Historic Half

Conquer Hospital Hill and celebrate the tenth anniversary of the Marine Corps Historic Half! The 13.1 mile run in Fredericksburg, VA boasts a fantastic finisher medal, terrific technical participant shirt and a start ceremony concluding with the shout of a town crier and the blast of a vintage musket. Sign up early for the lowest of three registration pricing tiers.

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Historic Half

It’s the greatest half in history! Run through historic Fredericksburg from the retail hub of Central Park, through quaint downtown shops and restaurants, up Hospital Hill to a finish line bathed in stars and stripes. It’s a 13.1 mile journey with support from the U.S. Marines. In-demand registration returns for the 2018 Historic Half meaning the earlier a runner registers the less expensive the cost. The registration fee for the first 1,000 entries will be $70. The next 3,000 entries cost $80. The remaining 4,000 entries will be $90. Registration dates for the 2018 Historic Half will be announced soon.

Semper 5ive

On the same morning as the Marine Corps Historic Half, the Semper 5ive starts in downtown Fredericksburg, scales Hospital Hill and crosses the same finish as the Half. Finishers receive a unique and patriotic medal. All participants get a technical shirt and commemorative bib. Registration is $40. Check back soon for details on the 2018 on sale date.

Devil Dog Double

The only thing more motivating than conquering Hospital Hill in Fredericksburg, VA as part of the Marine Corps Historic Half marathon is scaling it twice in one morning. Runners will have double the challenge and twice the opportunity to scale the 200-foot continuous incline located on the Marine Corps Historic Half and Semper 5ive courses. The Devil Dog Double, a one day, two event combination with three medals. Participants must complete the 5ive with a nine minute-per-mile pace or better. Details on 2018 registration for the Devil Dog Double will be announced soon.


Between registration and participation, updates to a runner's personal information may be necessary. Runners may send an email with specific changes to mcmcustomerservice@usmc-mccs.org. The corrected participant information may require several days before appearing in the database.


After registering, some runners determine they are unable to participate in the Historic Half or desire to switch to a shorter distance event. These runners may opt to transfer their entry to a non-registered runner or change events through the Transfer Program. Runners often find transfer partners on the MCM Facebook page.

There is a $25 fee for runner-to-runner transfers. There are no fees associated with event-to-event transfers for those already registered for the Historic Half or Devil Dog Double. Transfer program is now closed. Details about the 2018 transfer program dates will be announced soon.


A wide variety of volunteer openings are available for various responsibilities throughout event weekend, for both individuals and groups. Currently, Historic Half volunteer registration is closed but exciting opportunities exist to support other MCM events.


September 28, 2016


Iron Mile. Registration opens at noon.

October 19, 2016


Historic Half. In demand registration opens for $65.


Semper 5ive. Registration opens for $40.


Devil Dog Double. Registration opens for $85.

January 4, 2017


Historic Half. Registration increases to $80.

March 21, 2017


Historic Half. Registration increases to $95.

March 15, 2017


Transfer Opens. Runners may opt to switch from Historic Half to the Semper 5ive or transfer Historic Half entry to a non-registered runner.

May 16, 2017


Transfer Program closes. Closes at 11:59 p.m. EST