Remember the exhilarating feeling of riding a roller coaster, rolling to a stop and being overtaken by excitement to do it all over again. That, dear runners, is the essence of the Devil Dog Double. The Marine Corps Historic Half to be held in Fredericksburg, Virginia on May 21, 2017 boasts the most infamous on-course ascension of any half marathon. It even has its own name--Hospital Hill.
The MCM is a well known destination run for motivated individuals from across the country and around the world. They appreciate the historic sites, the display of American pride and the opportunity to interact with the United States Marines. They also seek to conquer the hill that resides just before the finish line at the Marine Corps War Memorial. The Marine Corps Historic Half shares these attributes and makes a perfect spring weekend getaway for an ideal half marathon in Fredericksburg, Virginia.
Another year gone by and its again time to establish resolutions. What successes were achieved in 2016? What prompted the shortcomings? Were goals met? Chances are the mission for the new year will include being healthy, active and fit and what better motivating force than the United States Marine Corps.
In the weeks following “The People’s Marathon,” the MCM combs through all split times and finisher data to confirm results and validate the age awards. At the conclusion of this process, the database is deemed official and finisher certificates are made available to MCM participants. And that time is now.
These are the formative weeks, when individuals develop resolutions to guide actions and intentions in the upcoming, new year. Physical fitness and pursuit of a healthy lifestyle should always be paramount to one's initiatives. Make the 42nd Marine Corps Marathon and the other MCM-organized events part of the plan for 2017.
Like the autumn holiday its hitched too, the Turkey Trot 10K has its own set of traditions. Hosted aboard Marine Corps Base Quantico on Saturday, November 19, the 10K and accompanying one-mile dash will feature the most festive, Thanksgiving-themed event shirts yet again. Past participants have been adorned in apparel featuring an over-sized turkey sketch, a running Thanksgiving dinner and 'be the Turkey' art.
On October 30, thousands of runners summoned the strength and fortitude to finish the Marine Corps Marathon’s 41st annual race. The United States Mint commends all Marine Corps Marathon participants and attendees for making this enormous feat possible. The Marine Corps Marathon is a true team effort: from the dedicated volunteers and sideline supporters who bring energy and encouragement, to the athletes themselves, who commit mentally and physically to run 26.2 miles.
Centrally located near the MCM Expo, packet pickup and the start and finish lines, Alexandria is an ideal spot to enjoy MCM Weekend. Just minutes away from the nation’s capital by metrorail and the National Harbor by water taxi. Old Town Alexandria's rich history, unbeatable dining and diverse shopping options guarantee to delight all.
On October 30, MCM participants will enjoy the beauty our National Park Service provides by simply running the 26.2 mile Marathon course. Over 50 percent of the MCM course runs along scenic National Park landscape to include the National Mall and all of the stunning National Monuments, Rock Creek and Potomac Parkway, Hains Point and the MCM Finish at the iconic U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial.
While I don’t remember it, a 92-year old driver mistook the gas for the break, hit me head on and barreled me through the restaurant until I was pinned to the counter. Now 5+ years later, I am training for my first full Marathon, the Marine Corps Marathon (MCM)!
When I crossed the finish line, I pulled out the picture of Sydney and took a selfie of her and I at the finish line with finisher medal in hand. It was the two of us together that finished the race and accomplished this challenge. After completing over seven half marathons since then and dropping some pounds, we are now training together to run our first marathon which only makes sense to be the Marine Corps Marathon. We do every training run and race together. It's daddy and daughter time that I otherwise don't get to spend with her.
On September 14, the new "Semper Progredi Trail" was dedicated behind MCM world headquarters at Fowler Hall aboard Marine Corps Base Quantico. Semper Progredi translated is "Always Forward." The .35 mile trail was created with hard work by Boy Scout Troop 1145 under the direction of Boy Scout Aeris Taylor, of Springfield, VA, who created the trail for his Eagle Scout Project.