The Marine Corps Marathon Organization (MCMO) staff surprised five local runners earlier this month when the team delivered event day supplies and other goodies in person. The lucky recipients ranged from veteran MCM runners to first-timers with inspiring and interesting stories.
In accordance with Department of Defense (DoD) policy, all runners, volunteers, spectators and sponsors requiring access to the base for the MCM Event Series must have an approved ID or Common Access Card (CAC) & TESLIN (active, retiree, dependent, reserve, individual ready reserve) and be registered into the Defense Biometric Identification System (DBIDS), prior to being allowed on Marine Corps Base Quantico.
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.
In 2010, Michelle Kinsella ran her first marathon in honor of her Marine dad Sgt Bob Poulin, and she hasn’t stopped running since.
“I got a package from Fisher House that had a little singlet that had ‘Fisher House’ on it,” he said. “And I thought, well, if I paid $500, I'm going to wear this jersey. So, I pulled it on. I had no idea what it was going to mean.”
“When I saw the opportunity to run the MCM10K, and raise funds directly for CMV awareness, I jumped at the opportunity,”
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.”