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After crossing the finish line at the Marine Corps War Memorial, beaming with pride, runners often wonder what happens next? At times, the finish line can be crowded with as many as 100 finishers per minute so its best to know what to expect. Marathon finishers will receive their finisher's medal from the men and women of the Marine Corps stationed directly behind the finish line. Space blankets will be available at the finish upon request.
Immediately following the presentation of the medal, runners may have their finish photo taken in front of the Marine Corps War Memorial by MarathonFoto. There is no greater image to reflect the commitment and dedication required to finish a marathon than a runner proudly wearing the MCM finisher medal in front of the Marines hoisting the flag on Iwo Jima.
The 2014 finish hospitality boxes will include peanut butter and whole wheat bread sticks, blueberry or mango Almond Pops, Graham Crackers, Dole fruit bowls, granola bar, honey roasted soy nuts and raisins. Many of the items are gluten free. Runners will also receive Turbana bananas, Aquafina bottled water and Gatorade.
Gatorade Recover Beverage is a protein and carbohydrate beverage formulated with the consistency of a thirst quencher. It has an effective amount of protein that contains essential amino acids needed to help support muscle rebuilding after training or racing. Gatorade Recover Beverage, which provides 16 grams of protein, should be consumed as soon as possible after exercise for maximum muscle benefit.
Additionally, each runner will be presented with a recovery jacket along with the hospitality items. The reusable, yet disposable jacket is made of fabric with cotton cuffs, a zippered front and hood. Water repellent, yet breathable, it is ideally suited for maintaining the core body temperature and protecting each runner from the elements. Best of all, it features the battle cry of all triumphant MCM finishers--"Mission Accomplished."
Turbana, Fueling Runners and The Planet-The MCM is definitely worth going bananas over, which is why Turbana has been so proud to be the proud banana sponsor of the MCM for three years running. For a second year, Turbana will partner with the MCM to host a composting program.
Bananas Are Great Fuel-As you know, running burns a lot of calories, which is why runners need to replenish with a nutritious snack. Rich in potassium, magnesium and carbs, bananas fit the mold perfectly. To date, 160,000 Turbana bananas have been consumed at the MCM, which adds up to a lot of banana peels. After year one, Turbana asked: what should we do with them?
No Waste? No Problem!-Composting keeps food scraps out of landfills, decreasing the production of dangerous gases that are harmful to the environment (which hurts farmers everwhere). Every year, D.C. alone produces about 900,000 tons of waste. About 20% of that is recycled, with an even smaller percentage composted. By composting at the MCM everyone is able to do their part to help the environment. On top of that, food scraps make the best organic fertilizer around and that’s something that we just can’t pass up!
What Can Runners Do? -Runners won’t be able to miss the Turbana composting station’s bright yellow compost bins. Runners can also start by composting right in their own backyard. Composting from home has great benefits that can save money. See You At The MCM!-Keep an eye out for the Turbana team at the MCM handing out smiles and bananas on the track and at the Finish Festival. Don’t forget to drop your peel in the bright yellow Turbana composting stations. Turbana can’t wait to add to the more than 80,000 peels already composted at the MCM.
Runners, spectators and the local community are invited to the MCM Finish Festival, located in Rosslyn, VA. Here runners and families may reunite in the Family Link Up area, receive a post-race massage, pick up bags at the UPS trucks and enjoy other entertainment, food and sponsor-hosted activities. Visit the Finish Festival page for more information.
Runners and their support crew should plan to meet in Family Link Up, part of the Finish Festival in Rosslyn, along Lynn Street. The MCM recommends choosing the first letter of the runner's last name as the pre-planned location to reunite. The link-up areas are designated by 13-foot tall, yellow towers with letters of the alphabet prominently displayed.
After enjoying the MCM's post-race hospitality, runners participating with a MCM Charity Partner may join their group's post-race celebration in either Charity Hill, located adjacent to the Netherlands Carillon on the Marine Corps War Memorial grounds overlooking the finish line, or Charity Street in downtown Rosslyn on Kent Street behind Artisphere and the UPS Baggage Pick up.
View the Charity Map and Charity Village layout.