Transfer / Defer

"The People's Marathon" is structured to best assist runners successfully navigate registration to training and start to finish. In promoting physical fitness and generating community goodwill, the MCM seeks to ensure the greatest number of properly trained athletes are on the start line during the final Sunday in October. To that end, the MCM has two unique programs, distinguishing its commitment to the runners from other similar events.

"Things happen-injuries, business trips, and unforeseeable conflicts and the deferment and transfer policies allow runners to delay a year or give someone else the chance to run in their place," says MCM Race Director Rick Nealis. "The goal is to enable as many runners as possible the opportunity to be a part of the Marine Corps Marathon."

Additional purchases made at the time of MCM registration including Carbo Dining-in tickets, MarathonFoto package, MCM Brooks training apparel and/or RunCoach training service are not eligible to be transferred to another runner nor deferred to a future registration.

The MCM makes available to runners the option to defer a registration to the next year's MCM. Deferring an entry guarantees a spot to re-register in the following year’s MCM by forgoing participation in that year’s MCM. The 2015 deferment program is now CLOSED. Also, MCM10K entries may not be deferred.

After registering for the MCM, some runners ultimately decide they are unable to participate in a marathon. These runners may opt to transfer their entry to a non-registered runner through the event's unique Transfer Program. Only runners currently registered for the MCM may transfer an entry to another runner for a fee of $50. The MCM does not participate in this part of the process. Runners often find transfer partners on the MCM Facebook page

When transferring an entry, runners do not receive a refund on registration fees from the MCM. Any such monetary transactions must be handled directly between the transferring runners. Further, entries may not be transferred more than once. Additionally, the transfer program is ONLY available for the MCM and not any other MCM event.

The runner currently registered for the MCM must complete the online form. Access to this form requires the MCM Registration account log in set up during registration or select personal information.  A webpage with a customized link will be unlocked enabling the runner to initiate the transfer.  Runners will input the name and email of the individual receiving the entry for Runner-to-Runner transfers or verify their own contact info for a Marathon-to-10K transfer. An email will be sent to the transfer recipient with an individualized link. The new runner must complete the form and pay the fee to finalize the transaction. There are no fees for the runner initiating the transfer or for a Marathon-to-10K transfer.

The Transfer Program is now closed.

Transfers are a great way to obtain access to the Marine Corps Marathon. Runners may also turn to the MCM Charity Partner organizations as a means to gain access to the event. Ideally, a charity's cause will resonate with individual runners and inspire them to affiliate with a given group. For others, when researching charity options, it is recommended to inquire about coaching or training services, MCM Weekend activities, fundraising goals and group runs before making a selection.

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