Marine Corps Marathon

Recognized for impeccable organization on a scenic 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.”

-32 Days

Left until event day October 25th

Update Coronavirus (COVID-19)

July 20, 2020 – The 2020 Marine Corps Marathon (MCM) Weekend events scheduled for Friday, October 23 through Sunday, October 25 in Arlington, Virginia and the nation’s capital, will shift to virtual-only status due to ongoing public health concerns and the guidelines of local governments.

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Start Prepared

Finish Strong

MCM Info

Where is the start? What support is on course? What does 'beat the bridge' mean? What happens at the finish? Our answers give you the confidence you need to run your best. Knowing is half the battle.

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Weekend Events

Celebrations, speakers, running events and good food add to an exciting itinerary for MCM Weekend.

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Advance Prep MCM Essential Intel

MCM Schedule

The MCM hosts events and excitement for runners and supporters to motivate, inspire and entertain.

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Train for the MCM with virtual tools aided by technology or join the fun in a group run hosted by Pacers.

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Course Map

Hosted in the nation's capital with the start and finish in Arlington, VA, the Marine Corps Marathon offers an unparalleled journey through the most recognizable landmarks in our country.

MCM Course Map

Make it Count MCM Mission Details

MCM Photos


​Brotherhood and Charity: Two Worlds Collide for MCM Runner

“Over two years ago, Dr. Darren McKnight, dear friend and 1981 Air Force Academy classmate made a pledge to support my charity and the MCM was his vehicle of choice,” said Garvin. “Last year, Darren ran the MCM for the first time since 1997 and he didn’t stop there. He recruited several other runners including two other 1981 Air Force Academy classmates, Jack Berkebile and retired LtCol Tim Hawes to run with him.”

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​Three Arlington County Public Schools Earn Healthy School Award

Earlier this fall, the Marine Corps Marathon Organization (MCMO) and long-time Marine Corps Marathon (MCM) sponsor Sodexo presented three Arlington County Public Schools with the 2019 Healthy School Awards, after months of delay due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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