Bigger than big. The MCM welcomes a new distance to conquer when the MCM50K is inaugurated on October 27. The MCM50K start line is located on the National Mall near the Smithsonian's Ripley Center on Jefferson Drive near 12th Street SW. Participants will run approximately 8K from the National Mall to the MCM start line before joining the MCM course for the final 26.2 miles. Registration opens February 27, 2019 at 12:00 p.m. (noon) eastern time.
Registration will open on February 27, 2019 at 12:00 p.m. (noon) eastern time. All participants receive a technical quarter zip shirt and finishers are presented with a stunning finisher medal by a U.S. Marine. Registration fee is $200.
The start of the MCM50K is located near the Smithsonian's Ripley Center on Jefferson Drive near 12th Street SW. To access the MCM50K start, runners will enter the streening area. After being screened, runners will be directed towards the start line.
The USATF-certified MCM50K course will follow the MCM course to the 14th Street Bridge into Crystal City. There, the MCM50K course diverts from that segment of the MCM by making a left turn onto Long Bridge Drive rejoining the MCM course. Approximately 8K into the course, the MCM50K will pass through the MCM start and continute to follow the MCM course for the remaining 42K, finishing at the Marine Corps War Memorial. Faster 50K runners should be aware they will reach the back of the MCM shortly after running through the MCM start line. The course includes 15 waters points and 13 aid stations.
Opening festivities begin at 7:45 a.m. with the start at 7:55 a.m.
The MCM50K start includes an info tent, porta johns, UPS Baggage Drop-off and a screening zone for access to the start area.
The howitzer will fire at 7:55 a.m. officially sounding the start of the MCM50K. The MCM50K course will remain open until 3:00 p.m.
Required Minimum Pace: All MCM50K participants must maintain a 11:30 minute-per-mile pace.
Metro is the most convenient means to arrive at the start of the MCM50K. The Smithsonian (blue/orange/silver) is the most convenient. Please note the Mall exit of the Smithsonian stop may be closed until 8:30 a.m. requiring runners to utilize the Independence Avenue exit. Also, within easy walking distance is the L'Enfant Plaza station (orange/silver/blue/yellow/green) or Federal Triangle (blue/orange/silver).
To exit from the finish area, runners and spectators may use either the Rosslyn station (blue/orange/silver), located in the Finish Festival, or Arlington Cemetery (blue). The Arlington Cemetery station will not open until 8:30 a.m. on event morning.
Runners must maintain a 11:30 minute-per-mile pace. Runners can expect to reach the back of the MCM field around the 8K point into the course which may require faster runners to weave through the field.
Location One: Near Army-Navy Drive at Eads Street.
Location Two: At Longbridge Drive.
Location Three: At Boundary Channel Drive.
After location three, the MCM50K will travel through the MCM water points:
WP 1: Eastbound Lee Highway between Wayne and Adams Streets.
WP 2: Intersection of M and 33rd Streets, NW, in Georgetown.
WP 3/4: Along Rock Creek and Potomac Parkway at grassy median. Water Point #3 is located in northbound lanes; Water Point #4 is located in southbound lanes.
WP 5/7: Independence Avenue and Ohio Drive SW at West Potomac Park.
WP 6: Ohio Drive SW parking area near the end of Hains Point.
WP 8: At Madison Drive NW and 12th Street NW along the National Mall.
WP 9: At Jefferson Drive SW and 7th Street SW along the National Mall.
WP 10: Near Army-Navy Drive at Eads Street. (Water Point #10 also supports the MCM10K).
WP 11:Along Long Bridge Drive in soccer complex parking lot.
WP 12: At Lady Bird Johnson parking area on Boundary Channel Drive, in the North Pentagon parking area.
Post-MCM: Bottled water from Wegmans and Gatorade will be distributed in the hospitality area.
Location 1: Jefferson Drive SW and 12th Street SW at the Department of Agriculture
Location 2: Eads Street Parking lot at Army/Navy Drive
Location 3: Longbridge Drive
After location three, the MCM50K will travel through the MCM aid stations:
AS 1: Francis Scott Key Park at the corner of Key Bridge and M Street
AS 2/3: Along Rock Creek and Potomac Parkway below Waterside Drive
AS 4/6: Independence Ave SW and Ohio Drive SW in West Potomac Park at the Ericksson Memorial
AS 5: Ohio and Buckeye Drive SW underneath the I395 overpass (Case Bridge) on the Washington Channel side of East Potomac Park
AS 7: East of the intersection of 14th Street NW and Madison Drive NW, in front of the Smithsonian National Museum of American History
AS 8: Jefferson Drive SW and 12th Street SW at the Department of Agriculture
AS 9: Eads Street Parking lot at Army/Navy Drive
AS 10: Parking lot of Public Storage on West side of Long Bridge North of 6th Street S
Medical Tents are located near the finish on the Marine Corps War Memorial.
- Medical Information tent is located at the intersection of Lynn Street and Fairfax Drive. Medical personnel will track runners and record medical data to ensure timely updates are available to families of runners receiving assistance.
UPS Drop Off
Runners must use the clear plastic bag provided at Packet Pick-up. UPS baggage trucks will be located on the National Mall at the MCM10K/MCM50K start line. A UPS Baggage Sticker will be available for every MCM50K runner. The sticker, which is attached to the runners bib, features the runner's bib number and the assigned UPS truck to be utilized for baggage drop off and pick up on event day.
On event day, runners affix the sticker to a bag to facilitate easy identification. Do not deposit valuable items. Neither the MCM nor UPS is liable for lost items.
After the run, MCM50K participants may pick up a bag in the Finish Festival. UPS will be situated at the intersection of Lynn Street and Wilson Boulevard
The MCM50K features a wide variety of musical entertainment throughout the course. From the first mile to the last, runners and spectators are treated to inspiring artists, motivating music and exciting entertainment.
The MCM50K shares the finish line with the MCM and MCM10K. Adjacent to the Marine Corps War Memorial, runners will pass under the famed MCM arch to receive a finisher medal from an awaiting Marine Corps lieutenant.
After taking a victory photo in front of the Memorial with MarathonFoto, MCM50K finishers receive a hospitality box, Fyffes bananas, bottled water from Wegmans and Gatorade.
Mission Preparation MCM50K Planning
Marine Corps Marathon Offers Something More
There's a new option to #RunWithTheMarines on October 27 with the announcement that the Marine Corps Marathon Organization will be introducing a 50K as part of MCM Weekend. The inaugural MCM50K will take place on Sunday, October 27, the same day as the 44th MCM and the MCM10K.