On Saturday, May 15, 2021 the Semper 5ive presented by Pohanka365 will host runners on a journey through Marine Corps Base Quantico. All participants receive a technical short sleeve shirt. Finishers are awarded an impressive medal featuring an original design inspired by the Historic Half Weekend theme.
The live Semper 5ive will be hosted on May 15, 2021, aboard Marine Corps Base Quantico. The registration fee for the live event is $45.
Those currently registered for the 2021 Virtual event will have access to the live event through a category transfer within their registration account on haku for no additional fees.
Registration includes official event timing/results, a technical participant shirt. All finishers receive a commemorative medal. Registration and any associated purchases are final and not refundable by the MCM Organization or any of its partners. Any updates or changes to your registration can be made by logging into your participant account or emailing MCM Customer Service.
The Distinguished Participant medal is earned for a year of running with the Marines. Distinguished status is open to runners of all ages and ability levels and is the perfect opportunity for motivated individuals to participate in the MCM Event Series hosted on or near Marine Corps Base Quantico. Ambitious runners who seek to earn this coveted title and exclusive medal in 2021 must register for events from four of the five tiers, either in person or virtual. Only one event from a tier may count as a Distinguished Participant qualifier.
Click into the MCM Virtual Expo: May, an interactive part of the Historic Half Weekend starting May 8 through May 15. Visit the vendors, sponsors and merchants who will sell products, promote special offers, share videos and engage with runners.
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 Events 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 date to obtain the required access pass.
The VCC will not be open event morning prior to the event start on Saturday, May 15, 2021.
The Semper 5ive begins at 7:00 a.m. on Range Road behind Diamond Hall located near Dunlap Traffic Circle. Participants proceed north on Range Rd and merge onto Zeilen Road, left on Henderson and right on Barnett Avenue traveling past Historic Barracks on the left that have housed Marines for over 75 years. The course turns right on Martin Street and under the Virginia Railway Express (the same train system that thousands of Marines used in Quantico’s early years) towards Marine Corps University Campus turning right at the traffic circle past Alfred M Gray Research Center and the Staff Non-Commissioned Officers (SNCO) Academy on Broadway towards the Potomac River to the South.
From the Potomac River, the course reverses back to the north continuing through the Marine Corps University campus and on streets that past Marines ran their Physical Fitness Tests for many years. The course returns back to the traffic circle and under the tracks to Barnett Avenue and Range Road before turning right and finishing on Damato Street.
There will be one water point along the Semper 5ive course, at Quantico Municipal Park. Accessible before mile 2.5 or after Hospital Point at mile 3.25.
Each Aid Station is equipped with an AED, oxygen and other medical supplies needed to care for Semper 5ive participants along the course and at the finish. Volunteers from the Naval Health Clinic Quantico and others along with Marine Corps Base Quantico Emergency Medical Services support the runners.
Aid Stations are located:
- Mile 2.6, On River Road as participants enter and exit Hospital Point
- Start/finish at the finish at Diamond Hall on Damato Street
Packet Pick-up for in-person Semper 5ive runners will be held on Thursday and Friday, May 13 and 14 from 9:00 to 3:00 p.m. Marine Corps Marathon branded vehicle will be onsite.
There will be limited event morning Packet Pick-up available at the event site. Runners must bring the official E-Card to Packet Pick-up. E-cards will be emailed prior to Packet Pick-up. Parents may sign waiver and retrieve packets for their children under 18 years of age.
The Semper 5ive will start on Range Road behind Diamond Hall. The event field will be divided into scaled, social distanced start times starting at 7:00 a.m.
The Semper 5ive timing system utilizes a light-weight disposable UHF RFID tag that stays mounted on the runner's bib, embedded in the reverse side. No action is required of runners beyond wearing the assigned bib. The "B-tag" records a runner’s official time, beginning when a participant crosses the start line and concluding as he or she passes the finish. Runners receive their B-tag on their event bib.
There will be no baggage area offered for this event. Runners are encouraged to store any gear in their cars. It's recommended that all participants arrive with plenty of time to spare, so you can drop off any baggage at your vehicle and prepare yourself for running.
Semper 5ive participants can park at any of these locations near the start:
- Clubs of Quantico, 3017 Russell Rd, Quantico VA 22134
- Lejeune Hall, 3250 Catlin Ave, Quantico VA 22134
- Naval Health Clinic Quantico, 3249 Catlin Ave, Quantico, VA 22134
Parking locations are a short walk to the event start area near Diamond Hall.
Please do not park at the Inns of the Corps.
From I-95 North - take Exit 148. Turn left on Russell Road. Proceed 1 mile to gate. Continue 2.5 miles to parking and event area.
From I-95 South- take exit 148. Turn right onto Russell Road. Proceed 3/4 mile to gate. Continue 2.5 miles to parking and event area.
All participants will enjoy hospitality to include beverages and recovery snacks while visiting the Finish Festival booths and activities.
Visit the interactive results including searchable finish times. 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.
Awards for the top three male and female finishers. Awards will be distributed after finisher data has been verified.
Book A Room
By partnering with various hotels throughout the local area, Tour Stafford Virginia is dedicated to making the stay of Semper 5ive participants an unforgettable experience. All hotels are just minutes from Marine Corps Base Quantico and the Semper 5ive course.
Runners may make reservations online at any partner hotel located in Stafford, VA.