Marine Corps Marathon

Days Till Event 131
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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weekend event schedule

eventdate & timetypelocation
Health and Fitness Expo Opening CeremonyOctober 25 9:30 – 10 AM EDTCeremonyGaylord National Resort & Convention Center
Health and Fitness Expo & Packet Pick-UpOctober 25 10 AM – 8 PM EDT
October 26 10 AM – 6 PM EDT
TradeshowGaylord National Resort & Convention Center
MCM Hall of Fame DinnerOctober 25 6 PM EDTDinnerDoubletree by Hilton Washington DC-Crystal City
MCM Kids RunOctober 26 9 AM – 12PM EDTRaceNorth Pentagon Parking Lot
Armed Forces Championship Opening CeremonyOctober 26 10 AM EDTCeremonySpirit Park, National Harbor, MD
Mission Ready LunchOctober 26 12:30 PM – 2:30 PMLunchMaryland Ballroom, Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center
MCM50KOctober 27 7:15 AM EDT STARTRaceRoute 110, Arlington, VA
MCM10KOctober 27 7:50 EDT STARTRaceNational Mall, Washington DC
49th MCM (Wheels)October 27 7:50 EDT STARTRaceRoute 110, Arlington, VA
49th MCM (Duos)October 27 7:52 EDT STARTRaceRoute 110, Arlington, VA
49th MCM (Runners)October 27 7:55 EDT STARTRaceRoute 110, Arlington, VA
MCM Finish FestivalOctober 27 8 AM – 4 PM EDTFestivalDowntown Rosslyn, VA
Health & Fitness Expo

Health & fitness Expo

october 25 & october 26 at the gaylord national resort & convention center

Move through Packet Pick-up and explore more than 100,000 square feet of exhibits and booths. Admission to the Health & Fitness Expo is free and welcomes participants, family members, friends, supporters, volunteers and general public.

Attendees arrive at the Expo to sample nutritious food, try out the latest exercise equipment, test drive technology, explore recovery products and snap motivating selfies. The exhibit floor features sponsors, charities and vendors offering great giveaways, health screenings, literature and selling the latest products. The Expo also showcases several licensed vendors selling MCM-branded merchandise from apparel to art.

Come to shop, learn or just mingle with this inspiring crowd!

mcm Health & Fitness Exhibitors

The award winning MCM Health & Fitness Expo, supported by nearly 300 military and civilian volunteers, features more than 100,000 square feet of exhibit space. The expo is the ideal platform to launch new products, introduce mobile tours and host demos. Held indoors, this two-day event is free to the public. Join over 100,000 fitness enthusiasts, military affiliated guests and volunteers from across the country and world to celebrate and #RunWithTheMarines.

If you are interested in exhibiting at the MCM Health & Fitness Expo, please contact

mission ready lunch

Formally known as the MCM Dining In, the Mission Ready Lunch is the perfect pre-event meal that will have you fueled up and mission ready for the 49th MCM.

mcm kids run

The MCM Kids Run will be held on Saturday, October 26, 2024 in Arlington, VA. Children ages 5-12 will participate in the one mile fun run. Pre- and post-event hospitality, activities, entertainment, games and mascots make this an unforgettable event. The Kids Run offers families eight start time options between 9:20 a.m. and 11:40 a.m. Registration will open on April 10.

Kids Run with Marine
MCM50K Winner


The MCM50K is the largest ultramarathon in the country and the only one held entirely in an urban setting. Participants share the start line with the Marine Corps Marathon in Arlington, VA directly adjacent to the Pentagon. The MCM50K begins prior to the MCM on October 27, 2024 and runs the entire MCM course with a 4.87-mile diversion at Mile 4.5 after runners cross the Key Bridge from Virginia into the nation’s capital. Registration is now open.


The MCM10K, presented by Navy Federal Credit Union, is hosted on the same day as the Marine Corps Marathon, Sunday, October 27, 2024. Runners begin their journey in the National Mall before running through Crystal City and into the iconic finish at the U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial. Registration is now open.

MCM10K Start 2

MCM Opening ceremony

October 27 7:30 am at route 110, arlington, va

The 49th MCM begins with an adrenaline filled parachute landing as the perfect backdrop for the March on Colors and our nation’s National Anthem.

Participants are treated to a flyover as the sound of Howitzer blasts off officially marking the start of the event.

MCM Start Ceremony
MCM Finish Festival

finish festival

october 27 at 8 AM in downtown rosslyn

The excitement of completing the MCM, MCM50K and MCM10K will be celebrated in the Finish Festival in Rosslyn from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The Finish Festival is a short walk from the MCM finish line, located at the Marine Corps War Memorial.

Downtown Rosslyn hosts the celebration inviting the entire community to enjoy activities alongside runners and supporters with beer, food, music, giveaways and essential post-event services.

The Finish Festival features live music on the Arlington stage, booths and giveaways along Meade and Lynn Streets, Ft Myer and Fairfax Drives and Wilson Blvd.

Stone Brewing

Stone Brewing was founded in San Diego, just minutes from the border. Since then, influence form our southern neighbors has enriched and inspired us on our undying mission to brew bold, flavorful beers. It’s with mucho gusto that we offer our take on a classic lager with the refreshing additions of real lime and sea salt – Stone Buenaveza Salt & Lime Lager. The name is pretty simple: we took “Buena” for good and “-veza” from cerveza. Because we’ve always believed good cerveza is an important part of a buena life.

Register for the Marine Corps Marathon Weekend

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.” The weekend also offers the MCM10K and MCM50K.