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 the largest marathon in the world that doesn't offer prize money, earning its nickname, “The People's Marathon.”

120 Days

Left until event day October 22nd

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

Celebrations, speakers, running events and good food add to an exciting itinerary for MCM Weekend.

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Advance Prep MCM Essential Intel

MCM Schedule

From October 20-22, the MCM hosts events and excitement for runners and supporters to motivate, inspire and entertain.

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Train for the MCM with virtual tools aided by technology or join the fun in a group run.

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Make it Count MCM Mission Details

MCM Photos


Shop MCM for Dad

A running dad is just a normal dad, only more awesome. Does your Dad run marathons? If so, he’s already unwrapped and utilized the most cherished gifts of motivation, determination and inspiration. So let’s get creative…celebrate all your father accomplishments during his runs with the Marines by purchasing commemorative MCM or Historic Half items at special prices just for MCM Dads.

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Free Jeff Galloway

The Run-Walk expert is going to share everything he knows about training for the MCM at a free workshop on Wednesday, May 3 at 6:30 p.m. in the nation’s capital, hosted by MedStar Sports Medicine, the proud Sports Medicine Partner of the MCM. The program will be held at the new MedStar Health Orthopedic and Sports Center at Lafayette Centre, Building 1, 1120 20th Street NW, Washington, DC 20036. Galloway will also host a clinic earlier in the day on May 3 at noon on Marine Corps Base Quantico at Little Hall. No advance registration required. No admission fee. It’s a great opportunity to hear from one of the most accomplished marathon training experts. Want to train for and run a marathon while avoiding injury? Then Jeff’s the guy.

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