The Marine Corps 17.75K course in scenic Prince William Forest Park features a 11.03 mile run over rolling hills and winding turns in a densely wooded backdrop. The 17.75K starts and finishes outside Montclair Tabernacle Church located in Dumfries VA, near Marine Corps Base Quantico and sends runners on a course through Prince William Forest Park.
The Marine Corps 17.75K course begins just outside the church as runners head north (in a secured southbound lane of Route 234 and along the paved shoulder) before quickly turning left onto the gravel pathway of Pleasant Road to enter Prince William Forest Park.
The lollipop course begins with approximately two miles of gravel terrain beginning on Pleasant Road and turning right onto Burma Road. Runners then cross over Scenic Drive and travel downward on Taylor Farm Road before turning left onto Old Black Top Road (both roads are gravel).
Runners then turn right onto Scenic Drive, traveling clockwise. Near Mile 9, runners will make a left turn back onto Burma Road, heading toward the finish. Runners will complete a short out-and-back portion just before turning back onto Pleasant Road. Once on Pleasant Road, runners will continue straight until the final right turn, where they will exit Prince William Forest Park and follow the bicycle path to the 17.75K finish.
Runners must maintain 20 minute
miles at the 17.75K.
Three medical aid stations will be located along the 17.75K course and in the finish area, located outside Montclair Tabernacle Church. Aid stations along the course are located at approximately Miles 2, 5.5 and 9. There also will be five water points located along the 17.75K course.
Runners may participate in the Marine Corps 17.75K with hydration packs. All runner and spectator bags brought to the event site will be subject to search.
Marine Corps 17.75K runners will enjoy music in three areas of Prince William Forest Park. Music will also be played at the start and finish and the Quantico Ceremonial Platoon will present the colors at the start.
Runners should use the clear plastic bag provided at Packet Pick-up to store personal items on event day. Check the bag at the Baggage Area across from the MCM info tent and retrieve baggage from the same location after a successful finish.
There is no parking at the start-finish area for Marine Corps 17.75K. Runners are encouraged to arrive early and utilize pre-race shuttles from one of three designated lots.
Marine Corps 17.75K shuttles will service the following parking locations:
- Route 234 Commuter Lot - 17300 Dumfries Road, Dumfries, VA (across the street from the McDonald's)
- Quantico Center - Building #3800 & #3850, Fettler Park Dr. Dumfries, VA
- Forest Park High School – 15721 Forest Park Dr., Woodbridge, VA
Carpooling is strongly encouraged to ensure all participants can obtain parking at one of the three lots. Other non-shuttle parking options are available in the area including Fortuna Center Plaza, Ashland Square Shopping Center and the Montclair Commuter Lot, each located off Route 234.
Pre-event, 17.75K runners can be dropped off at the Lake Montclair Center located at 5301 Waterway Drive, off Route 234/Dumfries Road. Runners will then access the pedestrian path on the opposite of Route 234 to walk the remaining half-mile to the start.
For safety reasons, the Prince William County Police Department will not allow runners to be dropped off directly on Route 234.
Free pre-event shuttles are accessible to runners and spectators from the designated parking locations. On event morning, shuttles will begin operating at 5 a.m. but it is strongly recommended runners arrive no later than 6 a.m.
Post-event shuttles are available to runners and spectators beginning at 8:30 a.m. Shuttles will depart from the 17.75K finish area and return to the designated parking lots. Each shuttle bus will be labeled with a specific parking destination.
All 2017 finishers will receive the impressive Marine Corps 17.75K copper medal embossed with "Marine Corps 17.75K" logo. The 3-D leaf-shaped medal features the event's "Access Granted" mark. The 2017 medal design will not be revealed until event day.
Adjacent to the finish line, all finishers age 14 and above will receive an individually coded Access Granted card authorizing access to register for the sold-out MCM.
Registration with the Guaranteed Access code must be completed within the dedicated window of time.
Friends and family members are welcome and encouraged to cheer their runner. The best location to do this is from the 17.75K start and finish locations adjacent to the Montclair Tabernacle Church. Those who want to view their runner from inside Prince William Forest Park can walk into the park from the Pleasant Road entrance, where runners initially enter the park.
- Almost the entire first four miles and the final two miles of the course is on gravel terrain.
- Mile 4-5; will be the steepest climb of the course.
- Just after Mile 10, and before Pleasant Road, there is a short out-and-back on the course.