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.”

64 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


Parent Guide for Back-to-School

It's Back-to-School time for families everywhere. That means adjusting to a new schedule, coordinating after-school activities and recalibrating family time from the ease of summer vacation to the intensity of homework. The endless hours of summer fun quickly throttles down to school days residing behind a desk. Kids need to burn energy and maintain a level of activity. Instill the sense of accomplishment by registering your young runner for the MCM Kids Run.

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No More Straddling the Fence

Uniquely, the MCM recognizes that even the most ambitious plans are sometimes derailed. Schedules change. Conflicts arise. Injuries occur. Reality sets in. Whatever the reason, the MCM offers runners an opportunity to bypass the 2016 MCM and defer an entry to the 2017 event.

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