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The Marine Corps Marathon, aptly nicknamed the "Marathon of the Monuments," offers exciting changes on the course including a flatter route and new approach to the Capitol. The most notable change in this year's course occurs from Miles 6-9 with runners now traveling north on scenic Rock Creek and Potomac Parkway along roads that are relatively flat.
The USATF-certified 26.2 mile marathon course starts in Arlington, VA on Route 110 between Arlington National Cemetery and the Pentagon. The course moves through Rosslyn along Lee Highway before turning on Spout Run and the George Washington Parkway. Runners will experience a climb on Lee Highway in the first few miles of the course, but are rewarded with a descent along Spout Run and the Parkway.
After crossing Key Bridge into Georgetown between Miles 4 and 5, runners turn right along the renowned M Street where throngs of spectators will cheer them through the most popular area of historic Georgetown.
From M Street, MCM runners continue turning right onto Wisconsin Avenue and then left onto K Street, and continue to run on K under the Whitehurst Freeway. Runners then make a continuous loop turning right onto 27th Street, right onto I Street, right onto Virginia Avenue and finally turn right onto Rock Creek and Potomac Parkway, heading north. It's along the Parkway that MCM runners will enjoy running the beautifully tree-lined roadways and under historic stone-covered bridges before making a U-turn at the median located at Beach and Shoreham Drives.
After the U-turn, runners follow the southbound lanes of Rock Creek and Potomac Parkway heading past the impressive Kennedy Center and under the Theodore Roosevelt Bridge. Between Miles 10 and 11, MCM participants travel parallel to the steps of the Lincoln Memorial and then bear left onto Ohio Drive while passing under Arlington Memorial Bridge. Runners remain right of the John Ericsson National Memorial as Ohio Drive meets Independence Avenue and then right onto Ohio Drive entering West Potomac Park along the scenic Potomac River. Runners continue to travel along Ohio Drive and throughout the Hains Point peninsula to the very end of the point, as Ohio Drive continues along the other side of the peninsula adjacent to the East Potomac Golf Course.
Runners will depart Hains Point while bearing right along the traffic pattern on Ohio Drive as the roadway splits, and then will turn onto East Basin Drive before making a left onto Maine Avenue. Throughout Miles 15 and 16, MCM runners will continue all along the scenic Tidal Basin with views of the Jefferson Memorial. Runners will continue on Maine Avenue as it turns onto Independence Avenue and will head west further along the Tidal Basin crossing over the Kutz Bridge.
On Independence Avenue, MCM competitors will run by the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial and the FDR Memorial. MCM runners then loop back along Independence Avenue on the side closest to the National Mall and the Korean and WWII Memorials before making a left turn onto 15th Street at the Washington Monument.
MCM runners then continue on the course along the north side of the National Mall, with views of the Smithsonian Institute's National Museum of American History, National Museum of Natural History and the National Art Gallery at Mile 18, before turning left onto 3rd Street.
The MCM course then moves runners right onto Constitution Avenue traveling toward the majestic U.S. Capitol and continues to turn them right along the inside of East Capitol Circle and onto 1st Street, with impressive views of the Capitol dome.
Along the National Mall, runners turn right onto South Capitol Circle, right onto Maryland Avenue and then right onto 3rd Street. At this point, runners will turn left onto Jefferson Drive travelling the south side of the National Mall past the Air and Space Museum, the historic carousel, the Smithsonian Castle and the Freer Gallery of Art. Runners then make a left turn onto 14th Street, passing the Holocaust Museum just before they "Beat the Bridge" at Mile 20.
From Miles 20 to 21, runners will cross over the 14th Street Bridge and the scenic Potomac River as they head back into Virginia for the last 10K, where the vibrant colors and energy of Crystal City will be on display.
As MCM runners enter into Crystal City, they will travel along Army-Navy Drive turning left onto 12th Street South as it becomes Crystal Drive, enjoying a variety of entertainment along the way. Runners then make a right turn onto 23rd Street South, before turning right again onto South Clark Street, which parallels U.S. Route 1/Jefferson Davis Highway. At this point in the course, participants will incur an incline in the road leading up to the 15th Street overpass and then enjoy a slight descent back onto 12th Street South.
From 12th Street South, runners will follow Army-Navy Drive, and turn right onto South Fern Street toward the Pentagon. Continuing on Mile 24, participants will head onto South Rotary Road, and run along the South West side of the Pentagon where, at the building's South Parking lot perimeter, runners will capture views of the National 9/11 Pentagon Memorial.
From this point, MCM participants will turn left onto Columbia Pike, make an immediate right onto the Route 27/Washington Boulevard and follow the Boulevard to the Route 110 on ramp. MCM runners then turn right onto the Route 110 access road, heading toward Pentagon North parking, where they continue along the access road bearing right again onto the Route 110 highway.
Finally, the MCM course unfurls alongside Arlington National Cemetery then, after turning left onto Marshall Drive, offers a final up-hill challenge to the finish at the access road to the Marine Corps War Memorial and the MCM Finish!
WP 1: Eastbound Lee Highway between Wayne and Adams Streets
WP 2: Intersection of M and 33rd Streets, NW, in Georgetown
WP 3/4: Along Rock Creek Parkway at the grass median south of Massachusetts Avenue ramp.
WP 5/7: Independence Ave and Ohio Dr SW at West Potomac Park
WP 6: Ohio Drive SW parking area near the end of Hains Point
WP 8: At Madison Dr NW and 12th St NW along the National Mall
WP 9: At Jefferson Dr SW and 7th St SW along the National Mall
WP 10/11: Army/Navy Drive at the Eads Street auxiliary parking lot. Also supports the MCM10K.
The Marine Corps Marathon welcomes Gatorade Endurance to all 12 water points. The Gatorade flavor will be Lemon Lime Endurance Formula.
FS1: Oranges on the west side of Rock Creek Parkway at Thompson's boat house prior to Virginia Ave.
FS2: Clif Shot flavors at Ohio Drive before Water Point 6 at the end of Hains Point in East Potomac Park. CLIF BAR's great tasting, natural CLIF SHOT Gel is a fast-acting, easy-to-digest source of carbohydrates-your body's preferred source of fuel during activity. SHOT Gel's semi-liquid form shines when you're working hard and need to fuel up between breaths. Chocolate, Citrus, Double Expresso, Mocha and Razz will be on course. Stop by the Clif Bar booth at the Expo to try all the flavors before the race.
FS3: Jelly Belly Sport Beans at the intersection of Jefferson Dr SW and 4th Street SW along the National Mall prior to WP 9. Sport Beans™ jelly beans are formulated with electrolytes, carbohydrates and vitamins B and C to sustain and replenish energy during intense exercise. This revolutionary product maximizes performance and ensures ideal portion control, with four delicious flavors that will keep you going.
FS4: A little pop of pleasure during the final stretch to the finish line at mile marker 24. Dunkin' Donuts Munchkins (glazed, jelly filled, pumpkin, old fashioned and cinnamon and chocolate glazed) will be distributed along the East side of Clark Street S prior to the intersection of 12th Street and Army Navy Drive before the Water Point. Made fresh daily in a variety of colorful and delicious flavors, there’s a favorite for every runner. Stop by the Dunkin Donuts booth in the Finish Festival for a flavored latte.
BUILDING THE COURSE
As America's Traffic Control Leader, Area Wide Protective (AWP) is proud to announce a partnership with the Marine Corps Marathon. AWP will be providing traffic management services and traffic control devices for the Marine Corps Marathon, to take place on October 28, 2014. AWP's support will include the use of 600-700 cones, several fully-equipped trucks, and the professional traffic control services of 20 volunteers from AWP's local facilities in Virginia and Maryland. AWP's corporate team (based in Ohio) is also working with the Virginia Department of Transportation and the Marine Corps to develop temporary traffic control plans for the event that will help ensure the safety of the runners, MCM volunteers and workers, and the general public travelling through the area.
Safety and security has always been the top priority for Marine Corps Marathon organizers and the event's law enforcement partners. All runners and spectators are required to access the start and finish areas through safety check points. Limiting the number of items brought to the start line will greatly reduce the wait time at these inspection points. The MCM-issued bib serves as identification for runners. Prior to arriving at the start area, runners must have the bib visibly fastened to the front of their attire.
Runners are required to use the clear plastic drawstring bag issued at Packet Pick-up for the event-day bag check. Using the clear plastic participant bag will expedite the screening process and help maintain an efficient flow of participants into Runners Village. Backpacks, suitcases or any other type of bag will not be accepted at UPS Drop-off and may not be left unattended. Therefore, if a runner doesn't have a designated support person to maintain possession of this type of baggage or other such possessions, these items should not be brought to the event site.The MCM Health & Fitness Expo presented by GE is hosted at the DC Armory. All runners are required to present an E-Card in either printed form or on a phone to obtain the official bib. Packet Pick-up will be conducted in a runners-only tent outside the Armory. Safety screening points will be set up outside the Packet Pick-up tent, as well as the main entrance to the Armory. Proxy pick-up remains an available service at the MCM Health & Fitness Expo presented by GE. In order to have a designated individual pick up the packet for a registered runner, the runner must sign his E-Card and provide that individual with a photocopy of their identification card. The proxy will be required to sign the form as well, and show and present a photocopy their own photo identification.
For marathoners, 10K participants and spectators, the following items are prohibited from entering any MCM event location: hydration vests and backpacks like CamelBaks; glass containers; masks; and flammable liquids. Runners may continue to bring a personal supply of fluids. All items are subject to search and add to the volume being screened, possibly resulting in delays and personal inconvenience.
Runners not only are being asked to actively observe their surroundings but to support the procedures put in place to ensure safety of all attending the MCM. Status updates, weather and news alerts will be disseminated during MCM Weekend on the event website, Facebook page and the MCM App. The MCM and its law enforcement partners appreciate the cooperation and patience of runners and spectators.