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What Four Events Qualify for Distinguished Participant Status?

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.

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Seven Ways to Get Into the MCM

​​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.

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17 & Under Score Savings

To bring more families and young runners to start lines in 2018, the Next Generation Inspiration Initiative offers a 40 percent registration discount for all runners age 17 and under for all 2018 MCM organized events.

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25 Reasons to Register Early for the Half

A #RunWithTheMarines is about motivation and so the challenge of conquering Hospital Hill should start with a powerful and confident click on the registration form.

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How will the Devil Dog Double change in 2018?

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.

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​World Record Finish at MCM’s Turkey Trot

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.

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Three Reasons for these Local Schools to Celebrate

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.

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New Personalized MCM Finisher Certificates

In 2017, the MCM debuts a new feature allowing for personalization of the finisher certificate to best represent an individual runner's experience. Runners may select up to four of 11 badges to illustrate their run with the Marines.

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Why January is Important to Runners Club

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.

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Four Things to Know about 2018 MCM Events

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.

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​Former Groundpounder Announces MCM Retirement

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.

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Scaffolding at MCM Finish

The U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial is currently undergoing a lengthy rehabilitation and will remain hidden by scaffolding on MCM Day.

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Seven Inspiring Runners who will Speak at MCMTalks

MCMTalks showcases seven runners who passionately want to change lives, share insights and inspire new attitudes during MCM Weekend at the Gaylord National Resort.

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Actor and U.S. Marine J.W. Cortes to Run MCM10K

J.W. Cortes is a unique-kind of Hollywood triple threat. The accomplished singer and actor, is also a U.S. Marine. On October 22, Cortes will continue his “triple threat” status at the MCM10K singing, running and serving as the official starter of the event.

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Meet Bret: His Worldly Challenge

After being diagnosed with Parkison’s Disease, Bret Parker has jumped full speed into running to keep healthy and fundraising for research as a member of the Patient Council for the Michael J. Fox Foundation. The attorney and Executive Director of the New York Bar Association is also busy training for his first MCM. Although he has successfully completed five marathons in his hometown, Parker says the disease can take its toll.

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