Marine Corps Marathon

Days Till Event 187
Date of Event 10.27.2024
Recognized for impeccable organization on an iconic course managed by the US Marines in Arlington, VA and the nation's capital, the Marine Corps Marathon is one of the largest marathons in the US and the world. Known as 'the best marathon for beginners,' the MCM is the largest marathon in the world that doesn't offer prize money, earning its nickname, “The People's Marathon.”
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getting there


Runners and spectators can utilize of a variety of transportation options during MCM Weekend to arrive at event locations in Arlington, the home of the MCM and the nation’s capital.


The Metro will be opening at 5 a.m. on event morning.

Getting around the nation’s capital and Arlington, VA is easy with the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (Metro). Runners are encouraged to become familiar with the Metro map in advance of event morning and be aware of the most convenient stations to access preferred locations. In advance of MCM Weekend, runners and supporters should purchase a Metro SmarTrip card.

  • To the MCM Health & Fitness Expo. Take Metro to Eisenhower station (yellow line) or Van Dorn (blue line), then enjoy a free shuttle to National Harbor. Shuttles will run on Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. and on Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. You can also utilize the NH1 and NH2 WMATA Bus routes. These buses run from King Street in Alexandria to St. George Blvd at Waterfront St.
  • To the MCM Kids Run. Take Metro to the Pentagon station (yellow or blue line), then ride the free shuttle to the start line.  
  • To the MCM10K. The Archives-Navy Memorial-Penn Quarter station (green or yellow line) is most convenient to the MCM10K start. Other nearby options include L’Enfant Plaza (yellow, green, blue or orange line) or Smithsonian (blue or orange line).
  • To the MCM Start. Access Runners Village through the Pentagon station (yellow or blue line).
  • On Course. Smithsonian station (blue, orange or silver line) offers access to the National Mall for a stretch of the MCM course between miles 17-20. Crystal City station (blue or yellow line) delivers visitors to miles 22-23 of the MCM course and miles 3-4 of the MCM10K course. L’Enfant Plaza station (green, yellow, blue, orange or silver lines) takes individuals to the Beat the Bridge location at Mile 20. Arlington Cemetery (blue line) opens on event morning at 8:30 a.m. and is a short walk to mile 25 of the MCM course, mile 5 of the MCM10K course and the official finish line at the Marine Corps War Memorial.
  • To the Finish. Use the Rosslyn station (blue, orange or silver line) to arrive at the Finish Festival or walk to the finish line at the Marine Corps War Memorial.

Event Parking

  • MCM Health & Fitness Expo. Pay parking is available at the Gaylord National Resort and in nearby National Harbor.
  • MCM Kids Run. Free parking is available at the underground lot located at 23rd and Crystal Drive. A shuttle will run from this location to the North Pentagon parking lot from 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.   
  • MCM10K. There is no designated parking location for the MCM10K. Participants may seek locations in nearby downtown DC but are encouraged to Metro to the event start line.
  • MCM. Free parking is available in the underground lots located at the intersection of 23rd and Crystal Drive.

Shuttle transportation

To the MCM Start:
From Crystal City: Shuttles will follow a route from 23rd Street and Crystal Drive in Crystal City to Runners Village in the Pentagon North Parking lot from 4:30-7:00 a.m.

From the Gaylord National Resort: A shuttle will begin running at 4:30 a.m. from the Gaylord National Resort, loading on Waterfront Street, to the Eisenhower metro station (yellow line). From there, runners will metro to the Pentagon station (yellow or blue line).

MCM10K participants staying at the Gaylord National Resort should take the bus to the Eisenhower metro (yellow line) and take it to the Smithsonian station (blue, orange or silver line).

From the Finish:
Rosslyn. Finish shuttles will be located in the Finish Festival on Oak Street and Wilson Blvd will return runners and spectators to 23rd Street and Crystal Drive in Crystal City. Return service will be available from 10:00 a.m. through 5:00 p.m.

Return to National Harbor:  Shuttles will run from Eisenhower Metro (yellow line) to the Gaylord until 5 p.m. on event day.

Drop Off Locations

Runners being driven to the MCM start may be dropped off at Kiss and Run, located at the corner of Army Navy Drive and Fern Street and proceed to the Pentagon North parking lot.

Road closures

All 3:30 a.m. times reflect the closing of the start/finish corridor north of Rosslyn and south of the Pentagon. The initial closing time allows approximately 30 minutes prior to the lead hand cyclists beginning the MCM at precisely 7:50 a.m. The opening times reflects the last “official” runner crossing a particular location plus clean-up.

Straggler buses will follow “Rear Pace” to collect runners who are unable to maintain the maximum pace.

Local jurisdictions will reopen the roads as soon as event operations cease, with the MCM course officially closing by 3:05 p.m.

local traffic

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explore arlington

Whether running or cheering for a runner, there are countless opportunities to experience history, culture and fun in Arlington, the home of the MCM. Experience world-class dining, shopping, sightseeing and nightlife around every corner.


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MCM Hotels

The Marine Corps Marathon works with Jems Hospitality, proud housing partner, to secure the best discounted deals with convenient hotels for MCM, MCM10K and MCM50K participants.

headquarters hotel

The MCM has partnered with the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center to be the MCM Headquarters Hotel.


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.