When is the 2015 Marine Corps Marathon?

The 40th MCM will be held on October 25, 2015.

How many participants will you accept?
The 2015 race field is limited to 30,000 participants.

How does the MCM Lottery work?
Beginning on March 13, runners may register for the lottery on the MCM website. This opportunity concludes on March 22.  Registration for the lottery does not guarantee an entry in the MCM.  On March 25, those runners selected to fill the field will be notified by email.  Runners not provided an entry may seek access to the event through one of the MCM Charity Partners or a transfer entry available during the summer months.

Who can register?
Everybody who is 14 years of age or older by October 25, 2015.

Is a qualifying time required to participate?
A qualifying time is not necessary, however, all runners are required to maintain a 14-minute per mile pace.

How do I register?
To register for the Marathon or any other MCM organized event including the Marine Corps Historic Half or MCM Event Series, please click on the tab “Register”. The 40th Marine Corps Marathon will take place October 25, 2015.

How do I know that my registration went through when I signed up online?
Registered runners will receive an online registration confirmation after submitting the registration form. In addition, runners receive an email confirmation shortly after completing the process.

Can participants walk this marathon?
This is an option if the participant maintains a 14-minute per mile pace to reach the "Beat the Bridge”.

When will I receive my bib number / electronic confirmation card (e-card)?
Each runner’s bib number will be listed on the e-card delivered via email in late September/early October.

What options are available to show the e-card at Packet Pick-up?
Runners are required to bring a print out of the e-card to Packet Pick-up or be able to show the e-card on your cell phone.

Can a bib be transferred to another runner?
Yes, the MCM offers a transfer program.

Can runners defer an entry to 2016?
Please refer to the Deferment section under the tab “Register” for information.

How do runners update personal information?
Please send updated data to marine.marathon@usmc.mil

What is the composition of a team?
A team consists of three to five runners. There is no additional team entry fee. Winners are determined by the average team time. Awards are given to the top three teams in six categories: Men, Women, Masters, Active Duty Military, and Mixed.

How do teams register?
Please download the team entry form to create a team. Each team member must be registered as an individual first before a team entry can be filled out.

When is the Expo? Where is Packet Pick-up?
The Health and Fitness Expo will be held at the DC Convention Center. Expo hours are October 23 from 9 a.m.-7 p.m. and October 24 from 9 a.m.-7 p.m.

What is required to bring to Packet Pick-up at the Health and Fitness Expo?
E- Card and a photo ID are required. For all Active Duty/Reservists, who registered during early registration, must show a military ID.

What is in the race packet?
Runners receive a race program, bib number with timing device, safety pins, a commemorative MCM patch and a 40th MCM mock neck participant shirt. Additional items include the MCM Event Program, Weekend Guide and clear plastic bag to be used for UPS Baggage Drop off.

Can someone else pick up my race packet for the registered runner?
Runners are highly encouraged to pick up their own race materials and to verify information.  However, if a participant can't attend the Expo, please have a friend or family member pick up the materials.  The individual picking up in place of the runner must complete a Packet Release Form, or complete and sign the packet release section of the E-card.  The individual must also bring a copy of the photo ID.

Do you have a half marathon?
The Marine Corps Historic Half will be held on May 17, 2015 in Fredericksburg, VA.

What other events are held MCM weekend?
Be sure to enjoy all the vendors at the Health and Fitness Expo by GE, Other ticketed events include the pasta dinner at the Carbo Dining In, MCM Kids Run, First Timers Pep Rally, MCM Runners Conference, Runners bRUNch, MCM10K, Finish Festival and Crystal Run.

Is there a kids event?
The MCM Kids Run is a great opportunity for children ages 5-12 be part of MCM Weekend. The one-mile run is not timed and all participants receive a medal, shirt, goodie bag and post race snacks.

When is the MCM Kids Run?
The MCM Kids Run is on Saturday, October 24, 2015.

Where and when is the Crystal Kidtacular?
A great spectator location situated on mile 22 and 23 of the marathon course, Crystal City hosts a fun-filled family festival including games, live music and activities. Free parking is available at Crystal Drive and 23rd St on Sunday during the race from 9:30 a.m. till 3:30 p.m. Click here for more information.

Is there a pasta dinner during MCM Weekend?
The Carbo Dining-In Dinner will be held on Saturday, October 24 2015. 

Is there a post-race party?
Post-race festivities occur in the Finish Festival in Rosslyn, VA accessible immediately after the finish line. Open to spectators and runners, the Finish Festival includes free massages, Mic Ultra beer garden, UPS Baggage Pick-up, Brooks Finisher Store, Family Link up, live entertainment, giveaways, food vendors and more.

Where is the start line?
MCM - The start line is located on Route 110 (all lanes) halfway between the Pentagon and Arlington Memorial Drive. Please click here for more information.

MCM10K - The start is located at the intersection of 12th St and Madison Dr on the National Mall.

What is best way to access the start line?
Metro service starts at 5:00 a.m. for MCM runners and spectators on race morning.  The Pentagon station (blue line) is the closest to the start line and Runners Village. Arlington Cemetery will open at 8:30 a.m. Runners can also take advantage of a parking garage available in Crystal City, VA. (23rd and Crystal Drive) then, take the free pre-race shuttles to Runners Village near the Pentagon.

What is the start time?
The MCM will begin at 7:40 a.m. for the wheelchair and hand cycle participants. Runners will start 7:55 a.m. It is recommended that runners arrive two hours prior to their start time to proceed through the security checkpoint, drop off bags and line up in the appropriate corral.

MCM10K - Opening festivities begin at 7:45 a.m. with the start at 7:55 a.m. Runners are required to maintain a 15 minute-per-mile pace to participate in this event. Due to safety concerns, the MCM10K's USATF-certified course cannot accommodate wheelchair and hand cycle participants.

How should runners line-up at the start line?
Runners should line up in their appropriate corral based on their expected finish time. The well-marked corrals will be maintained by Marine volunteers. Explain baggage procedures. Runners are requested to use the clear goodie bag, provided to at Packet Pick-up for race day baggage needs. The clear bag will be the only bag accepted in the baggage check in area located in Runners Village on race day. Runners should affix the UPS baggage sticker to the bag. The sticker is attached to the reverse side of a runner’s bib. Runners wearing a bib number will be allowed to check bags in and out. DO NOT BRING BAGGAGE TO THE START LINE. Backpacks are not recommended. Unattended bags and packages will be removed from the premises. For more information click here.

Can runners push a baby stroller, use a walking stick, roller blade, or take a dog on the course? None of these options are permitted on the course.

Are iPods or simliar devices allowed?
Yes, but not advised to better ensure safety of runners.

Is there extra security?
In planning for this year's MCM, officials have met with all eight area police jurisdictions to enhance the safety of everyone involved at the race site as well as along the race course. There will be a presence of Marines at the start, finish and along the course at key spectator points. Cooperation with security personnel and practices will aid in quick access to the race site.

Where are the water points?
MCM runners will enjoy 12 water points along the course, plus plenty of post-race support at the finish line. The water points are located approximately every two miles on the course.

What is the energy drink and water that is used?
The Marine Corps Marathon welcomes Gatorade to all 12 water points.

Where are port-a-johns located?
Port-a-johns are located at the start corrals, Runners Village, each water point and in the Finish Festival.

Will food and drinks be available to spectators at the Marine Corps War Memorial site? Spectators, please come prepared with a supply of food and beverages. Items may also be purchased from vendors in the Finish Festival.

What type of medical support is available during the marathon?
The MCM course offers 10 aid stations throughout the 26.2 miles. Each aid station is equipped with Naval medical personnel as well as medical volunteers.

What is the course time limit?
The howitzer will fire at 7:55 a.m. officially starting the 40th MCM. The MCM course will remain open until 3:00 p.m., just more than seven hours after gun time. The entire race field will cross the start line timing mats approximately 23 minutes after the starting pistol is fired. This means the final runner will complete the MCM in six hours and 37 minutes. This is a slight change from previous years but it does not affect the required minimum pace which remains 14 minutes-per-mile.

What is the required minimum pace?
All runners must maintain a 14 minute-per-mile pace to reach the Beat the Bridge. A time cushion of two additional minutes-per-mile are afforded runners for the final 10K of the course after meeting the Beat the Bridge requirement.

What is Beat the Bridge?
Runners must maintain the 14 minute-per-mile pace to reach the 14th Street Bridge and successfully "Beat the Bridge" just before mile marker 20. The 14th Street Bridge will reopen to vehicular traffic making it unavailable to runners after 1:15 p.m. Any runners unable to "Beat the Bridge" will be required to board the straggler buses and be driven to the event finish area

How do runners reunite with family members after the marathon?
Runners should inform their supporters of their anticipated pace-per-mile as well as race day attire. This will help prepare the supporters to know when to expect a runner to finish and what to look for. Plan to reunite in the Family link up area in the Finish Festival, under a designated letter, perhaps the runner’s last initial.

How should family members check if there is a medical situation?
Family members should visit the Information/Medical Info tent located on N. Meade Street at the Route 50 off ramp in the Finish Festival.

What is the best way to train for the MCM?
For pre-race training as well as great tips, check out the MCM’s Online Trainer for more information. This program is available for purchase through the MCM website and during registration.

What are the options to exit from the Finish Festival?
Take Metro from the Rosslyn (blue/orange lines) station, or board the post-race shuttle from Wilson Blvd to Crystal City (blue and yellow lines).

Taxis are also available in Rosslyn.

Why is there a wait to board Metro after the race?
Thanks to a special service agreement between the MCM and Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, Metro blue line trains will arrive in the Rosslyn station every 7.5 minutes on race day, instead of the standard 15-minute schedule. However, this will not prevent the station platform from being overwhelmed with runners and spectators exiting the Finish Festival. As the platform fills, for safety reasons, Metro station escalators are turned off to prevent overcrowding where injuries may occur. This often leads to delays entering the station causing lines. Further, runners attempting to utilize wet farecards may disable the machines requiring maintenance causing further delays in access for all. Runners are encouraged to purchase a One-Day Pass or SmartCard for Metro access and seal in a ziplock bag on event day. Thank you for your patience.

Where can results from previous MCMs be accessed?
Results from previous years are available.

What awards are presented at the MCM?
The Marine Corps Marathon offers over 430 awards. Categories are: Overall, Overall Masters, Overall Seniors, Men and Women, age groups, Clydesdale/Athena weight classes, Wheelchair, Hand cycle, Team Divisions.

What is the MCM Runners Club?
Any runner that completed five or more MCMs can join the MCM running club. There is no cost to join. Members receive a guaranteed entry for life to the MCM as well as appropriate 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35-year patches as these plateaus are reached.

What is considered the official time and how is the race timed?
The MCM utilizes a timing system called "B-tag". All tags are attached to the runner’s bibs. Please DO NOT remove or bend the Tag.

What is the Runner Broadcast Service?
Runners may announce their progress every 10K of the marathon course by automatically posting timing updates on their Facebook timeline or over their Twitter feed. By broadcasting split times, runners will be able to effectively inform every friend or follower of their triumphant trek through the nation’s capital.

What is Track a Runner?
Relatives, friends and running buddies will all be able to follow a runner’s progress along the MCM course in real time. The virtual support crew can sign up to receive updates for one or multiple runners from the 10K, 20K, 30K, 40K and finish-line split locations. The timing data may be delivered by text or email or posted on personal Facebook and/or Twitter pages.

What Social Media outlets feature the MCM?
Facebook: www.facebook.com/marinecorpsmarathon
Twitter: Marine_Marathon
Tweet with #RunWithTheMarines or #MarineCorpsMarathon

How do individuals sign up to volunteer?
Please visit the Volunteer Page for more information.

For Marine Corps Marathon Information
Website: www.marinemarathon.com
Phone: (703) 784-2225 Fax: (703) 784-2265
E-mail: mcm.info@usmc.mil

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