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.”

222 Days

Left until event day October 28th

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 26-28, 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


How Quickly will 11,000 MCM Entries Fill?

For the first time in five years, the Marine Corps Marathon will open Rush Registration, allowing runners to claim their spot before the Lottery process begins. Rush Registration is an online mad dash that affords runners instant access to entries without the uncertainty of the Lottery. The MCM will make 11,000 entries available through the Rush process.

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Six Dates-to-Know for MCM Registration

​So you missed out on a spot in the Marine Corps 17.75K when the event sold out in just over seven minutes. Runners must be aware of these six important dates on the MCM registration calendar while moving on to Plan B in the mission to "secure a spot in the 2018 Marine Corps Marathon."

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