February 14, 2023

2023 MCM Dining In

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The MCM Dining In is returning in 2023! Runners are invited to join MCMO at the Gaylord National Resort for a pre-event meal that will have anyone fueled up for Sunday morning. The MCM Dining In will be on Saturday, October 28 from 1-3 p.m. next to the MCM Health & Fitness Expo.

For $65 per person, attendees will be treated to a delicious meal off a menu recommended by medical personnel and nutritionists. Paying homage to a traditional military “dining in”, the MCM Dining In will also feature a special ceremony with a keynote speaker covering inspirational and educational topics.


  • Pasta with a choice of Marinara or Meat Sauce
  • Broccoli
  • Bread
  • Fruit
  • Cookies
  • Ice tea and water to drink

keynote speaker

Matt Cavanaugh, PhD, Lieutenant Colonel, Army (ret.)

ML (Matt) Cavanaugh, PhD, Lieutenant Colonel (ret.), serves as the President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Kidney Donation Organization, having recently retired after 25-years of service in the US Army. He is a Professor of Practice with the Arizona State University, and twice earned the Bronze Star Medal, as well as the Combat Action Badge, for his service in Iraq. He has also been the youngest recipient of the Army Strategist Association’s professional award, the Order of Saint Gabriel the Archangel (2015), in addition to earning West Point’s faculty-wide Apgar Award for Excellence in Teaching (2014), and was once named the US Army’s Athlete of the Year (2009). 

A proud living kidney donor, Matt gave his left kidney at Walter Reed in 2021 to a stranger in Seattle, kick-starting a chain that catalyzed seven more kidney transplants, the last of which benefitted a recipient back at Walter Reed. In 2022, he ran self-supported across 1,000 kilometers of the world’s worst deserts in Racing the Planet’s 4 Desert Grand Slam series, where he won the leg in Antarctica and finished as the fastest American to ever run the series (with one kidney or two).  His writing’s been featured in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, the Sydney Morning Herald, and in the Salt Lake Tribune, among others. For more, please visit MLCavanaugh.com. 

four star package

Want to stay where the action is and have a VIP weekend experience? With the Four Star Package, runners stay at The Gaylord National Resort, enjoy designated transportation to their start area, gain access to a special pre-event tent, receive a MCM Dining In ticket and more.

Register for the Marine Corps Marathon Weekend

Recognized for impeccable organization on an iconic course managed by the US Marines in Arlington, VA and the nation’s capital, the Marine Corps Marathon is one of the largest marathons in the US and the world. Known as ‘the best marathon for beginners,’ the MCM is the largest marathon in the world that doesn’t offer prize money, earning its nickname, “The People’s Marathon.” The weekend also offers the MCM10K and MCM50K.