MCM Team Competitions

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

Teams are comprised of three to five runners. 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 37th MCM in October 2012, the U.S. Army retained the men's division championship. Lead by Spc. Augustus Maiyo who had a finish time of 2:20:20, the team average time of 2:26:06 led to a decisive 9 minute victory over the second place Navy Team.

The Armed Forces women's competition also saw title retention. The U.S. Air Force women's team edged out a three minute lead over the Army team. Leading the Air Force team was Capt. Elissa Ballas with a time of 2:53:51 while the remaining team members averaged a time of 2:56:28.

U.S. Army men's scorers
Avg: 2:26:26
    U.S. Air Force women's scorers
Avg: 2:56:28
Augustus Maiyo
2:20:20
    Elissa Ballas
2:53:51
Kenneth Foster
2:22:39
    Brenda Schrank
2:59:04
Robert Cheseret
2:27:52
       
Joseph Chirlee
2:33:33
       


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.

In perhaps one of the closest Challenge Cup victories, the British Royal Navy and Marines earned the 2012 Challenge Cup competition by three seconds, ending a two year run for the U.S. Marines. The 1897 Victorian silver trophy, once belonging to the H.M.S. Victory returned to England as Findley Walls (2:36:58), Ryan Kestle (2:45:09), and Justin Montague (2:47:31) had a combined time of 8:09:38 while the U.S. Marine team of Capt. Sean Barrett (2:35:03), Ssgt. Michel Wood (2:44:44), and Col. Steve Peterson (2:49:54) earned a team time of 8:09:41.

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