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.”

126 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


Like Christmas Eve in October

Imagine all the nervous excitement and anticipation of Christmas Eve (in this case, though, flip from night to morning and from December 24 to October 29). Add a beautiful 3.1 mile run alongside the banks of Potomac River. Topped off with a good, hearty breakfast and a hilarious, insightful and inspiring talk featuring Bart Yasso of Runners World.

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Don't Switch Bibs

Imagine getting behind the wheel with someone else's driver's license in your wallet. Would you even think about going on a vacation carrying another person's passport? Seems unlikely. So the MCM is reminding runners not to follow a path similar to these wild scenarios and NOT SWITCH BIBS.

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