MCM Team Competitions

The Marine Corps Marathon Team Competition offers a variety of categories for individual runners to join others to compete as a team in the Marine Corps Marathon.

Teams are comprised of three to five runners in only the MCM. Only the top three finishers will count toward the team score, (except the mixed category where different rules apply). Winners are determined by the average team time.

Before registering as a team, all individual runners must be registered for the Marine Corps Marathon. One member of each team, to be recognized as the team captain, is required to submit the Team Entry Form.

Team captains will need to include a list of team members on the application, as well as the team name and selected category. Individual runners may only be a member of one team. For administrative purposes, the team captain will need to provide his or her contact information.

Team captains should visit the Solution Center during Packet Pick-up at the MCM Health and Fitness Expo to verify team information. This is also the time to make any changes. Teams who do not verify their information will be disqualified.

Category Description
Men Members must be all male
Women Members must be all female
Mixed
Members may be male or female.
At least one male and one female finish time will be used for scoring.
Masters

Members may be male or female and must be age 40 or older.

Military
Any group of people who hold a current military ID as an Active, Retired, or Reserve military member for any country.

 

ARMED FORCES
Each year, military members from the United States compete in the Armed Forces Marathon Championship, which puts elite runners from the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps against each other for bragging rights and the title of the fastest service. The winner is determined in two categories, a men’s division and a women’s division. The men’s winner is determined by the combined time of the top four male finish times. The women’s winner is determined by the combined time of the top two female finish times.

At the 39th MCM in October 2014, the U.S. Army men's team again dominated the challenge. Lead by Specialist Samuel Kosgei (2:22:12), the teams average team of 2:29:37 was an impressive 13-minute victory over the second place U.S. Air Force Team which had a team average time of 2:42:11.

The women’s competition saw an upset as the U.S. Navy team returned with a mission and displaced last year’s victors. Leading the Navy for the ladies was Lieutenant Gina Slaby with a time of 2:52:32. The team scored an average 2:57:19 narrowly knocking off last year’s champions, the U.S. Army, by just over 3 minutes.

U.S. Army men's scorers Avg: 2:29:37     U.S. Army women's scorers Avg: 2:57:19
Samuel Kosgei 2:22:12 
    Gina Slaby
2:52:32
Laban Sialo
2:23:48
    Susan Richardson
3:02:06
David Kiplagat
2:32:11
       
Bryce Livingston
2:40:16
       


CHALLENGE CUP

Since 1978, military runners who are serving with the British Royal Navy and Marines travel thousands of miles to compete against the United States Marine Corps team in the annual Challenge Cup Competition.

The winner is determined in two categories, a men’s division and a women’s division. The men’s winner is determined by the combined time of the top three male finish times. The women’s winner is determined by the combined time of the top two female finish times.

The 1897 Victorian silver trophy, once belonging to the H.M.S. Victory, returned to England as the British Royal Navy/Marine Corps team edged out the U.S. Marine Corps team kept the women's cup here as Captain Angelica Valdez led her team to victory over the British Royal Navy/Marine Corps women. 

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