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.”

153 Days

Left until event day October 28th

Celebrating MCM History

Marine Corps Marathon is annually ranked as one of the largest marathons in the US and the world. Motivated individuals run the MCM as a tribute to a loved one serving this country or in memory of their sacrifice. They run in defiance, while facing an illness, whether their own or a loved one's. They run to show love of country. The MCM welcomes those finding a new path to fitness and those simply seeking to conquer a distance that once seemed impossible. Organized by the men and women of the United States Marine Corps, the MCM celebrates the honor, courage and commitment of all finishers. Held in Arlington, VA, National Harbor, MD and the nation’s capital, the MCM hosts runners from all 50 states and more than 60 countries.

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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 26-28, the MCM hosts events and excitement for runners and supporters to motivate, inspire and entertain.

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Training

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

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Course Map

Hosted in the nation's capital with the start and finish in Arlington, VA, the Marine Corps Marathon offers an unparalleled journey through the most recognizable landmarks in our country.

MCM Course Map

Make it Count MCM Mission Details

MCM Photos

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Mameluke Sword Presented to MCM

After 66 years, the Mameluke Sword of Colonel James Fowler, founder of the MCM, returned to Marine Corps Base Quantico. The Mameluke Sword is the official sword for Marine Officers. Fowler’s sword will be on display in the lobby of Fowler Hall along with other artifacts, awards and collectables that follow Fowler and the event he founded more than four decades ago.

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Six Reasons Parents Dig the Kids Run

Even though your family is focused on the final quarter of the school year, it’s never too early to plug an activity into the fall calendar by registering for the MCM Kids Run presented by Virginia529. For parents, there are six big reasons to register early for MCM Kids Run.

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