MCM Registration

Lottery registration for the 2016 Marine Corps Marathon has concluded. Runners received notification of registration status by email on March 31. The 2016 MCM registration fee was $135.

For runners unsuccessful in efforts to register for the MCM through the Lottery, numerous options are available for participation in "The People's Marathon" and are highlighted on this page.

Once registered, runners may wish to confirm their status and personal information through the MCM Confirmation Service.

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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​MCM10K presented by aetna

Registration for the 6.2 mile run to be held on October 30, 2016 is $55. The course begins on the National Mall and crosses the same finish line as the MCM at the Marine Corps War Memorial.

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MCM Kids Run presented by VA529

Hosted on October 29, 2016, 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 is just $5 and includes a participant shirt and medal at the finish line.

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MCM Runners bRUNch

Enjoy a 5K shake-our run along the Potomac River at National Harbor before joining other runners for brunch at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center on October 29, 2016. Featured speaker Bart Yasso of Runners World offers an entertaining and informative talk. Registration is $55.

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Runners Conference

The 41st MCM Weekend hosts an expanded MCM Runners Conference on Friday and Saturday, October 28-29 from noon - 5 p.m. at the Gaylord National Harbor. Seven entertaining and educational 60-minute sessions are planned featuring local and national running experts in single speaker or panel discussion formats.

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Pep Rally

Runners of all experience levels are invited to charge head first into MCM weekend at the MCM Pep Rally on Friday, October 28 from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center. Free appetizers will be provided and a cash bar will also be available.

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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 annually during March. Notification emails regarding 2016 registration status were sent on March 31. The 2016 MCM registration fee is $135.

MCM Bib Mail Out

If arrival schedule to the nation's capital makes it challenging to get to the Health & Fitness Expo, opt to have the official MCM packet delivered via mail for a small fee. The packet includes the bib, UPS baggage sticker, safety pins and commemorative MCM patch. The official event shirt can be obtained at the Finish Festival on MCM Day.

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Charity Partners

For those who want to dedicate participation to a cause, MCM Charity Partners 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.

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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.


After registering for the MCM, some runners ultimately decide they are unable to participate in a marathon. These runners may opt to transfer their entry to a non-registered runner through the MCM Transfer Program.

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For registered runners unable to participate, the MCM Deferment Program enables an entry to be deferred to the following year's MCM for a small fee beginning August 15 to the first 1,600 deferments. Hold the spot; skip the next Lottery.

Team Competition

Team Competition offers a variety of categories for individual runners to join others in a competitive award category at the MCM.


Confirm status of an entry into one of the MCM events or verify personal information.

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

MCM VIP Package--Two Entries

MCM VIP Registration is now closed. The limited availability program offered immediate access to the MCM including two guaranteed entries plus two nights at the headquarters hotel, the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center, and tickets to MCM Weekend events--all with special VIP benefits including shuttle service to the MCM and pre-event hospitality tent. The Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center hosts the MCM Health & Fitness Expo, the Runners bRUNch, the Carbo Dining In and more MCM Weekend activities.

MCM Runners Club​

Runners who have successfully completed at least five Marine Corps Marathons are eligible to join the MCM Runners Club and receive guaranteed access to MCM registration, during a designated period beginning March 14. The registration capacity for this program is 2,000 runners.


Part of the MCM Event Series, hosted near Marine Corps Base Quantico, the Marine Corps 17.75K is a run that offers guaranteed access to the MCM for all finishers. Run 11.03 miles through Prince William Forest Park and earn "Access Granted" including a guaranteed spot in the MCM and an exclusive registration period.

Active Duty

Active Duty/Reserve Registration presented by GEICO has sold out. Congratulations to the 2,500 members of the military who enjoyed a 15 percent discount on registration and will participate in the MCM.

March 2, 2016


Runner's World VIP Entry. Registration closed.

March 14, 2016


Runners Club and Defer Re-Register. Registration opens at noon. Runners Club registration will close when it reaches a 2,000 runner capacity.

March 30, 2016


MCM Lottery. Closes.

March 31, 2016


MCM Lottery Announcement. Runners will find out if they were selected to participate in the 41st MCM!

June 13, 2016


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, 2016


Defer. Opens at noon. Guarantees runners a spot to re-register in the 2017 MCM by forgoing participation in the 2016 MCM. This service has a maximum of 1,600 deferments.

August 31, 2016


Transfer Program. Will close on August 31 or when 5,000 transfers have been processed.