Like the autumn holiday its hitched too, the Turkey Trot 10K has its own set of traditions. Hosted aboard Marine Corps Base Quantico on Saturday, November 19, the 10K and accompanying one-mile dash will feature the most festive, Thanksgiving-themed event shirts yet again. Past participants have been adorned in apparel featuring an over-sized turkey sketch, a running Thanksgiving dinner and 'be the Turkey' art.
On October 30, thousands of runners summoned the strength and fortitude to finish the Marine Corps Marathon’s 41st annual race. The United States Mint commends all Marine Corps Marathon participants and attendees for making this enormous feat possible. The Marine Corps Marathon is a true team effort: from the dedicated volunteers and sideline supporters who bring energy and encouragement, to the athletes themselves, who commit mentally and physically to run 26.2 miles.
Centrally located near the MCM Expo, packet pickup and the start and finish lines, Alexandria is an ideal spot to enjoy MCM Weekend. Just minutes away from the nation’s capital by metrorail and the National Harbor by water taxi. Old Town Alexandria's rich history, unbeatable dining and diverse shopping options guarantee to delight all.
On October 30, MCM participants will enjoy the beauty our National Park Service provides by simply running the 26.2 mile Marathon course. Over 50 percent of the MCM course runs along scenic National Park landscape to include the National Mall and all of the stunning National Monuments, Rock Creek and Potomac Parkway, Hains Point and the MCM Finish at the iconic U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial.
While I don’t remember it, a 92-year old driver mistook the gas for the break, hit me head on and barreled me through the restaurant until I was pinned to the counter. Now 5+ years later, I am training for my first full Marathon, the Marine Corps Marathon (MCM)!
When I crossed the finish line, I pulled out the picture of Sydney and took a selfie of her and I at the finish line with finisher medal in hand. It was the two of us together that finished the race and accomplished this challenge. After completing over seven half marathons since then and dropping some pounds, we are now training together to run our first marathon which only makes sense to be the Marine Corps Marathon. We do every training run and race together. It's daddy and daughter time that I otherwise don't get to spend with her.
On September 14, the new "Semper Progredi Trail" was dedicated behind MCM world headquarters at Fowler Hall aboard Marine Corps Base Quantico. Semper Progredi translated is "Always Forward." The .35 mile trail was created with hard work by Boy Scout Troop 1145 under the direction of Boy Scout Aeris Taylor, of Springfield, VA, who created the trail for his Eagle Scout Project.
For every runner planning to participate in the MCM, there's a training plan. Some first timers. Some long timers. Some recovering from injury. Some running with buddies. Others running solo. MedStar Sports Medicine, the MCM's proud Sports Medicine Partner, is offering a free power-up for every runner's plan.
It's Back-to-School time for families everywhere. That means adjusting to a new schedule, coordinating after-school activities and recalibrating family time from the ease of summer vacation to the intensity of homework. The endless hours of summer fun quickly throttles down to school days residing behind a desk. Kids need to burn energy and maintain a level of activity. Instill the sense of accomplishment by registering your young runner for the MCM Kids Run.
Uniquely, the MCM recognizes that even the most ambitious plans are sometimes derailed. Schedules change. Conflicts arise. Injuries occur. Reality sets in. Whatever the reason, the MCM offers runners an opportunity to bypass the 2016 MCM and defer an entry to the 2017 event.
On Friday, Oct. 28 and Saturday, Oct. 29, after months of using the feet, runners are invited to use the ears to prepare for the MCM by attending one or more of the MCM Runners Conference sessions. You'll be all ears at these free presentations getting expert insights on a variety of marathon-relevant topics.
MCM Director Rick Nealis was in attendance as Medal of Honor recipient Col. Barnum was honored as the U.S. Navy's new Destroyer became his namesake in a ceremony hosted by U.S. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus. The Arleigh-Burke class Destroyer DDG124, Harvey C. Barnum Jr., is expected to be launched into the fleet in 2024.