The Marine Corps 17.75K presented by Marine Federal Credit Union course in scenic Marine Corps Quantico base features a 11.03 mile run beginning on five miles of roads over rolling hills and winding turns before entering the Base Trail system to enjoy shaded canopy of trees for a few miles, after mile eight will be some challenging hills before the downhill from mile 9 towards the finish line located at Lejeune Hall.
Event Day Safety
To prepare for participation in live, in-person MCMO events, please note the following mitigation strategies intended to protect runners, Marines and staff. Under new and updated guidance, the MCMO will allow participants to remove their masks during the run. Runners are required to wear masks upon arrival until starting the run and then immediately after crossing the finish line. Runners may opt to wear masks on course and may consider wearing a mask when approaching the proximity of other individuals. When wearing masks, runners are instructed to follow these guidelines:
- Masks must cover nose and mouth
- Bandanas and valved masks are not allowed
- A mask will be provided in Packet Pick-up bags
- A mask will be available at the finish line as well
- Spectators are not permitted at events due to attendance capacity limitations
Compliance supports the safety of all individuals at the events.
In accordance with Marine Corps Base Quantico (MCBQ) policy, all runners, volunteers, spectators and sponsors requiring access to the base for the MCM Event Series must have an approved ID and be registered into the Defense Biometric Identification System (DBIDS), prior to being allowed on base. All individuals, age 18 and above, who do not possess a valid Department of Defense (DoD) issued ID card (CAC - Common Access Card & TESLIN – active, retiree, dependent, reserve, individual ready reserve) must register into the Defense Biometric Identification System (DBIDS) and stop by the Visitor Control Center (VCC) to obtain a visitor pass. Passes can be obtained at the VCC up to 14 days in advance of an event. Plan in advance for any MCM Event Series date to obtain the required access pass.
The Marine Corps 17.75K course begins adjacent to Lejeune Hall and proceeds towards the Marine Corps exchange and turns around just past Marine Federal Credit Union.
The loop course begins with approximately two miles of roadway along the Chopawamsic Creek, where it is rumored John Smith visited in 1607 and was inhabited by Native Americans.
Participants return back on Russell Rd to Basilone Rd, and John Quick before entering the trails. Coming out of the trail system the participants return on McCard Road through the old Argoyle Hills base housing system to John Quick Rd past Butler Stadium then Anderson Ave and Catlin Ave, finishing on Meyers Ave.
Runners must maintain 20-minute miles at the Marine Corps 17.75K.
There will be four self-serve water points along the course, at approximately the miles listed below:
- WP1: Mile 2
- WP2: Mile 4.5
- WP3: Mile 7.2
- WP4: Mile 9
Three medical aid stations will be located along the Marine Corps 17.75K course and in the start/finish area, located outside Lejeune Hall:
- AS1: Mile 2
- AS2: MIle 7.2
- AS3: Mile 9
- AS S/F: Outside Lejeune Hall adjacent to the finish line.
Participants may participate in the Marine Corps 17.75K with hydration packs. All runner and spectator bags brought to the event site will be subject to search.
Participants should use the clear plastic bag provided at Packet Pick-up to store personal items on event day. Check the bag at the Baggage Area near the start/finish location and retrieve baggage from the same location after a successful finish.
The field of participants will be divided into two separate, scaled, social distanced start times at 8:00 and 10:00 a.m.
Due to road closures for the 17.75, all directions will guide runners through Marine Corps Base Quantico from Fuller Rd off US1 or Interstate 95, exit 150. Persons using exit 148 may experience traffic detours and delays after roads close. Roads will begin to close at 5:30 a.m.
From the North: Driving on I-95 South, turn right onto exit 150A toward Triangle/Quantico continue one mile to Fuller Rd. Access Marine Corps Base Quantico by providing credentials and visitor pass if needed. Continue 3.0 miles on Fuller Rd, Continue onto Barnett Ave for 1.3 miles.
From the South: Driving on I-95 North, turn right onto exit 150 for VA 619 toward Triangle/Quantico continue one mile to Fuller Rd. Access Marine Corps Base Quantico by providing credentials and visitor pass if needed. Continue 3.0 miles on Fuller Rd, Continue onto Barnett Ave for 1.3 miles.
The parking areas closest to the start/finish are within the course and closed roads. Participants are asked not to park in lots within the course and or the lots identified as “no parking areas."
Participants are encouraged to park at the identified lots and arrive early.
Follow MCMO Event Parking signs to identified lots listed below.
- Facilities Maintenance Parking – 3252 Barnett Ave, Quantico VA 22134
- Diamond Hall – 3098 Range Rd, Quantico VA 22134
- The Clubs at Quantico - 3017 Russell Rd, Quantico VA 22134 – (Do not use exit 148)
- Prior Service Parking – 7 Zeilen Rd Quantico VA 22134
- Please do not park at Lejeune Hall, Barber Physical Activity Center (BPAC), Quantico Naval Health Clinic Montclair or Crossroads Inn.
All finishers will receive the impressive medal and event day hospitality as they cross the finish line. The medal design will not be revealed until event day.
Awards to the top three overall men & women. Awards will also be given out to the top three male and female in each 10-yr age group. (10-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59 and 60+).
Due to the ongoing health concerns related to the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) and the attendance limits imposed on in-person events, the Marine Corps Marathon Organization is currently not allowing spectators at live events aboard Marine Corps Base Quantico.
We will continue to follow the guidelines of local governments and health officials for all in-person events to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and reevaluate this policy as regulations allow.
- Almost the entire first five miles and the final two miles of the course is on asphalt roads.
- Mile 8-9; will be the steepest climb of the course.