Transfer or Defer

In promoting physical fitness and generating community goodwill, the MCM seeks to ensure the greatest number of properly trained athletes are on the start line of "The People's Marathon." To that end, the MCM has two unique programs, distinguishing its commitment to the runners from other similar events.

The MCM recognizes that things happen like injuries, business trips, and unforeseeable conflicts. The MCM deferment and transfer policies allow runners to delay participation by a year or give someone else the chance to run in their place.


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 event's unique Transfer Program. The MCM doesn't assist in the identification of individuals to receive a transfer. Runners often find transfer partners on the MCM Facebook page.

Only runners registered for the MCM may transfer an entry to another runner. There is a fee associated with transferring between individuals. Entries may not be transferred more than once. Transfer program will open July 11, 2018 at 12:00 p.m. (noon) eastern time.


There is a $50 fee to facilitate the transfer of an MCM entry. When transferring an entry, runners do not receive a refund on registration fees from the MCM. Any such monetary transactions must be handled directly between the transferring runners. Additional purchases made at the time of MCM registration are not eligible to be transferred to another runner nor deferred to a future registration. There is no fee associated with transferring an entry from the MCM to the MCM10K but this type of transfer is very limited.

How to Transfer

The runner currently registered for the MCM must complete the online form from July 12 at 12:00 p.m. noon EST into September. Access to this form requires the MCM Registration account log in set up during registration or select personal information. A webpage with a customized link will be unlocked enabling the runner to initiate the transfer. Runners will input the name and email of the individual receiving the entry for Runner-to-Runner transfers or verify their own contact info for a Marathon-to-10K transfer. An email will be sent to the transfer recipient with an individualized link. The new runner must complete the form and pay the fee to finalize the transaction. Once submitted, the transfer cannot be cancelled.


The MCM makes available to runners the option to defer their original registration to the next year's marathon. Deferring an entry guarantees a spot to re-register in the following year’s MCM by forgoing participation in that year’s Marathon. There is a $80 fee associated with this 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. An entry may only be deferred once. MCM10K bibs may not be deferred. This service is only extended to Marathon participants. The deferment program will open August 15, 2018 at 12:00 p.m. (noon) eastern time.


Runners who deferred an entry from the 2017 to the 2018 MCM must re-register to complete this process and guarantee participation in the 43rd MCM on October 28, 2018. These runners will receive an instructional email and, later, a courtesy reminder during the first week of March 2018. The re-registration form will be available beginning at noon on March 14 and will remain available to runners until noon on March 28. Re-Registration is now closed.