MCM Registration

Lottery registration for the Marine Corps Marathon is conducted annually during March. There are no fees associated with signing up for the Lottery. Charges will only apply if the runner is selected to participate in the MCM. For runners unsuccessful in efforts to register through the Lottery, numerous options are available for participation in "The People's Marathon" and are highlighted on this page.

The 2018 MCM Lottery will open in March.

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Privacy Act Statement - 10 USC Para 50.41, Headquarters, US Marine Corps, and E.O. 9397 (SSN), and Marine Corps Marathon Charter effective 27 Mar 2007 authorize the collection of this information. The primary use of the collected information is the Marine Corps Marathon Office. The collected information will be used to provide a record of all participants in the annual Marine Corps Marathon for use in organizing the event. Provision of the requested information is voluntary. Failure to provide the information, however, may result in ineligibility to participate in the Marathon. SORN Policy

Agency Disclosure Statement - The public reporting burden for this collection of information, 0703-0053, is estimated to average 5 minutes per response, including the time for reviewing instructions, searching existing data sources, gathering and maintaining the data needed, and completing and reviewing the collection of information. Send comments regarding the burden estimate or burden reduction suggestions to the Department of Defense, Washington Headquarters Services, at Respondents should be aware that notwithstanding any other provision of law, no person shall be subject to any penalty for failing to comply with a collection of information if it does not display a currently valid OMB control number.

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MCM Lottery

Registration for the Marine Corps Marathon is conducted via online lottery. Runners declare their intent to participate by registering for the MCM Lottery in March 2018.

Active Duty

The MCM has dedicated 3,000 entries for the Active Duty/Reserve Registration presented by GEICO Military. Thank you to those currently serving our country. Active Duty registration will open early March 2018.

MCM Four Star Registration

MCM Four Star Registration Package is a limited availability program offering immediate access to the MCM including two guaranteed entries plus two nights at the headquarters hotel, the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center, tickets to MCM Weekend events, an exclusive reception and special benefits including shuttle service to the MCM, Metro SmarTrip cards and pre-event hospitality tent. The Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center hosts the MCM Health & Fitness Expo, the Carbo Dining In and more MCM Weekend activities. Four Star registration will open Janurary 2018.

MCM Runners Club​

The MCM welcomes back the most frequent participants with exclusive registration for MCM Runners Club members. Those individuals who have completed at least five MCMs and successfully completed the Runners Club membership process will receive an email during the first week of March with information regarding registration for the MCM.

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Charity Partners

For those who want to dedicate participation to a cause, MCM Charity Partner organizations offer guaranteed access to the MCM. Make a personal connection to a cause and contact MCM Charity Partners directly to learn about programs, fundraising requirements and the registration process. Annually, the new roster of Charity Partners is updated immediately following the MCM Registration Lottery.

Travel Agencies

Annually runners from more than 50 countries participate in the MCM. Enhance the experience if traveling from abroad and make the visit to Arlington, VA and the nation's capital even more significant. Register for the MCM through one of the partner travel agencies.

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2017-to-2018 Deferment Re-Registration

Runners who deferred an entry from the 2017 to the 2018 MCM must re-register to complete this process and guarantee participation in the MCM on October 28, 2018. These runners will receive an instructional email and, later, a courtesy reminder during the first week of March 2018.


After registering for the MCM, some runners ultimately decide they are unable to participate in a marathon or circumstances intervene preventing participation. These runners may transfer an entry to a non-registered runner through the MCM Transfer Program. The MCM is not responsible for identifying individuals for the transfer. Often, runners are able to connect via the MCM Facebook page. A $50 fee is associated with this service. Information for 2018 transfer program will be available soon.


The deferment program affords runners the opportunity to push a current entry to the next year's marathon. By forgoing participation the current year’s MCM and deferring an entry to the following year, the runner will receive a guaranteed spot in the next year's event and can avoid the Lottery process. A limited number of deferments are available each year with the program remaining open until all deferments have been claimed or the designated closing date has been reached. There is a $80 fee associated with this limited availability service. Any additional purchases made at the time of the initial MCM registration including Carbo Dining-in tickets are not eligible to be deferred to a future registration. MCM10K bibs may not be deferred. An entry may only be deferred once. 2018 deferment information will be available soon.


A wide variety of volunteer openings are available for various things throughout event weekend, for both individuals and groups.

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Held on the same day as the MCM, October 22, 2017, the MCM10K is a 6.2 mile run that shares the same finish line as the MCM at the Marine Corps War Memorial. All participants receive a technical long sleeve shirt and finishers are presented a stunning medal by a U.S. Marine.

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MCM Kids Run presented by VA529

Hosted on October 27, 2018, the day prior to the MCM, this one mile just-for-fun running challenge hosts children ages 5-12. Participants may select from six specific starting waves. Shuttles from Metro, post-event hospitality, activities, entertainment, games and mascots make this an unforgettable event. All participants receive a shirt, access to the Camp Miles Family Fitness Festival and a stunning medal at the finish line.

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Feb. 17, 2017


Marine Corps 17.75K. Registration opens at 11:00 a.m. and is expected to sell out fast! In 2016, the Marine Corps 17.75K sold out in minutes.

March 2, 2017


Active Duty. Registration opens at noon.

March 14, 2017


Runners Club and Defer Re-Register. Registration opens at noon.

March 22, 2017


MCM Lottery. Registration opens at noon.

March 28, 2017


Runners Club and Defer Re-Register. Registration closes at 12:00 p.m. (noon) eastern.

March 29, 2017


MCM Lottery. Closes.

March 30, 2017


MCM Lottery Announcement. Runners will find out if they were selected to participate in the 42nd MCM!

July 12, 2017


Transfer Program. Opens at noon. Runners may opt to switch from MCM to the MCM10K or transfer an MCM or MCM10K entry to a non-registered runner.

August 15, 2017


Defer. Opens at noon. Guarantees runners a spot to re-register in the 2018 MCM by forgoing participation in the 2017 MCM. This service has a maximum of 2,000 deferments.

September 14, 2017


Transfer Program. Will close on September 14.