The MCM Audio Experience presented by USAA offers virtual runners the opportunity to hear cheer messages from special guests while running in locations across the country. Runners can even solicit cheer messages from friends and family to play alongside the music or whatever else is in their earbuds.
Every MCM Weekend participant will receive a free MedStar Health exercise band. Look for the bands in the runner packet you'll receive in the mail alongside the official participant shirt and finisher medal.
It may be hard to predict what it will be like to run the Marine Corps Marathon (MCM) solo this year, and you certainly don’t want to underestimate the challenges it may present. You may not have the cheering crowds, the feeling of camaraderie with the other runners you see on the course and the excitement of crossing the finish line, but your virtual event can still be great.
To celebrate the 45th MCM anniversary coinciding with the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Iwo Jima, the MCM has designed the most iconic finisher medal ever. The commemorative medal will feature the filmstrip images of the flag raising on Iwo Jima along the ribbon and actual black sands collected at Iwo Jima.
“Look at your ‘Why.’ I think that is really important. Everyone has their own. Why they're training, why they're putting their bodies through it, why they're taking the time away from their family or other passions, why they're getting up off the couch.”
Each Marine Corps Marathon (MCM) participant had a vision and expectation for October 25, 2020. Participants relish the beauty and excitement of the MCM course and love the experience of togetherness and competition on the grand stage that the MCM provides. We now must grieve the loss of this vision, shift our expectations to fit our current reality, and create a new vision for the MCM 2020 experience.
After completing specific training mileage benchmarks, runners may share their training time and also add a proof of performance image from a wearable or other tracking service. Runners are invited to log in distances they may have already completed so that the entire sequence is tracked.
To prioritize the health and safety of the MCM running community and staff, we’re taking preventative measures and implementing the following safety guidelines for all in-person events to help mitigate the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
"Seven years ago, I was a novice runner, pushing myself to complete a half marathon just so I didn’t have to sit forever at the finish line waiting for my then-boyfriend, now husband to complete the full marathon. Fast forward seven years and now I am a mother of two young children looking to get back into running."
All events for the 2020 Marine Corps Marathon (MCM) Weekend 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.