Start Line

The Marine Corps Marathon will begin at 7:45 a.m. for wheelchair and hand cycle participants. Runners will start 7:55 a.m. It is recommended that runners arrive as early as possible before the start time to proceed through the security checkpoint, drop off bags and line up in the appropriate corral. The Metro will open at 6 a.m. on Marathon Day. The closest Metro access to the start is the Pentagon station (blue/yellow). Arlington Cemetery Station is the only station that will remain closed on Marathon morning until 8:30 a.m.

The MCM start line is located on Route 110 (all lanes) halfway between the Pentagon and Arlington Memorial Drive. Porta-potties are located in Runners Village and on Route 110 near the corrals.

Runners Village

Located in the Pentagon North Parking lot, Runners Village presented by Hyundai is the official launching pad for MCM participants. Runners may access Runners Village by MCM shuttles from Crystal City, or the Pentagon Metro Station (blue/yellow). Essential pre-start support is provided to runners including the MCM Info Tent, numerous port-a-johns, UPS Baggage Drop-off, prayer services starting at 6 a.m. and 6:45 a.m., a water station and motivating music and announcements. Just a short walk up the ramp from Runners Village delivers participants to the MCM start on Route 110 (and even more port-a-johns!).

UPS Drop Off

All MCM and MCM10K participants will use the clear plastic bag provided at Packet Pick-up. UPS baggage trucks will be located in Runners Village at Pentagon North parking lot. A UPS Baggage Sticker will be available for every MCM and MCM10K participant – runners will affix the sticker to their bag to facilitate easy identification.

The sticker, attached to the runners bib, features the runner's bib number and the assigned UPS truck for baggage drop off and pick-up on event day.

After the Marathon, MCM runners may pick up their bag in the Finish Festival located on Wilson Boulevard in Rosslyn, VA. Runners are asked not to deposit valuable items at baggage as neither the MCM, or UPS are liable for lost items.

Live Coverage

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From the 90-minute live show at the start to the “Mission Accomplished” moment as runners cross the finish line, NBC Sports Washington has the MCM covered. Visit the NBC Sports Washington website for powerful runner profiles and video coverage of every runner crossing the finish line.

Participant Bibs

Runners are required to wear the official participant bib with the number on front of clothing. The bib and pins will be provided at Packet Pick-up. MCM Participant Bibs include two tear-off coupons along the bottom.

The coupons are to be exchanged for the participant mock neck shirt at the Health and Fitness Expo and free sample of Michelob Ultra in the Finish Festival Beer Garden.


Corral markers featuring finish times will indicate the proper location for runners to assemble. For runners expecting to finish between 2.5 and 4.5 hours, corrals one through five will be located across both sides of Route 110. For runners with a finish time greater than four hours, corrals six through ten will be solely situated in the northbound lanes (Potomac River side) of Route 110. Porta-potties are located along Route 110 near the corrals.

Runners will line up by expected finish time on the start line and will be able to choose their appropriate corral. Bib numbers are not related to corral assignments.

Below are the corral designations which will be labeled by signs in the starting area:

Expected Finish Pace Per Mile Expected Finish Pace Per Mile
Hours:Minutes Minutes:Seconds Hours:Minutes Minutes:Seconds
2:30 - 2:59 5:44 - 6:50 4:31 - 4:45 10:20 - 10:52
3:00 - 3:29 6:52 - 7:58 4:46 - 4:59 10:54 - 11:24
3:30 - 3:598:00 - 9:07 5:00 - 5:29 11:26- 12:33
4:00 - 4:15 9:09 - 9:44 5:30 - 5:59 12:35 - 13:42
4:16 - 4:30 9:46 - 10:18 6:00+ 13:44

Time Limit

The howitzer will fire at 7:55 a.m. officially sounding the start of the Marine Corps Marathon. The MCM course will remain open until 3:10 p.m., or just over seven hours after gun time.

Required Minimum Pace: All MCM participants must maintain a 14 minute-per-mile pace.

DC Gauntlet: At mile 17, MCM participants will reach “the DC Gauntlet” Those runners who do not make it through the DC Gauntlet by 12:33 p.m. will be diverted from the certified Marathon course at Independence Avenue to 14th Street and may continue running but will not complete the 26.2-mile course. These individuals will not be recognized as official finishers.

Beat the Bridge: All MCM participants who have made it through the Gauntlet must still continue to maintain a 14 minute-per-mile pace. To “Beat the Bridge” means to reach 14th & D Street by 1:15 p.m., just before Mile Marker 20 of the MCM course. Even after this point, runners must continue to maintain a 14 minute-per-mile pace.

After 1:15 p.m., the 14th Street Bridge will reopen to vehicular traffic making it unavailable to runners. Any runners unable to “Beat the Bridge” will be required to board straggler buses and be transported to the MCM Finish Festival in Rosslyn, VA.

Crystal City Gauntlet: At mile 22, participants must enter Crystal City before 1:49 p.m. to continue the MCM. Just like the DC Gauntlet, those participants unable to make it to this final timing check point will be diverted from the certified course and may continue running but will not complete the entire 26.2 miles nor be considered an official finisher.


ChronoTrack Timing Systems, Inc. records the results of runners along the course. The system utilizes a light-weight disposable UHF RFID tag that stays mounted on the runner's bib, embedded in the reverse side. No action is required of a runner beyond wearing the assigned bib. The "B-tag" records a runner’s official time, beginning when a participant crosses the start line and concluding as he or she passes the finish, as well as split times every 5K along the course. Runners receive their B-tag on their race bib.

Gun time will be utilized in determining awards for the top three male and female finishers. All other awards are calculated by chip time.


Pace Teams

The Clif BAR pace Teams are the designated MCM Pace Team. Each Pace leader will run even splits (every mile will be run in the same amount of time) throughout the course. By following a Pace Team leader, runners will cross the finish line within two minutes of a specific goal time.

Pace Teams will be provided for the MCM at the following finish times: 3:05, 3:15, 3:25, 3:35, 3:45, 4:00, 4:15, 4:30, 4:45, 5:00, and 5:30.

Runners can meet the Pace Team before the event at the Health & Fitness Expo.