Newsletters & Media Releases

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Media Releases

Virtual 218-Miler to Mark 30th Anniversary of Operation Desert Storm
October 21, 2020
In honor of the 30th anniversary of Operation Desert Storm, also known as the liberation of Kuwait, the Marine Corps Marathon Organization (MCMO) will host the virtual Desert Storm 218 Miler. Runners ages 10 and up will have the opportunity to complete 218 miles—the approximate distance the Marines covered upon arrival between the main airport in Al Jubail, Saudi Arabia to the middle of Kuwait City. This trek was made from January 17 to February 28, the date the U.S. and coalition troops finally forced the Iraqi army out of Kuwait.

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Virtual MCM10K Event Sells Out
October 6, 2020
More than 8,600 runners from all 50 U.S states and the District of Columbia are now set to run the MCM10K as part of the virtual 2020 Marine Corps Marathon (MCM) Weekend.

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Big Names Added to MCM Audio Experience Presented by USAA
September 28, 2020
The Marine Corps Marathon Organization (MCMO) is proud to once again partner with Motigo to offer all virtual runners the opportunity to hear the authentic sounds of the actual event while running the Marine Corps Marathon (MCM) in locations across the country.

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Marine Corps Marathon and Cigna Present the Military Match Program
September 9, 2020
The Marine Corps Marathon (MCM) and Cigna, a proud MCM sponsor, introduce the Military Match Program for this year’s virtual MCM Weekend events.

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Marine Corps Marathon Introduces New Milestones Program
September 8, 2020
The Marine Corps Marathon Organization (MCMO) is announcing the first of several new digital engagement platforms for runners participating in the virtual MCM, MCM50K and MCM10K between September 27 and November 10.

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7.0-Mile Event to Commemorate 70th Anniversary of the Battle of Chosin Reservoir
September 8, 2020
The Battle of Chosin Reservoir has been recognized as the most brutal in modern warfare by violence, casualty rate and weather conditions. Over the course of 14 days in 1950, 17 Medals of Honor were awarded. On November 14, 1950, a cold front from Siberia descended over the Chosin Reservoir, and the temperature plunged as low as −36 °F. Between November 27 and December 13, approximately 30,000 United Nations Command troops including those from the US (later nicknamed "The Chosin Few") were encircled and attacked by about 120,000 Chinese troops. The UN forces were nevertheless able to break out of the encirclement.

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MCM Organization Hosts First Live Event Series
August 27, 2020
The Marine Corps Marathon Organization (MCMO) hosted its first live event for 2020 on Saturday, Aug. 22. More than 300 runners from 16 states gathered aboard Marine Corps Base Quantico to participate in the Belleau Wood 8K, Quantico 12K and Recon Ruck. An additional 1,600 registered for the virtual version of the events.

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No Live Events for the 2020 MCM Weekend
July 20, 2020
The 2020 Marine Corps Marathon (MCM) Weekend events scheduled for Friday, October 23 through Sunday, October 25 in Arlington, Virginia and the nation’s capital, will shift to virtual-only status due to ongoing public health concerns and the guidelines of local governments.

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MCM and MCM50K Virtual Registrations Opens Thursday
June 30, 2020
On Thursday, July 2, the Marine Corps Marathon Organization (MCMO) will be launching a limited registration for the virtual Marine Corps Marathon (MCM) and MCM50K.

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MCM and MCM50K Virtual Options & New Pace Requirements Announced
June 24, 2020
At this time, preparations for the 2020 Marine Corps Marathon (MCM) Weekend are proceeding as planned. In addition to the live marathon and ultra events scheduled for Sunday, October 25 in Arlington, Virginia and the nation’s capital, the MCM and MCM50K will now be offered as virtual options as well.

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Changes to MCM Weekend Schedule Announced
June 22, 2020
The Marine Corps Marathon Organization (MCMO) today announced changes to the 2020 MCM Weekend schedule by removing the live MCM Kids Run and MCM10K from the lineup of events happening on October 24-25. The MCM10K will now be a virtual-only event. Additionally, the MCM Kids Run has been rebranded to the MCM Semper Fun Mile, a one-mile virtual event for kids to run with their parents or guardians.

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MCM10K Extends Virtual Option to Runners
June 2, 2020
The 2020 Marine Corps Marathon (MCM) Weekend is proceeding as planned for October while implementing safety measures and following the guidance of government and public health officials. In addition to the planned live version, the MCM10K scheduled for October 25, 2020 will now be offered as a virtual event.

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MCMO Reschedules June Events to August
May 18, 2020
The Marine Corps Marathon Organization (MCMO) is rescheduling events originally planned for June 20. Now, the Belleau Wood 8K and Recon Ruck will occur alongside the Quantico 12K on August 22 with corresponding virtual options. Run Amuck will become a do-it-yourself, virtual-only experience. Additionally, the Quantico Tri will be removed from the event schedule and be replaced by a new virtual option.

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Introducing the Marine Corps Historic Half Audio Experience
April 17, 2020
The Marine Corps Marathon Organization (MCMO) is partnering with Motigo to offer virtual runners the opportunity to hear the authentic sounds and actual voices of the Fredericksburg event while virtually running the Marine Corps Historic Half in locations across the country.

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MCM Earns Gold Level Certification from the Council for Responsible Sport
April 13, 2020
The Marine Corps Marathon (MCM) has earned Gold Level Certification from the Council for Responsible Sport, an organization that independently verifies the socially and environmentally responsible work by sports events. This is the second time the MCM has earned gold certification. Previously, the MCM earned Silver Level certification in 2009 and again in 2011, and first earned gold in 2014.

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2020 Marine Corps Marathon Charity Partners Revealed
April 1, 2020
Thousands of motivated runners found out earlier today if they received an entry to the 45th Marine Corps Marathon (MCM) on Sunday, October 25 in Arlington, Virginia and the nation’s capital. Runners who were accepted via the Lottery were notified through email.

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Marine Corps Historic half Weekend Cancelled Due to COVID-19
April 1, 2020
On Monday, the Governor of Virginia, Ralph Northam issued a statewide Stay at Home order until June 10 to protect the health and safety of Virginians and mitigate the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

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Marine Corps 17.75K Cancelled Due to COVID-19
March 12, 2020
Due to the impact and development of coronavirus (COVID-19) and under the guidance of government and health officials, the 2020 Marine Corps 17.75K, scheduled for March 28, and the accompanying Motivational Dinner, have been cancelled.

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MCM Organization to Host Motivational Dinner for 17.75K
February 25, 2020
On Friday, March 27, Marine Corps 17.75K runners and guests can join the Marine Corps Marathon Organization (MCMO) for a night of carbo-loading and motivation at the MCM Motivational Dinner Series at The Clubs at Quantico aboard Marine Corps Base Quantico (MCBQ).

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Special Marines-Only 24-Hour Registration for 45th Marine Corps Marathon
February 10, 2020
On Wednesday, Feb. 19, the Marine Corps Marathon Organization (MCMO) will be launching a special registration for those who have served or are currently serving in the United States Marine Corps and their families.

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Two Alexandria City Public Schools Earn Healthy School Award
February 7, 2020
On Thursday, Feb. 6, the Marine Corps Marathon Organization (MCMO) and MCM Kids Run sponsor Sodexo presented two Alexandria City Public Schools (ACPS) with the 2019 Healthy School Awards. James K. Polk Elementary and George Mason Elementary were recognized at the ACPS February Board Meeting.

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Latest Guaranteed Access Path to the 45th MCM Sold Out
January 28, 2020
More than 3,200 runners from 46 states and eight countries are now set to run 11.03 miles through the scenic Prince William Forest Park and earn "Access Granted" for a guaranteed spot in the 45th Marine Corps Marathon (MCM).

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MCM50K Announced as District of Columbia RRCA UltraChampionship
January 24, 2020
The Road Runners Club of America (RRCA) has awarded the District of Columbia Ultra Championship to the MCM50K for 2020. The 50-kilometer run will take place during the Marine Corps Marathon (MCM) Weekend on October 25, 2020 along with the MCM10K and the full marathon.

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Marine Corps Marathon Issues Third-Ever Lifetime Ban for Cheating
January 17, 2020
The Marine Corps Marathon Organization (MCMO) recently concluded an investigation into the running history of a 55-year-old female participant at both the Marine Corps 17.75K and the Marine Corps Marathon (MCM). The research, including photographic evidence and timing data, indicates that the runner had cheated over multiple years by not running the entire course and then claiming the reward of a finisher.

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