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Runners and spectators can take advantage of a variety of options for reaching the MCM start line.
Getting around is easy with the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (Metro). Be sure to get your map, check fares and schedules. Service begins at 5:00 a.m. for MCM runners and spectators on race morning.
Marathon runners should use the Pentagon Station (blue or yellow line) to access the start line through Runners Village in the Pentagon North Parking lot. This location hosts pre-race UPS Baggage Drop off. Arlington Cemetery (blue line) station will not open until 8:30 a.m., after the official MCM start. On event day, this station may only be used to access to finish area or to leave post-race. The MCM10K start is convenient to the Smithsonian Metro (blue/orange line).
The MCM, in partnership with WMATA, is working to minimize the effects of scheduled track work during event weekend. Runners should familiarize themselves with the planned maintenance work and potential impact on particular Metro lines and adjust MCM Day schedule accordingly.
A SmarTrip(r) card is a permanent, rechargeable card used to pay Metrorail and local bus system fares. It's plastic, like a credit card, and is embedded with a special computer chip that keeps track of the value of the card. Using a SmarTrip(r) card is fast and easy. Instead of inserting a farecard through the Metrorail faregate slot, you simply touch the SmarTrip(r) card to the circular targets on top of or inside station faregates. Likewise, you can tap the SmarTrip(r) farebox on Metrobus to pay your fare with SmarTrip(r). On Metrorail, each trip taken with a SmarTrip(r) card cost $1 less than those taken with a paper farecard. That's a savings of $2 per roundtrip. Purchase a SmarTrip now!
Metro remains the most convenient means to arrive at the MCM10K start with the Smithsonian station (blue/orange line) being located directly at the start. The Metro system opens at 5:00 a.m. on Marathon morning. There is no shuttle service to the MCM10K start nor is there any designated MCM10K parking location, as road closures for the marathon will affect the area surrounding the course. Convenient post-race Metro stations are located in Rosslyn (blue/orange line) and Arlington Cemetery (blue line).
Metro and post-race shuttles are located at the west end of the Finish Festival. The post-race shuttles return runners and spectators to 23rd and Crystal Drive in Crystal City (blue/yellow lines).
Pre-race shuttle will run from 23rd & Crystal Drive in Crystal City to Runners Village in the Pentagon North Parking Lot beginning at 5:30 a.m. Post-race shuttles will be located at the base of the Finish Festival on Oak Street and Wilson Blvd.
Free parking is available in Crystal City at the corner of 23rd & Crystal Drive. Pre-race shuttle service from this parking location to Runners Village begins at 5:30 a.m. Additionally, runners coming from Virginia may wish to park at the Vienna Metro Station (orange line) or Franconia/Springfield Station (blue line) parking deck and take a short Metro ride to the event. Post-race shuttles will return runners and spectators to 23rd & Crystal Drive in Crystal City. View parking map of Crystal City.
Additional parking is available at the Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center.
The Ronald Reagan Building is a 2,000 space secured sublevel parking garage open to the public between the hours of 5:00am and 2:00am with three entrances/exits to the garage that should not be impacted by street closures. The cost for parking on MCM Weekend is a flat rate of $13.00 per vehicle. Pre-paid validated parking stickers are also available to purchase.
Start Line on Route 110
The start line is located on Rt 110, near Arlington Memorial Drive in Arlington, VA. The MCM highly recommends the use of Metro for access to the start line, via the Pentagon Station (blue/yellow line).
Race Headquarters Hotel
The Race Headquarters Hotel is the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill at 400 New Jersey Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20001
Health and Fitness Expo by GE
The Health and Fitness Expo by GE is located at the DC Armory at 2001 E Capitol St, SE Washington, DC 2003 with easy access to the Metro (orange line to the Armory station).