Three Timing Requirements for the Marine Corps Marathon

The Marine Corps Marathon will start at 7:55 a.m. when the howitzer blasts along Route 110 in Arlington, VA. To successfully continue along the course and reach the Marine Corps War Memorial finish line, runners must maintain a 14 minute-per-mile pace throughout the course. Along the way, runners will pass three timing check points established to ensure the safety of all participants and to meet the road closing restrictions set forth by Arlington and the nation’s capital.

Details about timing requirements and corrals are featured on the Start Line page of the MCM website.

1-The DC Gauntlet: MCM participants must reach the DC Gauntlet at mile 17 by 12:33 p.m. MCM participants who do not make it through the Gauntlet will be diverted from the certified Marathon course at Independence Avenue to 14th Street and may continue running but will not complete the 26.2-mile course. These individuals will not be recognized as official finishers.

2-Beat the Bridge: This is the iconic battle cry of every MCM participant. To “Beat the Bridge” means to reach 14th & D Street by 1:15 p.m., near the Mile 20 marker. Passing this location, runners will cross the 14th Street Bridge into Arlington and the final 10K portion of the MCM. Runners unable to meet this requirement will be transported to the finish area on a shuttle bus, as the bridge reopens to vehicles after this time.

3-Crystal City Gauntlet. At mile 22, runners must enter Crystal City before 1:49 p.m. to continue the MCM. Just like the DC Gauntlet, those participants unable to make it to this final timing check point will be diverted from the certified course and may continue running but will not complete the entire 26.2 miles nor be considered an official finisher.

Bottom line, regardless of the location on the course or the timing requirements along the way, as long as a runner maintains a 14 minute-per-mile pace, he or she can look forward to crossing under the MCM arch and receiving a finisher medal from a Marine.