For the first time in five years, the Marine Corps Marathon will open Rush Registration, allowing runners to claim their spot before the Lottery process begins. Rush Registration is an online mad dash that affords runners instant access to entries without the uncertainty of the Lottery. The MCM will make 11,000 entries available through the Rush process.
So you missed out on a spot in the Marine Corps 17.75K when the event sold out in just over seven minutes. Runners must be aware of these six important dates on the MCM registration calendar while moving on to Plan B in the mission to "secure a spot in the 2018 Marine Corps Marathon."
Todd “Disco” Byers will register for his 20th Marine Corps Marathon on March 1 with other members of the MCM Runners Club. After running his first MCM in 1998, Byers was so impressed that he has continued to participate in the event missing only once in 20 years. “Anytime someone is going to do a marathon, either one-and-done or looking to expand, I tell them to do the Marine Corps Marathon because of the camaraderie and support."
The Distinguished Participant medal is the most limited in release of all the awards distributed by the MCM organization. Ambitious runners who seek to earn this rare hardware should plan to #RunWithTheMarines on four event dates and choose from eight different distances to meet the requirements.
One of the top questions asked by runners on MCM social media accounts is "how can I get into the MCM?" There are numerous answers to that question but the bottom line is- if a runner wants into the MCM, there's nothing to stop him or her from obtaining a spot on the start line on October 28.
It's the coup de grace of all dares, the sinister double-dog-dare. Starting last year, the Marine Corps Historic Half dared participants to scale the challenging Hospital Hill not once, but twice in one morning by participating in the Semper 5ive and then turning around to complete the 13.1 Half.
The 12-year-old from Annandale, VA not only broke the tape to finish first among all participants in the MCM's Turkey Trot but set a new 10K world record for 12-year-old males. He did so by beating the record setting finish time he established earlier this year.
The MCM and Sodexo will recognize five Northern Virginia schools with the Healthy School Award, as the result of their overall student participation at the MCM Kids Run presented by Virginia529 on Saturday, Oct. 21 in Arlington, VA. With such a high volume of participation, these schools have earned the right to celebrate and here's three reasons why.
Runners who have successfully completed at least five Marine Corps Marathons are eligible to join the MCM Runners Club. Currently, the Club boasts 3,535 members. During October 2017, more than 1,740 club members participated in the 42nd MCM. Annually, more than 300 individuals earn access to the Runners Club by completing their fifth MCM.
The 2018 MCM Event Schedule will include 14 different running challenges over seven weekends starting in March and concluding in November. As runners wrap up 2017 and set new goals for the upcoming year, here's some important things to know about the 2018 MCM event calendar.
Will Brown of Raleigh, NC, formerly recognized as one of the Marine Corps Marathon (MCM) beloved Groundpounders, is announcing his retirement from running the event after having participated in “The People’s Marathon” for 42 consecutive years.