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 and sand as well as aboard Navy ships, embassy compounds and air bases.


Over 1,600 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 2016

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, Kuwait, Baku in Azerbaijan and in Kabul, Afghanistan. There were also four Marines who ran the MCM from the deck of the USS Somerset. Of those who participated in MCM Forward, 119 were military members from all service branches and 57 were U.S. Marines.

MCM Forward runners ranged in age from 21 to 56 with the fastest finish time being 3:21 and the slowest being just over 7 hours.

MCM Forward began in 2006 with the first event held for service members in Iraq. Since then, MCM Forward and Marine Corps Historic Half Forward events have been held with service members deployed throughout the Middle East and also on a number of U.S. Navy ships.

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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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