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.
Once registered, runners may confirm status and personal information through the MCM Confirmation Service.
The 2017 MCM Lottery begins in May. The registration fee is $140.
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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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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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.
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.
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.
Registration for the Marine Corps Marathon is conducted via online lottery. Runners declare their intent to participate by registering for the 2016 MCM Lottery annually during March. Notification emails regarding 2016 registration status were sent on March 31, 2016. The 2016 MCM registration fee is $135.
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.
For registered runners unable to participate, the MCM Deferment Program enables a limited number of entries to be deferred to the following year's MCM for a small fee beginning. Hold the spot; skip the next Lottery.
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.
A wide variety of volunteer openings are available for various things throughout event weekend, for both individuals and groups.
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.
Feb. 17, 2017
Marine Corps 17.75K. Registration opens at noon and is expected to sell out fast! In 2015, the Marine Corps 17.75K sold out in just seven minutes.
March 2, 2017
Active Duty Registration opens at noon.
March 14, 2017
Runners Club and Defer Re-Register. Registration opens at noon.
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.