Marine Corps Historic Half

Days Till Event 165
Date of Event 05.19.2024
The Marine Corps Historic Half is perfectly situated halfway between the capital of the Commonwealth in Richmond and the nation’s capital. The hugely popular Marine Corps Historic Half has made historic Fredericksburg a fashionable spring weekend getaway.
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The 13.1 mile run in Fredericksburg, VA on May 19, 2024 at 6:00 a.m. boasts a fantastic finisher medal, terrific technical participant shirt and a start ceremony concluding with the shout of a town crier and the blast of a vintage musket. Registration is now open.

The Devil Dog Double and Semper 5ive will not be returning in 2024.

MCHH runner with marines


It’s the greatest half in history! Run through historic Fredericksburg from the retail hub of Central Park, through quaint downtown shops and restaurants, up Hospital Hill to a finish line bathed in stars and stripes. It’s a 13.1 mile journey with support from the U.S. Marines. Participants must be 14 years or older and able to maintain 17:30 minute mile pace.

military registration

MCMO is proud to honor those who sacrifice for our country day in and day out with discounted Military Registration for the 2024 Marine Corps Historic Half. Active Duty and Reservists should select the ‘Military Service Members’ category. The 20% discount is taken from the event’s early bird price and is applied to this category. Military registration will not fluctuate and will be open until the event is sold out.

Teams competition

Do you have a group of friends, classmates, service members or more that all run? The Marine Corps Marathon Organization is excited to announce the addition of an affiliated-based Teams competition to the live Marine Corps Historic Half. Gather your squad and get ready to take on the mission!

Semper Fidelis Challenge

In 2024, the Semper Fidelis Challenge will once again encapsulate the Marine Corps Marathon Organization’s three premiere events and bring them together in an exciting new way. The Semper Fidelis Challenge will now be available as a bundle! This bundle will go on sale November 18, the date of the Turkey Trot 10K & Mile.

A limited number will be available on a first come, first served basis until March 23, 2024 or until any of the qualifying events sell out.

Runners who qualify for the challenge will complete the following live events:

Finishers will receive all three event medals, plus an exclusive challenge medal. Additionally, individuals will now have the chance to compete for category awards.

Distinguished participant

In 2024, runners can now register for all five event weekends at one time with the 2024 Distinguished Participant bundle. Take on the Marine Corps 17.75K, Marine Corps Historic Half, Quantico 12K, one of the MCM Weekend events (MCM10K, MCM or MCM50K) and the Turkey Trot and earn a special medal!

The Distinguished Participant bundle will go on sale November 18, the date of the Turkey Trot 10K & Mile. A limited number will be available on a first come, first served basis until March 23, 2024 or until any of the qualifying events sell out.

Those who would like to participate in the Semper Fidelis Challenge as well as Distinguished Participant should register for the DP Bundle and ensure that they are registering for the Marine Corps 1775K, Marine Corps Historic Half and the Marine Corps Marathon. This will allow individuals to be eligible for both challenges.

Ambitious runners who seek to earn this coveted title and exclusive medal in 2024 must register and complete one live event of the following tiers:


After registering, some runners determine they are unable to participate in the Historic Half, Semper 5ive or Devil Dog Double. These runners may opt to transfer their entry to a non-registered runner or change events through the Transfer Program. Runners often find transfer partners on the MCM Facebook page. Additionally, the transfer program offers registered runners the opportunity to switch between Historic Half Weekend events.

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The Runcoach training program combines a dynamic app with 1:1 support from a certified coach.  On average, Runcoach Premium customers improve finishing times by 7%.  Take advantage of the discount within registration and run your best on race day.  Coaches Rosie, Cally, Alex & Tom are standing by to help you train right and run your best.  Race participant promotional pricing = $45 flat fee for Runcoach Premium access through race day. (Regular pricing = $24.95/month, $129.99/6-month, $199.99/12-month)

Refundable Registration

Participants who are concerned they may not be able to participate in a Marine Corps Marathon Organization event can pay an additional service fee (14% of all items purchased, excluding event processing fees) for a 100% refund. The service fee will be the only amount not refunded. Refundable registration must be purchased as part of the registration process. Participants cannot go back and purchase once registration is complete.

For more information on the perils covered by refundable registration visit:

Please note, refundable registration does not cover the following:

  • If the participant does not attend the event because they are concerned about the coronavirus (COVID-19) or are self-isolating without a positive COVID-19 test or other non-COVID-19 communicable diseases leading to quarantines or travel restrictions.
  • If event organizers cancel the race.
  • Processing fees associated with items (entry fee, ancillary products, etc.) purchased during the application process.


Between registration and participation, updates to a runner’s personal information may be necessary. Runners may send an email with specific changes to The corrected participant information may require several days before appearing in the database.

iron mile company

Named after the Iron Mines Company, a mining and smelting operation founded in nearby Spotsylvania in 1725, the 82 runners comprising the Iron Mile Company have completed every Marine Corps Historic Half since its inception in 2008.

Membership in this exclusive group must be maintained by continuing to run and finish the Historic Half every year. Since 2017, a finish in the Devil Dog Double also qualifies. The current company is comprised of 29 women and 52 men. The youngest runner is 30; the oldest is 76. Iron Mile members hail from 8 states and the District of Columbia with 23 runners from right here in Fredericksburg!

Each runner in the Iron Mile Company has displayed their dedication and resiliency by conquering the distance virtually in 2020 and 2021 before returning to once again run live in 2022. Who will continue to be Iron Made in 2023?

Suni Edson

Amanda Stift

Trent Runyon

Charles Cook
David Huryk
Andrew Kimmell
Carlos Mendes
Daniel Pannullo, Sr.
Simon Reynolds
Samuel Santos

North Carolina
Mary Castro
David DeHart

New York
Daniel Payne

Paula Banks
Anne Denton

Robert Abbott
Robert Muhlhauser
Beth Muhlhauser

Shannon Riffe-Orca

Richard Agnew, Jr.
Denver Alexander, III*
James Armond*
Francisco Barboza*
Jennifer Bonney*
Kevin Bouffard*
Dennis Bradecamp*
Bob Brammer*
David Bridi*
Christopher Brock
Michael Buck*
Anthony Capizzi
Christopher Cella
Brett Chappell*
Kim Crisp
Vic Culp*
Timothy Daniels
Matthew Denson*
Laurie Dishman
Kathy Early
Rex Edwards
Sharon Firewicz*
Mark Glass*
Jim Gogan
Stephanie Hayden*
Julie Heflin*
Jeffrey Higgins*
Beth Howser
Jack Hyland*
Robyn Johnson
Joseph Kairys
Michael Kimes
Joseph Kingman*
Sandra Latta
Evan Lewis
Laura Linville
Steve Lisco*
Christian Lisco*

Gilbert Macias
Nick Marino
Sylvia Nelson
Lance Nelson
Kerry O’Neill*
Odysseas Pentakalos
Debbie Pereira
Joe Pereira
Robert Platt
Thomas Presecan
Tammy Rall
Anna Sargent
Susan Snead
Joseph Soley
Lawrence Taber
Kelli Tate
Donna Ubben
Gregory Ubben
Vickie Veley
Jerry Warden
Dan Weidensaul
Cindy Whitehead*
Amy Wilmerton
Gary Winch

Washington D.C.
Annie Cocchiaro

*Local to Fredericksburg

Register for the Marine Corps Historic Half

It’s the greatest half in history! Run through historic Fredericksburg from the retail hub of Central Park, through quaint downtown shops and restaurants, up Hospital Hill to a finish line bathed in stars and stripes.