MCM Forward

Since 2006, MCM Forward has brought "The People's Marathon" to deployed runners in forward-operating locations around the globe. The MCM medal has been awarded in the desert heat, as well as aboard Navy ships, embassy compounds and air bases.


Over 2,000 military members from all branches of service have participated in MCM Forward. Locations have included Iraq, Afghanistan, Kuwait, Qatar, Turkmenistan, Korea, Bahrain, Kabul and aboard the USS George H.W. Bush and USS West Virginia. These participants receive commemorative MCM shirts, goodie bag items from MCM Forward sponsors and the coveted MCM finisher medal.

MCM Forward

While thousands were participating in the MCM in Arlington, VA and the nation’s capital, another group of runners completed MCM Forward while deployed in Honduras, Portugal, Qatar, Kuwait, Baku in Azerbaijan and in Kabul, Afghanistan.

MCM Forward runners ranged in age from 20-58 with the fastest finish time being 3:14:13 and the slowest being just over 7 hours.

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For those service members interested in obtaining information about running in MCM Forward, please contact Jim Jackson at

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