December 18, 2023

2024 MCMO Event Calendar

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Dates are set for the 2024 Marine Corps Marathon Organization running schedule and we can’t wait for you to #RunWithTheMarines! There are live and virtual events of various distances for all ages and levels, starting in January.

The Newbie

Hometown Challenge: Sergeants Major of the Marine Corps

Start your year of running excellence in January with our newest virtual event, the Hometown Challenge: Sergeants Major of the Marine Corps (SMMC). Gather four of your running partners to make a team of five and prepare to venture on a historical journey in celebration of the first senior enlisted advisor post created of any of the United States military branches.

On January 1, runners will be challenged to travel 10,523.6 scaled miles (one mile run translates to three miles) through the hometowns of each SMMC. This abstract loop will begin at Tun Tavern, the birthplace of the Marine Corps, and travel counterclockwise ending at the Marine Corps Barracks Washington, the SMMC place of duty. Participants will be able to track their mileage through their haku participant account on a map. As the mileage is accumulated, individuals will receive facts about each SMMC and their hometown.

Same great race, new fresh look!

quantico 12K

Runners can still rise to the challenge at the Quantico 12K, but with a new logo! When the event was introduced, it coincided with a triathlon influencing the water details found in the race’s branding.

The new logo now brings elements of the event’s location – the Marine Corps Officer’s Candidate School. It starts with the campaign cover that sits on the shield. This hat honors the Drill Instructors who push and train the future Marine leaders. Also featured are two swords, an ode to the servicemembers who eventually earn them – the Mameluke Sword worn by Marine Officers and the noncommissed officer (NCO) sword worn by enlisted leaders (E-4 and above). Lastly, the base of the logo is the shield, inspired by the Officer’s Candidate School’s logo.

The Quantico 12K will run on August 24 aboard Marine Corps Base Quantico.

Returning Challenge

Distinguished Participant and Semper Fidelis Challenge

You can once again take on the Semper Fidelis Challenge and/or become a Distinguished Participant in 2024. This year, register for all qualifying events at one time by purchasing a bundle on sale until March 23 or until any of the events sell out.

Those who would like to participate in the Semper Fidelis Challenge as well as Distinguished Participant should register for the DP Bundle and ensure that they are registering for the Marine Corps 1775K, Marine Corps Historic Half and the Marine Corps Marathon. This will allow individuals to be eligible for both challenges.

new challenge

armed forces series challenge

Starting in 2024, the Marine Corps Marathon is now part of a new series featuring the top Armed Forces running events. The line up of events are as follows:

  • Coast Guard Marathon in April of each year
  • Air Force Marathon in September of each year
  • Army Ten-Miler in early October of each year
  • Marine Corps Marathon in late October of each year
  • Space Force T-Minus 10-Miler in December of each year

Aim high and display your grit by #runningwiththetroops. Complete the Armed Forces Series Challenge and earn a coveted series medal. Are you ready to be all you can be? Sign your intent on January 2 to become one of the few, the proud, the mighty and register for each mission on the year you are ready through the individual race entry platforms. Stay ready and rise above! 

Registration for the Marine Corps 17.75K opens on December 31 for military and January 1 for the general public. Registration for all other 2024 events are open now.

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.