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.”

158 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


​Life is All About a Sequence of Events

Runners thrive on setting goals, conquering distances and moving from one event's finish line to the training plan for the next challenge. Here's the rundown for events hosted by the MCM that are open for registration now.

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Free Training Workshop featuring Jeff Galloway

The MCM is hosting two free marathon training workshops in early June featuring Olympian, famed marathon training guru and MCM Hall of Famer Jeff Galloway. Make plans to attend the MCM Galloway Workshop on Wednesday, June 1 at 6 p.m. at the United States Navy Memorial (701 Pennsylvania Avenue NW) in the nation's capital or at Marine Corps Base Quantico on Thursday, June 2 at 11 a.m. in Breckinridge Hall (2076 South Street). ​

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