Hosted on the same day as the Marine Corps Marathon, Sunday, October 27, the MCM10K start line is located in front of the National Gallery of Art West Building on Madison Drive between 4th and 7th Streets NW. Runners line up facing the US Capitol. The USATF-certified MCM10K course will follow the MCM course around the National Mall to the 14th Street Bridge into Crystal City. There, the MCM10K course diverts from the MCM by making a right onto 15th Street. After arriving at the Pentagon, MCM10K runners will complete their 6.2 miles parallel to the MCM, finishing at the Marine Corps War Memorial. The course includes two water points and two aid stations. Registration is open now.
Registration is closed. All participants receive a technical long sleeve shirt and finishers are presented a stunning medal by a U.S. Marine.
The start of the MCM10K is located at the National Mall, in front of the National Gallery of Art West Building. To access the MCM10K start, runners will enter the MCM10K screening area via 7th Street NW between Madison and Jefferson Drives. After being screened, runners will be directed towards the start line located in front of the Museum.
Opening festivities begin at 7:45 a.m. with the start at 7:55 a.m.
The MCM10K start includes an info tent, porta johns, UPS Baggage Drop-off and a screening zone for access to the start area.
The howitzer will fire at 7:55 a.m. officially sounding the start of the MCM10K. The MCM10K course will remain open until 9:55 a.m. Required Minimum Pace: All MCM10K participants must maintain a 16 minute-per-mile pace
Runners will line up by expected finish time on the start line and will be able to choose their appropriate corral. Bib numbers are not related to corral assignments.
Below are the corral designations which will be labeled by signs in the starting area:
|Expected Finish||Pace Per Mile||Expected Finish||Pace Per Mile|
|under 0:39||> 6:27||1:10 - 1:19||11:17 - 12:54|
|0:40 - 0:49||6:27 - 8:04||1:20 - 1:29||12:54 - 14:21|
|0:50 - 0:59||8:04 - 9:40||1:30 - 1:39||14:31 - 15:58|
|1:00 - 1:09||9:41 - 11:17|
Metro is the most convenient means to arrive at the start of the MCM10K. The Archives/Navy Memorial/Penn Quarter station (green/yellow) is the most convenient. Also, within easy walking distance is the L'Enfant Plaza station (orange/silver/blue/yellow/green).
To exit from the finish area, runners and spectators may use either the Rosslyn station (blue/orange/silver), located in the Finish Festival, or Arlington Cemetery (blue). The Arlington Cemetery station will not open until 8:30 a.m. on event morning.
Runners must maintain a 16 minute-per-mile pace throughout the course. Within the second mile of the course, MCM10K participants should anticipate the arrival of MCM handcycle participants with police escorts. These athletes will be traveling at a high speed and should be afforded the left side of the road for passing. Dogs, strollers and bikes are not allowed on the course.
Location One: At Jefferson Drive SW and 7th Street SW along the National Mall.
Location Two: Near Army-Navy Drive at Eads Street.
Location 1: Jefferson Drive SW and 12th Street SW at the Department of Agriculture
Location 2: Eads Street Parking lot at Army/Navy Drive
- Medical Tents are located on the Marine Corps War Memorial Circle and near the Netherlands Carillion.
- Medical Information tent is located at the intersection of Lynn Street and Fairfax Drive. Medical personnel will track runners and record medical data to ensure timely updates are available to families of runners receiving assistance.
UPS Drop Off
Runners must use the clear plastic bag provided at Packet Pick-up. UPS baggage trucks will be located on the National Mall at the MCM10K start line. A UPS Baggage Sticker will be available for every MCM10K runner. The sticker, which is attached to the runners bib, features the runner's bib number and the assigned UPS truck to be utilized for baggage drop off and pick up on event day.
On event day, runners affix the sticker to a bag to facilitate easy identification. Do not deposit valuable items. Neither the MCM nor UPS is liable for lost items.
After the run, MCM10K participants may pick up a bag in the Finish Festival. MCM10K trucks will be staged on Wilson Boulevard
The MCM10K features a wide variety of musical entertainment throughout the course. From the first mile to the last, runners and spectators are treated to inspiring artists, motivating music and exciting entertainment.
- Band of Brothers
- Fusebox Radio
- Brad Doggett
The MCM10K shares the finish line with the MCM. Adjacent to the Marine Corps War Memorial, runners will pass under the famed MCM arch to receive a finisher medal from an awaiting Marine Corps lieutenant.
After taking a victory photo in front of the Memorial with MarathonFoto, MCM10K finishers receive a hospitality box, Fyffes bananas, bottled water from Wegmans and Gatorade.
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