Medal Presentation

Medal Presentation Photo StripRunners are mission focused when it comes to participating in the Marine Corps Marathon. The collective goal is to charge the District, beat the bridge and take the Iwo. All finishers complete their journey on sacred ground at the foot of the Marine Corps War Memorial where an awaiting Marine Corps lieutenant presents each finisher with a medal for the accomplishment of running 26.2 miles including the uphill climb to the finish. In recent years, the award winning medal design has reflected the Marine Corps' Eagle, Globe and Anchor icon. The presentation of the medal is regarded by most participants as the highlight of the MCM experience.

  • As a first timer there was nothing more rewarding than crossing the finish line, receiving my medal, and being saluted by a Marine. I will treasure that memory forever.

  • Getting my medal with a heartfelt 'congrats,' a salute and handshake from the lieutenant--unbelievable moment for me.

  • It was so nice to have a Marine personally hang the medal around my neck and congratulate me at the finish.

  • Having the medal placed around my neck by a Marine, having him salute me and being able to shake his hand... Such a memorable experience and I loved being able to thank them for what they do for us.

  • Having a young Marine put a medal on me, salute me, and tell me I did a great job. Priceless!

  • I have run many, many races and this was the best finish and medal presentation I have experienced.

  • Having the medal placed around my neck and being saluted by a Marine. I'm 51 years old, and this was one of the most emotional moments of my life. Truly remarkable.

  • I'm non-military, so being saluted by a Marine after receiving my medal is something that will stick with me for a long time... still brings a tear to my eye.

  • Getting the medal around my neck by Marines and them thanking me....seemed so wrong for them to thank I returned the gratitude back to them.

  • I am a retired Senior Chief USN, and to me, this salute, means more to me than any medal.

  • Favorite part of race is receiving medal and salute from a Marine. All my taxes are a waste except what is spent on the U.S.Marines.

  • The way they lined up and shook runners' hands after the finish line was my favorite part of the race. Then getting a medal from a Marine was unbelievable. I am never more proud to be an American than when "meeting" the Marines who work this event.


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