Chet-Tyler Cary of Fredericksburg, Va. surprised his girlfriend, Amanda Willging, at the finish line of the 2018 Marine Corps Historic Half by getting down on one knee and proposing. Willing, who turned 27 last week, was completely surprised and responded with an emotional "yes." Willging was overwhelmed with the moment, having just finished her fifth Historic Half in 2:38:02.
Run Amuck presented by Camelbak is here to thrill athletes, rowdy runners and families with MCM's messiest mud and obstacle event. Are you up for the challenge? The MCM is dishing all the dirt on the massive mud pits along the June 23 course being built on Marine Corps Base Quantico.
Photo tributes of Marine leaders throughout history will be intermingled with images of Marines shared by participants as a way of honoring the service of a loved one. Runners can nominate their Marine or Marines by posting a photo on the MCM Facebook page and sharing that Marine’s inspirational story.
After 66 years, the Mameluke Sword of Colonel James Fowler, founder of the MCM, returned to Marine Corps Base Quantico. The Mameluke Sword is the official sword for Marine Officers. Fowler’s sword will be on display in the lobby of Fowler Hall along with other artifacts, awards and collectables that follow Fowler and the event he founded more than four decades ago.
Even though your family is focused on the final quarter of the school year, it’s never too early to plug an activity into the fall calendar by registering for the MCM Kids Run presented by Virginia529. For parents, there are six big reasons to register early for MCM Kids Run.
After 30,000 runners trampled down the doors of the Marine Corps Marathon during March, individuals who are motivated to run with the Marines, but at a shorter distance, are getting ready for their registrations to open on Wednesday, April 11. That's when sign ups begin for TWO favored MCM Weekend events – the MCM10K and the MCM Kids Run presented by Virginia529.
There is still a way to participate in the MCM through the Charity Partner Program. More than 90 charities seek motivated runners to join them to Run for a Cause. This is a chance to raise awareness, run with purpose and generate funds for charity. These organizations hold guaranteed entries to the MCM in October in exchange for fundraising support. Here are four tips for joining a charity group.
D.C. “Running Pack” members Melisa, Rudy and Kevin Jordan return for their third 17.75K and look forward to their fourth Marine Corps Marathon together. One step closer to reaching their goal of getting into the MCM Running Club so they never miss a Marine Corps Marathon.
Carbo Dining In is MCM’s pasta dinner that pays homage to a traditional military 'dining in' on the eve of the MCM. Just announced- the 2018 MCM Carbo Dining In will feature guest speakers iconic female athlete Kathrine Switzer and internationally acclaimed author Roger Robinson with musical guest "The Singing Trooper."
For the first time in five years, the Marine Corps Marathon will open Rush Registration, allowing runners to claim their spot before the Lottery process begins. Rush Registration is an online mad dash that affords runners instant access to entries without the uncertainty of the Lottery. The MCM will make 11,000 entries available through the Rush process.
So you missed out on a spot in the Marine Corps 17.75K when the event sold out in just over seven minutes. Runners must be aware of these six important dates on the MCM registration calendar while moving on to Plan B in the mission to "secure a spot in the 2018 Marine Corps Marathon."
Todd “Disco” Byers will register for his 20th Marine Corps Marathon on March 1 with other members of the MCM Runners Club. After running his first MCM in 1998, Byers was so impressed that he has continued to participate in the event missing only once in 20 years. “Anytime someone is going to do a marathon, either one-and-done or looking to expand, I tell them to do the Marine Corps Marathon because of the camaraderie and support."
The Distinguished Participant medal is the most limited in release of all the awards distributed by the MCM organization. Ambitious runners who seek to earn this rare hardware should plan to #RunWithTheMarines on four event dates and choose from eight different distances to meet the requirements.
One of the top questions asked by runners on MCM social media accounts is "how can I get into the MCM?" There are numerous answers to that question but the bottom line is- if a runner wants into the MCM, there's nothing to stop him or her from obtaining a spot on the start line.