Plan the Fun

The MCM Kids Run, located in the Pentagon North Parking Lot, is an out-and-back, secure, kids-only course. Nearly three dozen uniformed Marines are located throughout the run route as well as the Family Link Up tent, start line, and finish line to ensure all children are motivated and safe. Parents are not permitted on the course, but may run alongside their child on the outside of the bike rack along the perimeter of the course.

Wave Start

The MCM Kids Run will launch young runners in waves beginning at 9:30 a.m. Children should report to the starting area 15 minutes prior to their start time.

Parents can choose the wave in which their child will participate during the registration process. Wave times for individuals include 10:00 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 11:20 a.m., and 11:40 a.m. Waves at 9:30 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. are largely designated for school groups. Please note there is limited registration in each wave.

Time Wave Color Bib Number
9:30 a.m. Red 1 - 600
10:00 a.m. White 601 - 1,200
10:30 a.m. Blue 1,200 - 1,800
11:00 a.m. Gold 1,801 - 2,400
11:20 a.m. Purple 2,401 - 3,000
11:40 a.m. Green 3,001 - 3,600

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Packet Pick-up

Participants may obtain the event T-shirt and official bib on Friday, October 20 at the Health and Fitness Expo, or on event morning, of the Kids Run (Saturday, Oct. 21) at the Info Tent in the Pentagon North Parking lot adjacent to the event start line. If planning to visit Packet Pick-up event morning, Kids Run families are recommended to arrive at least one hour prior to the runner's scheduled start time to visit Packet Pick-up and participate in the 15 minute warm-up and ceremony prior to each wave.

Parents and children are encouraged to bring a new, unwrapped toy for the United States Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Campaign located at Packet Pick-Up. Additionally, there will be a designated drop-off site for at Camp Miles on event morning.


Shuttles - Utilize the free shuttle service running continuously from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. between the Pentagon Metro station (yellow or blue line) and the MCM Kids Run start/finish area.

Parking - Parking is available at Hayes Street parking lot located at the intersection of Joyce Street and Army/Navy Drive in front of Macy's.

Metro - Take Metro to the Pentagon station (yellow or blue line), then ride the shuttle to the start line.

Parents must remove the Kid Claim Coupon from the runners' bib prior to dropping the child at the start line. This coupon must be handed to the uniformed Marine at the Family Link Up tent to retrieve a runner after the finish. Parents must also fill in the emergency information on the back of the child's bib to complete the check-in process.

The MCM Kids Run is a closed course, reserved exclusively for young participants and Marines. After crossing the finish, children will receive a medal and replenishment snacks from Sodexo and Dole. A peanut free option is available and children are expected to be aware of their individual needs. After receiving hospitality items, Kids Run participants will enter the Family Link-up tent. Parents or guardians can enter the reunion area by showing the Kid Claim Coupon, removed from their child’s bib prior to the run. The coupon number matches that of the participant’s bib. After reuniting with the runner(s), families will exit the Link-up tent by showing the Kid Claim Coupon and participant bib to Marines positioned at the exits.

Camp Miles

Parents, families and runners are invited to visit Camp Miles, a free all-day activity area featuring interactive challenges and games focusing on health and fitness. Camp Miles activities begin at 9:00 a.m. and continue until 2:00 p.m.

Activities will be hosted by Fit Arlington, Silver Diner, National Watermelon Promotion Board, Virginia529, Navy Federal Credit Union, Tropical Smoothie and more!


Kids of all ages will love meeting the amazing menagerie of mascots at the MCM Kids Run. Miles and Molly welcome: Sammy the Sea Otter from Navy Federal, Lift Off from Sodexo, the GECIO Gecko, J. Slice and the National Watermelon Queens from the National Watermelon Promotion board, Jukebox from Silver Diner, Power Panther from the USDA and Tuition Monster from Virginia529.

Be a part of Camp Miles

If you are an organization or business interested in hosting an activity at Camp Miles, please e-mail our Sponsorship Coordinator.

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