Hometown Challenge: SMMC

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Date of Event 01.01.2024
Gather your running partners for this historical journey in celebration of the first senior enlisted advisor post created of any of the United States military branches.
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Virtual Info

Run dates begin on January 1, 2024. Runners must complete their virtual distance by November 10, 2024, the 249th Birthday of the Marine Corps.

Total mileage: 10,523.6 scaled miles (one mile run translates to three miles)


The event will feature a map accessible through a participant’s haku account. The map will show a runner’s progress as they journey along the Hometown Tour. As participants arrive to a SMMC’s home, they will receive historic facts about that individual and their hometown.

The interactive course map showing exactly where you are located on the course can be found under the ‘Course Map’ tab. View individual or team progress.

Map points:

  • Tun Tavern, Philadelphia, PA (Birthplace of the Marine Corps in 1776 – New York, NY: 94 Miles
  • New York, NY – Hartford, CT: 116 Miles
  • Hartford, CT – Tewkesbury, MA: 106 Miles
  • Tewkesbury, MA – Rochester, NY: 397 Miles
  • Rochester, NY – Youngstown, NY: 97 Miles
  • Youngstown, NY – Cleveland, OH: 223 Miles
  • Cleveland, OH – Imperial, PA: 125 Miles
  • Imperial, PA – Sharon, WV: 250 Miles
  • Sharon, WV – Louisville, KY: 269 Miles
  • Louisville, KY – Memphis, TN: 374 Miles
  • Memphis, TN – St Louis, MO: 284 Miles
  • St Louis, MO – Sabetha, KS: 355 Miles
  • Sabetha, KS – Black Mountain, AR: 323 Miles
  • Black Mountain, AR – Hot Springs, AR: 209 Miles
  • Hot Springs, AR – Waurika, OK: 322 Miles
  • Waurika, OK – Augua Prieta, Mexico: 817 Miles
  • Augua Prieta, Mexico – Houston, TX: 973 Miles
  • Houston, TX – Jackson, MS: 441 Miles
  • Jackson, MS – Laventille, Trinidad & Tobago: 2,370 Miles
  • Laventille, Trinidad & Tobago – Cary, NC: 2,050 Miles
  • Cary, NC – Marine Barracks Washington, DC (Residence and place of duty for the current SMMC): 275 Miles


Participant Bib

Registered virtual runners may download a personal participant bib to wear or display. Bibs are now available.

To Download your Virtual Bib:

  • Log into your Participant Account (username is your email)
  • Click “Your Registrations”
  • Click on your Hometown Challenge: SMMC registration
  • Click “Download Your Virtual Bib”

Connect a wearable

Participants have the option to link their personal wearables to their account to track their mileage and submit results. This should be done prior to starting your virtual event. Log into your participant account to view wearable options.

To sync your wearable:

  • Connect your wearable device.
  • Click on “Your devices” at the top of the screen and click “Connect” under your device.
  • Follow the steps to connect.
  • You will be prompted to log into your wearable device

Submitting Results

Runners are encouraged to submit their results through participant account in Haku.

Results may be submitted via a link to a public page from an app, a screenshot, a photo of a watch or treadmill or directly from a supported wearable device. Ensure to record both distance and time in your submission. Participants have until November 10, 2024 to input their finisher data.

To submit results manually:

  • Log into Participant Account
  • Click “Your Registrations”
  • Click on the specific event registration
  • Scroll to the bottom of registration information
  • Enter total finish time, distance completed and additional information.
  • Enter proof of finish time via link or photo (optional)
  • Click “Save” to complete your submission

To submit results from synced device:

  • Log into Participant Account
  • Click “Your Registrations.”
  • Select the event you are submitting time for
  • Click “Submit Activity” and “Log New Activity.”
  • Select “Add From Wearable.”
  • The data from your device will be displayed
  • Click “Select” to choose an activity to submit as your results.

Finisher Certificates

Finisher certificates will be available starting November 1.

To download your virtual finisher certificate:

  • Log into Participant Account
  • Click “Your Registrations”
  • On the right side, click on “See Your Finisher Details”
  • Click on “View Your Results”
  • Click on “Download Finisher Certificate”

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.