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 2017 MCM Lottery begins on March 22. The registration fee is $160.
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
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Registration for the Marine Corps Marathon is conducted via online lottery. Runners declare their intent to participate by registering for the 2017 MCM Lottery from March 22-29. Notification emails regarding 2017 registration status will be sent on March 30, 2017. The 2017 MCM registration fee is $160.
The MCM has dedicated 3,000 entries for the Active Duty/Reserve Registration presented by GEICO Military. This special discount program is now open and will conclude when all entries have been claimed. Thank you to those currently serving our country.
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. The Four Star package is now available for purchase.
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 2017 with information regarding registration for the 42nd MCM. The Runners Club registration will be available beginning at noon on March 14 and will remain available to runners until noon on March 28.
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.
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.
Join the Columbia Business School Executive Challenge at the 2017 Marine Corps Marathon. Sponsored by world-renowned Columbia Business School in New York City, the Executive Challenge offers high-power military and civilian leaders registered to participate in the MCM the unique opportunity to run with a group of CEOs, presidents, military officers, and other senior executives and earn bragging rights as the fastest executive. The top male and top female winner of the Executive Challenge will be announced in The Washington Post the day after the MCM.
Runner's World VIP
Runner's World will host the Runner's World VIP Program at the 2017 Marine Corps Marathon. Participants in this program receive a guaranteed entry to the 2017 MCM; Runner's Word VIP full-zip fleece team jacket; VIP tent with private bathrooms and gear check at the start; catered VIP hospitality reception at finish and free post-MCM massage; 16-week training plan designed by Coach Budd Coates; weekly email from Coach Budd; 24/7 access to Runner's World VIP community of editors and other MCM runners; and exclusive course strategy session during MCM Weekend. Registration for this program sells out annually and is limited to 300 participants for $449.
2016-to-2017 Deferment Re-Registration
Runners who deferred an entry from the 2016 to the 2017 MCM must re-register to complete this process and guarantee participation in the 42nd MCM on October 22, 2017. These runners will receive an instructional email and, later, a courtesy reminder during the first week of March 2017. The re-registration form will be available beginning at noon on March 14 and will remain available to runners until noon on March 28.
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. This option is available to runners between June 13-August 31.
Runners may defer 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 guarantees an entry and avoids the Lottery process. 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. This service becomes available on August 14 and will remain available until all deferment slots have been claimed.
Team Competition offers a variety of categories for individual runners to join others in a competitive award category at the MCM.
A wide variety of volunteer openings are available for various things throughout event weekend, for both individuals and groups.
MCM10K presented by aetna
Registration for MCM10K will open April 27, 2017. 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.
MCM Kids Run presented by VA529
Hosted on October 21, 2017, 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. Registration opens on April 27 and is just $8. All participants receive a shirt, access to the Camp Miles Family Fitness Festival and a stunning medal at the finish line.
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!
June 13, 2017
Transfer Program. Opens at noon. Runners may opt to switch from MCM to the MCM10K or transfer an MCM 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.
August 31, 2017
Transfer Program. Will close on August 31.