"The one-mile distance events are a way to create moments of shared joy and accomplishment for families with their young runners," says MCM Director Rick Nealis. "They are also intended for individuals, who might otherwise be hesitant about running, to start down that path with a 'feel good' experience."
“My Dad and I are going to achieve the Distinguished Participant together, and the memories we take home from each of these races is more than enough to keep us happily reminiscing."
The Marine Corps Marathon Organization celebrates the storied history of the United States Marine Corps through running events that bear the name of important Marine Corps dates, terms and iconic battles including the Belleau Wood 8K to be hosted on Saturday, June 15 aboard Marine Corps Base Quantico.
Limited entries are still available through the MCM Charity Program. Runners determined to #RunWithTheMarines can scan the list of MCM Charity Partners to make a connect to a cause. More than 70 charitable organizations hold guaranteed entries into the MCM.
The Distinguished Participant medal is earned for a year of remaining always faithful (Semper Fidelis) to running with the Marines. Here are the four dates and various distances for runners to choose from to meet the necessary requirements to earn this stunning hardware.