2018 Newsletters & Media Releases
All the news related to "The People's Marathon," read the eNewsletter sent to all registered participants or the official media releases of 2018.
December 2018 - MCM: Semper Festive
November 2018 - MCM: Mission Accomplished
October 2018 - MCM: Time to Muster
October 2018 - MCM: Devoted to Readiness
August 2018 - MCM: Enter the Motivation Zone
June 2018 - MCM: Mission Preparedness
April 2018 - MCM: Class of 2018
March 2018 - MCM Registration: Declassified
February 2018 - MCM Event Briefing
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Third First Place Finish of 2018 for Local Runner at Medal of Honor 8K
December 8, 2018
The worlds of running and golf collided this morning as 400 runners completed the Medal of HOnor 8K presented by Marines Plumbing. The 4.97-mile run along cart paths weaved through the scenic 18-hole Medal of HOnor Gold Course for a truly exclusive experience. This event brought holiday cheer aboard Marine Corps Base Quantico and drew to a close the 2018 Marine Corps Marathon event calendar.
Three First Place Finishes for Top Female Finisher at Turkey Trot
November 17, 2018
The first female finisher to break the tape for the Turkey Trot 10K this morning was Lt. Sandra Pahl, U.S. Navy Reserves, 40, from Alexandria, VA with a time of 44:38. This is the third time Lt. Pahl has been the top female finisher in the 2018 MCM Event Series, having crossed the finish first at the Devil Dog Double (2:19:37) in May and the QUantico 12K (55:11) in August.
5,280 Pounds of Clothing Collected at Marine Corps Marathon for Charity
November 13, 2018
The 43rd Marine Corps Marathon (MCM), held on Sunday, October 28 in Arlington, VA and the nation's capital, successfully minimized its environmental footprint with an aggressive green campaign. Event organizers and various partners collected and repurposed discarded clothing, composted food items and recycled numerious high volume items.
"The People's Marathon" Celebrates Over 20,000 Finishes
October 30, 2018
The 43rd Marine Corps Marathon (MCM) on Sunday, October 28,2018 started at 7:55 a.m. with a skydive presented by Leidos, Marine Corps Osprey flyover, Battle Colors of the Marine Corps from Marine Barracks 8th and I and the Howitzer blast coinciding with the firing of the starting pistol by Cheif Warrant Officer 4 Hershel "Woody" Williams, the sole surviving U.S.Marine WWII Medal of Honor recipient.
Second Fastest MCM10K FInish Accomplished by D.C. Resident
October 28, 2018
The second fastest finish in MCM10K history was accomplished today by Washington, D.C. resident, John "Jack" Butler, 25, with a time of 32:15:77. Butler crossed the finish line at the Marine Corps War Memorial as the first of the 6,419 finsihers in the 6.2 mile event. Today, the MCM10K celebrated a historical benchmark of reaching of 75,000 total runners since the event began in 2006.
Top Female Finisher Earns Second MCM Title
October 28, 2018
The 43rd Marine Corps Marathon (MCM) was conquered by Jenny Mendez, 38, of San Jose, Costa Rica, who crossed the finish line as the first place MCM female with a time of 2:40:19. This is Mendez's second first place finish at the MCM. SHe bested her previous winning time in 2015 by nearly fiveminutes hwile becoming the 35th overall finisher of the day. Mendez becomes the fourth woman in MCM history to break the tape twice and the first to accomplish this feat since Donna Moore, who won in 1998 and 2000.
Sole Surviving U.S. Marine WWII Medal of Honor Recipient to Serve as Honored Starter
October 27, 2018
The Marine Corps Marathon proudly announces this year's starter for the 43rd Marine Corps Marathon is the sole surviving WWII Marine Medal of Honor recipient, Chief Warrant Officer 4 Hershel "Woody" Williams.
Final "Groundpounder" Announces Retirement
October 27, 2018
Al Richmond of Arlington, VA formally recognized as the last Marine Corps Marathon (MCM) beloved Groundpounder and retire Marine Corps Colonel, announced his retirement from running the event after having participated in "The People's Marathon" for 42 consecutive years.
Celebrate Success at the Marine Corps Marathon Finish Festival
October 25, 2018
The excitement of completing the MCM and MCM10K will be celebrated in the post-event Finish Festival in Rosslyn, VA. Essential services, live music, sponsor displays and exciting giveaways await runners and spectators as they make their way down Meade Street from the Finish area on Sunday, October 28, 2018 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Marine Corps Marathon Transportation
October 24, 2018
As the majority of MCM Weekend events from Oct. 26-28 occur at the Gaylord national Resort & Convention Center at National Harbor, MD, the Marine Corps Marathon Organization is offering free shuttle service from both the Eisenhower and Van Dorn Metro stations to the Gaylord. A host of other transporation possibilities are available throughout MCM Weekend.
Marine Corps Marathon Health & Fitness Expo Presented by Cigna
October 24, 2018
The Marine Corps Marathon (MCM) will open its award-winning Health & Fitness Expo presented by Cigna on Friday, Oct 26 at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in National Harbor, Oxon Hill, MD.
Women's Running Icon Appearing at 43rd Marine Corps Marathon Press Conference
October 24, 2018
Meida are invited to attend the 43rd Marine Corps Marathon (MCM) Press Conference on Friday, Oct 26 to hear from Kathrine Switzer, the iconic first female runner to run the Boston Marathon as a numbered entrant.
Marine Corps Marathon Media Credential Request
October 17, 2018
Media may now submit requests to cover the 43rd Marine Corps Marathon (MCM) and MCM Weekend events from Friday, Oct. 26 through Marathon Day, Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018.
Vaseline Goes the Distance to Help Those Who Serve Their Community at the 43rd Marine Corps Marathon
October 3, 2018
This year, Vaseline is sponsoring the 43rd Marine Corps Marathon in an effort to support those who serve their community and show that it's amazing what healed skin can do. Dating back to the First World War, Vaseline Jelly brought releif to military personnel in the trenches by treating cuts and bruises, while medical officers reported carrying tubes of Vaseline Jelly to treat minor cuts or burns on their patients. For the past 140 years, Vaseline continues to be the go-to jelly and original skin protectant that has been safely helping skin heal for medics to runners and everyone in between.
43rd Marine Corps Marathon Media Credential Requests
September 21, 2018
Media may now submit requests to cover the 43rd Marine Corps Marathon (MCM) and MCM Weekend events from Friday, October 26 through Marathon Day, Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018.
Stafford County School Student Recognized at 529th FInisher in Semper 5ive
September 17, 2018
Marine Corps Historic Half sponsor, Virginia529 and their mascot, Tuition Monster, presented Colin Robertson with the 529th finisher award for his participation in the 2019 Semper 5ive event on May 20 in Fredericksburg, VA. The 9-year-old student completed the five mile run averaging just over 12-minute miles to complete the Semper 5ive in 1:02:54, earning a $100 Virginia529 Plan starter account.
Record Breaking Win at Quantico Tri
August 25, 2018
The Quantico 12K presented by Pohanka Nissan and the Quantico Tri were held concurrently this morning at the "Crossroads of the Marine Corps" in the unique setting of Officer Candidates School (OCS). The 12K was dominated by Matt O'Neil, 23, of Woodbirdge, VA.
8K Running Event Commemorates 100th Annicersary of Battle of Belleau Wood
June 23, 2018
In the spirit of the Marines who earned the nickname "Devil Dogs" exactly 100 years ago at the Battle of Belleau Wood, runners took to Marine Corps Base Quantico's hills and trails to complete 4.97 miles. The first person to cross the finish line of the Belleau Wood 8K presented by Pohanka Nissan was Matt O'Neil, 23, from Woodbridge, VA, with a time of 27:18.
Cigna Honors Members of Armed Forces as Presenting Sponsor of the 43rd Marine Corps Marathon
May 31, 2018
Global healthy service company Cigna has joined the 43rd Marine Corps Marathon (MCM) as a presenting sponsor to honor and thank U.S. military members, veterans and their families and to support health and wellness in the community. The MCM has traditionally been recognized for the enthusiastic dedication and steadfast patriotism demonstrated by the more than 30,000 runners and a multitude of spectators participating in the historic 26.2-mile journey through the nation's capital.
Fredericksburg Natives Captured Wins at Marine Corps Historic Half
May 20, 2018
Almost 5,700 runners from all 50 states and 14 countries converged on a hot Fredericksburg, VA to #RunWithTheMarines. Runners conquiered the 13.1-mile Marine Corps Historic half, the five mile Semper 5ive and the 18.1-mile Devil Dog Double, which encompasses both event distances and reward finishers with three medals. Spectators cheered on the runners throughout the course from the start and finish lines and through historic downtown Fredericksburg, VA.
Historic Half Transporation Tips for Runners and Specators
May 17, 2018
The Marine Corps Historic Half and the City of Fredericksburg, VA will welcome participants and spectators from all 50 states and 14 countries to Marine Corps Historic Half Weekend from May 18 to 20.
Healthy Lifestyle Expo Excited Runners in Fredericksburg, VA
May 16, 2018
The two-day Healthy Lifestyle Expo presented by VA Runner will open its doors and make fitness fun for thousands. The Healthy Lifestyle Expo is free and open to the public during Marine Corps Historic Half Weekend from Friday, May 18 to Saturday, May 19. The Expo is conveniently located at the Fredericksburg Expo & Conference Center close to Historic Downtown Fredericksburg's restaurants and shops.
Historic Half Entertainment Lineup to Cover Every Mile of the Course
May 15, 2018
The Marine Corps Historic Half, Semper 5ive and Devil Dog Double courses feature local and regional musicians, performers, vehicle displays, colonial groups, cheer squads and the new Marine Motivation Zone to entertain and inspire participants along the scenic course through historic Fredericksburg, VA blending patriotism with local flair.
Marine Corps Historic Half Offers Technology Innovations
May 15, 2018
The 2018 Marine Corps Historic Half technology servies are now available and ready to support the thousands of runners and spectators during Marine Corps Historic Half Weekend from May 18-20 in Fredericksburg, VA. The updated Historic Half App, Trakc A Runner servies and the new Motigo Cheer App are accessible on www.marinemarathon.com on the Historic half Interactive webpage. A digital version of Glory, the Historic Half event program, is also available online.
One Week until MCM10K and MCM Kids Run Registration Opens
April 4, 2018
Registration will open next week for the MCM10K and the MCM Kids Run presented by Virginia529, two of the main attractions of Marine Corps Marathon (MCM) Weekend. Both event open registration on April 11, 2018 at noon Eastern.
Marine Corps Marathon Opens Lottery Registration
March 21, 2018
Earlier today, runners were determined to grab a guaranteed entry to the 43rd Marine Corps marathon. MCM Rush Registration successfully registered runners ages fourteen to eighty-one from all fifty states, D.C. and thirty-four countries. Fifty-three percent of registered marathoners are female while forty-seven percent are male. The first female runner to register was Carol Acosta from Stafford, Virginia and the first male runner was Jacob Chafik from Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
Rush Registration Returns for the 43rd Marine Corps Marathon
March 14, 2018
On March 21, 2018, Rush Registration will open for runners who want to secure their spot in the Marine Corps Marathon (MCM) this October. MCM Rush Registration will be offered in addition to the MCM Lottery. Rush Registration guarantees runners a spot in "The People's Marathon" and will be available online.
Active Duty, Reservists Offered Early Registration to Marine Corps Marathon
February 28, 2018
Starting March 1, Active Duty and Reserve military members have an exclusive two-week, discounted registration window to enter the 43rd Marine Corps Marathon. Through a long standing parntership with GEICO Military, the Marine Corps Marathon Organization is able to offer these military members at 15 percent savings off the full registration cost of "The People's Marathon."
Marine Corps 17.75K Entries Sell Fast for Access Granted to 43rd MCM
February 21, 2018
Registration for the Marine Corps 17.75K registration flew off the shelves today as 3,100 runners snapped up all available entries in just 7 minutes, 25 seconds. Runners from 42 states, the District of Columbia, and 4 countries are now set to run the hills in Prince William Forest Park on March 24, eager to receive an "Access Granted" card guaranteeting a coveted spot in the 43rd Marine Corps Marathon held this October in Arlington, VA and the nation's capital.
Marine Corps 17.75K Offers 'Access Grande' to 43rd MCM
February 13, 2018
Runners wanting to secure their spot in the Marine Corps Marathon (MCM) this October can run the Marine Corps 17.75K on March 24 in Prince William County, VA. The Marine Corps 17.75K is the annual kickoff of the MCM season, offering finishers guaranteed entry to "The People's Marathon."
New 8K Event Marks 100 Years of Devil Dogs
February 8, 2018
The Marine Corps Marathon Organization (MCMO) will introduce a new running experience into the 2018 MCM Event Series. Held on Saturday, June 23, aboard Marine Corps Base Quantico, the new Belleau Wood 8K will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the 1918 Battle of Belleau Wood where the U.S. Marines earned the nickname "Devil Dogs."
Marine Corps Marathon Organization to Inspire Next Generation of Runners
January 18, 2018
The Marine Corps Marathon Organization (MCMO) has set sights on bringing the next generation of runners to the start line. This year, the MCMO will engage the Next Generation Inspiration Initiaitive, promoting a love of running among youth age 17 and under.
Combines Entries, Hotel, & Shuttle
January 16, 2018
Runners looking for a way to secure entry i nto the 2018 Marine Corps Marathon (MCM) may register for the MCM Four Star package beginning Wednesday, January 17, and enjoy a new selection of benefits.
Marine Corps Historic Half On-Demand Registration to Open January 17
January 12, 2018
Starting Wednesday, Jan 17, at noon, runners can begin registereing for the Marine Corps Historic Half, Semper 5ive or Devil Dog Double taking place on Sunday, May 20, in Fredericksburg, VA. Each distance event will scale Hospital Hill, the 200-foot incline at Mary Washington Healthcare.