MCM Registration

Registration for the Marine Corps Marathon is conducted annually during March. In 2018, runners may register for "The People's Marathon" through a Rush Registration or the Lottery. There are no fees associated with signing up for the Lottery. Other options available to runners include the Four Star all-inclusive registration package; the MCM Charity Partner Program; or Transfers. MCM registration costs $170 plus processing fees. Runners ages 17 and under can enjoy 40 percent off the fee as part of the Next Generation Inspiration Initiative.

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Authority: 10 U.S.C. 5041, Headquarters, US Marine Corps; Marine Corps Order P1700.27B, Marine Corps Community Services Policy Manual (MCCS); Marine Corps Marathon Charter effective 27 Mar 2007; and SORN MMC00010.

Purpose: To register, acknowledge and promote participation in Marine Corps Marathon Organization events. Information is used to plan, organize, coordinate and execute the events and communicate with the runners and volunteers before, during and after the event to include publication of finisher results, finisher certificates and race photographs, videos and motion pictures. Data and photographs, videotape, motion pictures and other recordings may be used by the Marine Corps Marathon Organization and its select sponsors for surveys, publications on websites, race programs and promotions, newspaper articles, newsletters and other race marketing purposes and runner enhancements.

Routine Uses: Information is accessed by Marine Corps Marathon Organization personnel with a need to know to meet the purpose. Information may be provided to television, online and print media to provide publicity on the Marine Corps Marathon Organization events and to selected sponsors approved by the Marine Corps Marathon Organization. A complete list and explanation of the applicable routine uses is published in the authorizing SORN available at

Disclosure: Voluntary. However, failure to provide the information may result in ineligibility to participate in the Marine Corps Marathon Organization events.

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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. The 2019 MCM Lottery Registration will be open March 20-26, 2019.

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. 2018 Active Duty Registration is now closed.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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. Deferment re-registration is now closed.


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. Transfer program will open July 11, 2018 at 12:00 p.m. (noon) eastern.

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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 program opened on August 15, 2018 at 12:00 p.m. (noon) eastern time.

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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, 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. Registration for the MCM10K is open. Registration costs $50 As part of the Next Generation Inspiration Initiative, runners age 17 and under enjoy a 40 percent discount on registration.

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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 nine 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. Registration for the MCM Kids run will open at 12:00 p.m. (noon) eastern. Registration costs just $6, as part of the Next Generation Inspiration Initiative.

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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 or MCM10K packet delivered via mail for a $30.00 fee. Log into your registration account or follow the 'manage registration' at the bottom of the confirmation email to add bib mail out to the registration. Once logged in, follow 'manage registration' to 'edit information' then 'select additional items' and add Bib Mail Out to your registration. The opporutnity to add Bib Mail Out to your registration will close on September 12 at 11:59 p.m. eastern time.

The packet includes the bib, UPS baggage sticker, safety pins and the commemorative patch for MCM participants. The official event shirt can be obtained at the Finish Festival. Bib mail out is only available to U.S. residents.

Feb. 21, 2018


Marine Corps 17.75K. Registration opens at 11:00 a.m. and is expected to sell out fast! In 2017, the Marine Corps 17.75K sold out in minutes.

March 1, 2018


Active Duty. Registration opens at noon.


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

March 14, 2018


Active Duty. Registration closes at noon.


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

March 21, 2018


MCM Lottery. Registration opens at noon.

March 28, 2018


MCM Lottery. Closes.

March 29, 2018


MCM Lottery Announcement. Runners will find out if they were selected to participate in the 43rd MCM!

July 11, 2018


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, 2018


Defer. Opens at noon. Guarantees runners a spot to re-register in the 2019 MCM by forgoing participation in the 2018 MCM. This service has a maximum of 2,000 deferments.

August 31, 2018


Transfer Program Closes.