Everything you need to know about the Marine Corps Marathon Organization (MCMO)

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The MCM is one of the largest marathons in the US and the world and stands as the largest marathon in the world that doesn’t offer prize money, earning its nickname, “The People’s Marathon.” Learn about some of the most memorable MCM moments and achievements throughout the decades.

mcm hall of fame

Each year, special individuals are recognized for the positive impact they have had in the ongoing success of “The People’s Marathon.”

famous finishers

Supreme Court Justices, Vice Presidents, Oprah! The big stage of the MCM attracts big names.

3:11:001980Clarence Thomas, Supreme Court Justice
3:20:281998Lt. Cmdr. Andy Baldwin, USN, M.D. and “The Bachelor” in 2007
3:23:532006Mike Barz, Anchor, Fox News
3:26:552000Gen. Robert Magnus, USMC (Ret.)
3:30:181983John Edwards, former U.S. Senator, (NC) and VP candidate
3:35:122006Chuck Bell, Meteorologist, NBC4, Washington, D.C.
3:37:202008Adrian Fenty, Mayor (DC)
3:43:241983Charles Gibson, Anchor ABC News
3:49:281998Jessica Cash, Radio Personality, WFLS (VA)
3:58:242007Jean Schmidt, Representative (OH)
4:22:422010Art Smith, Celebrity Chef (chef to Oprah/owner of DC restaurant)
4:29:151994Oprah Winfrey, TV Host
4:30:021998Dr. Jill Biden, Second Lady of the United States
4:35:202001Richie McDonald, Country Singer
4:37:112011Drew Carey, host of “The Price is Right”
4:37:242002Doreen Gentzler, Anchor NBC, Washington, D.C.
4:37:292005Mike Huckabee, former governor (AR) and Fox News host
4:39:011999Steve Buyer, former U.S. Representative (IN)
4:40:052007Kevin Blackistone, sports journalist
4:54:251997Al Gore, former Vice President
4:54:362001Bill Frist, former U.S. Senator (TN)
5:01:002006Harvey Walden IV, Celebrity Fit Club, VHI
5:09:081983Ted Koppel, Broadcast Journalist, former host of “Nightline”
5:25:372023SgtMaj Carlos Ruiz, 20th Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps
5:40:372003Jon Porter, U.S. Representative (NV)
5:46:362022Gen David H. Berger, 38th Commandant of the United States Marine Corps
5:46:431999Ray LaHood, U.S. Transportation Secretary

going green

The Marine Corps Marathon (MCM) is a Gold Level Certified Event by the Council for Responsible Sport. This award is in recognition for our continued commitment to being socially and environmentally responsible as a world-class running event. This is the MCM’s second gold certification from the Council and was the second largest U.S marathon to earn this distinction among environmentally-conscious sporting events.

MCMO Staff

Meet the few, the proud, the MCMO staff.

MCMO “Corps” Values for Runners:

The Marine Corps Marathon Organization (MCMO) strives to offer an enjoyable, well supported, respectful, inclusive, safe and fair competition environment. We depend on our participants to achieve this by upholding the high standard of conduct that the United States Marine Corps is known for. Please help us to provide a rewarding experience for all by adhering to the MCMO “Corps” Values.