Marine Corps Marathon

Recognized for impeccable organization on a scenic course managed by the US Marines in Arlington, VA and the nation's capital, the Marine Corps Marathon is one of the largest marathons in the US and the world. Known as 'the best marathon for beginners,' the MCM is largest marathon in the world that doesn't offer prize money, earning its nickname, “The People's Marathon.”

30 Days

Left until event day October 30th

Celebrating MCM History

Inspired by a post-Vietnam era memo, "The People's Marathon" has hosted inspired and motivated individuals for over four decades.

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Start Prepared

Finish Strong

MCM Info

Where is the start? What support is on course? What does 'beat the bridge' mean? What happens at the finish? Our answers give you the confidence you need to run your best. Knowing is half the battle.

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Weekend Events

Activities and events during MCM Weekend across the national capital region.

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Advance Prep MCM Essential Intel

MCM Schedule

From October 28-30, the MCM hosts events and excitement for runners and supporters to motivate, inspire and entertain.

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With hundreds of vendor booths, Packet Pick-up, interactive displays, giveaways and more, the Health & Fitness Expo is the first stop for runners.

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Make it Count MCM Mission Details

MCM Photos


Be Inspired by Daddy/Daughter Time

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.

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M​CM Blazes New Semper Progredi Trail

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.

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