the start and finish with the Quantico Ceremonial Platoon “Presenting Colors” at the start.
Friends and family members are welcome and encouraged to cheer their runner. The best location to do this is from the 17.75K start and finish locations adjacent to Washington-Reid Elementary School. Those who want to view their runner from inside Prince William Forest Park can walk into the park from the Pleasant Road entrance but will be required to pay the Park’s $3 entry fee per pedestrian. Registration fees cover the runner’s $3 admission charge.
Pre-race shuttles are free of charge and accessible to runners and spectators from three parking lot locations on event morning. On event morning the shuttles will operate between 5:00 a.m. and 6:25 a.m.
These shuttle lots are:
• Route 234 Commuter Lot - Jefferson Davis Hwy/US Route 1 & Dumfries Rd/Route 234
• Edward Kelly Leadership Center – Route 234 & Bristow Road (14715 Bristow Road)
• Forest Park High School – Route 234 & Forest Park Drive (15721 Forest Park Drive)
Post-race shuttles are available to runners and spectators beginning at 8:30 a.m. Shuttles will depart from Washington-Reid Elementary School and return to the three designated parking lots. Each shuttle bus will be labeled with the designated parking lot destination.
Carpooling is strongly encouraged to ensure all participants can obtain parking at one of the three lots. Other non-shuttle parking options are available in the area including Fortuna Center Plaza, Ashland Square Shopping Center and the Montclair Commuter Lot, each located off Route 234.
Pre-race shuttles are free of charge and accessible to runners and spectators from three parking locations (Route 234 Commuter Lot, Edward Kelly Leadership Center, Forest Park High School) on event morning between 5:00 - 6:25 a.m. There is no parking nor shuttle service from the Corporate Center, the site of last year's start line. Convenient parking options within walking distance of the start line include Fortuna Center Plaza, Ashland Square Shopping Center and the Montclair Commuter Lot. Parking is strictly prohibited directly along Route 234.