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.”

94 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


Giving Flavor to the MCM

Just a few weeks after the birth of Kenny Kramm’s youngest daughter in the early 90s, she began suffering epileptic seizures. As part of her recovery, she was required to take multiple daily doses of medication but refused due to the bad taste. Kenny and his father, a pharmacist, spent evenings sweetening the medicine with flavorings from candy manufacturers.

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Keep it Simple and Stay Close

When runners wake up on event morning, there's still miles to go. So minimize the stress. Streamline the movement plan. Stay close to the action and within the system of care provided by the MCM. Shuttles will run throughout the pre-MCM hours from National Harbor and Crystal City to Runners Village at the Pentagon North Parking Lot.

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