218-Miles

In honor of the 30th anniversary of Operation Desert Storm, also known as the liberation of Kuwait, the Marine Corps Marathon Organization (MCMO) will host the virtual Desert Storm 218 Miler. Runners ages 10 and up will have the opportunity to complete 218 miles—the approximate distance the Marines covered upon arrival between the main airport in Al Jubail, Saudi Arabia to the middle of Kuwait City. This trek was made from January 17 to February 28, the date the U.S. and coalition troops finally forced the Iraqi army out of Kuwait.

Registration

Registration cost $43 per individual. Each participant will be mailed a stunning medal, gloves, buff featuring Desert Storm design, official results and a digital keepsake bib.

Register Here

Registration and any associated purchases are final and not refundable by the MCM Organization or any of its partners. Virtual registrations are non-transferrable or deferrable. Any updates or changes to your registration can be made by logging into your participant account or emailing MCM Customer Service.

Transfer

Virtual Desert Storm-218 Miler registrations are non-transferable.

Participant Guide

Information on downloading bibs, connecting wearable and submitting progress based on individual or group participation can be found in the provided guides.

Individual Guide

Team Guide

Run Dates

Run dates begin on January 17, 2021. Runners must complete their virtual distance by February 28, 2021.

SWAG

Packages including the medal, gloves, buff featuring Desert Storm design will be mailed to the address participants provide during registration.

Participant Bib

Registered virtual runners may download a personal participant bib to wear or display.

To Download your Virtual Bib:

  • Log into your Participant Account (username is your email)
  • Click “Your Registrations”
  • Click on your Desert Storm registration
  • Click “Download Your Virtual Bib"

Connect a wearable

Participants have the option to link their personal wearables to their participant account to track their participation and submit results. Log into your participant account to view wearable options.

Sync your device under the "Your Devices" tab in your participant account prior to starting your virtual event. Once connected, the activity from your device will sync directly to your participant account.

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 February 28, 2021 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.

Course Map

A map of the region covered by the Marines between the main airport in Al Jubail, Saudi Arabia to the middle of Kuwait City will graphically display progress as well as progressive standings.

The interactive course map showing exactly where you are located on the 218-mile course can be found under the 'Course Map' tab. View individual or team progress.

View Map

Results

Visit the interactive Desert Storm 218-mile interactive results page. View results broken down into 'Individual' and 'Team' tabs. Search for yourself by name on the 'Individual' tab or view team results on the 'Team' tab.

The arrow next to a runner's name offers a drop-down menu providing a clickable link to share results, open an individual finisher page or access finisher certificates. Finisher certificates may be downloaded, printed or shared. Finisher certificates will be available starting February 26, 2021.

View Results

Finisher Certificate

Download a Desert Storm 218-Miler Finisher certificate upon finishing.

To Download your Finisher Certificate:

  1. Go to the Results Page
  2. Click the down arrow next to your name and results
  3. Click “Download Finisher Certificate”