Semper Fidelis "The People's Marathon"
Marine Corps Marathon Organization conducts a series of running events, showcasing physical fitness and generating community goodwill in order to promote the high standards and discipline of the Marine Corps. Annually ranked as one of the largest marathons in the US and the world, the MCM has been recognized as "Best Marathon in the Mid-Atlantic," "Best for Families" and "Best for Beginners." Runners from all 50 states and more than 60 countries participate in the MCM and an annual calendar of events including the Marine Corps Historic Half in Fredericksburg, VA in May and the MCM Event Series conducted aboard Marine Corps Base Quantico. Organized by the men and women of the United States Marine Corps, the MCM is the largest marathon in the world that doesn't offer prize money, instead celebrating the honor, courage and commitment of all finishers.
Open water swim in the Potomac, followed by a bike tour of Marine Corps Base Quantico, then a 5K run. The Quantico Tri happens annually in August and is accompanied by the Quantico 12K for those only seeking a running challenge.
The Quantico 12K hosts run-only options of 7.46 miles and one mile on the same day as the Quantico Tri, each August. Both running courses are routed through Officer Candidates School and finish on the famed OCS PT field. Preparation begins here for Marines, as well as many runners training for the MCM.
It's about Time for the MCM Pace Team
Marathon Maniacs Pace Team offers dedicated pacers for both, the MCM and the inaugural MCM50K. Pace teams help runners meet a time goal by skillfully maintaining a specific time per mile.
What is the Gauntlet?
There are multiple timing benchmarks along the MCM course to support timing requirements. These checkpoints are the two gauntlets and "Beat the Bridge."
Three Events are Miles Apart from the MCM
"The one-mile distance events are a way to create moments of shared joy and accomplishment for families with their young runners," says MCM Director Rick Nealis. "They are also intended for individuals, who might otherwise be hesitant about running, to start down that path with a 'feel good' experience."