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.”

315 Days

Left until event day October 22nd

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 20-22, 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


For the Love Me Wall

​In the weeks following “The People’s Marathon,” the MCM combs through all split times and finisher data to confirm results and validate the age awards. At the conclusion of this process, the database is deemed official and finisher certificates are made available to MCM participants. And that time is now.

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Shop MCM on Cyber Monday

MCM runners are encouraged to take a break and stuff their own stockings with collectibles, apparel and keepsakes in celebration of "The People's Marathon." Visit the MCM Shop and link to licensed partners for unique MCM-branded items.

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