Start Line

The Marine Corps Marathon will begin with wheelchair and hand cycle participants at 7:50 a.m., followed by Duos at 7:52 a.m. and Runners at 7:55 a.m. It is recommended that runners arrive as early as possible before the start time to proceed through the security checkpoint, drop off bags and line up in the appropriate corral.

The MCM start line is located on Route 110 (all lanes) halfway between the Pentagon and Arlington Memorial Drive. Port-a-johns and Baggage Drop are located in Runners Village along Route 110. Additional porta-a-johns are located near the corrals.

Runners Village

Runners Village is the official launching pad for MCM and MCM50K participants. Runners may access the Runners Village Gateway by MCM shuttles from Crystal City, or the Pentagon and Pentagon City Metro Stations (blue line). Essential pre-start support is provided to runners including the MCM Info Tent, numerous port-a-johns, UPS Baggage Drop-off, a water station and motivating music and announcements.

The Runners Village Gateway is located at Army Navy Drive and S Fern Street. Once through the screening point, runners will pass along the MCM Info tent and up the Route 110 ramp. There are several banks of Port-a-johns in several areas along Route 110, as well as the UPS Baggage Drop.

*The Runners Village for the MCM10K is located at the National Mall near the MCM10K Start Line.

Runners Village Gateway Map

Full Runners Village Map

UPS Drop Off

MCM and MCM50K

Located within Runners Village along Route 110 will be United Parcel Service (UPS) trucks staged for baggage drop off. Baggage drop will open at 5:00 a.m. with a hard close at 7:30 a.m. With the new Runners Village, baggage must close by 7:30 a.m. to allow the UPS trucks to clear the roadway for the certified MCM10K course. It is important that any runners who need to utilize the baggage service must drop items at their designated truck no later than 7:30 a.m.


UPS trucks will be staged in the National Mall near the Start Line for the MCM10K baggage drop. Baggage Drop Off will be open from 5:00 a.m. to 7:50 a.m.

All participants will use the clear plastic bag provided at Packet Pick-up. A UPS Baggage Sticker will be available for every participant – runners will affix the sticker to their bag to facilitate easy identification. The sticker, attached to the runner’s bib, features the runner's bib number and the assigned UPS truck for baggage drop off and pick-up on event day.

After their event, runners may pick up their bag in the Finish Festival located on Wilson Boulevard in Rosslyn, Va. Runners are asked not to deposit valuable items at baggage as neither MCMO nor UPS are liable for lost items.

Participant Bibs

Runners are required to wear the official participant bib with the number on front of clothing. The bib and pins will be provided at Packet Pick-up. Participant Bibs include two tear-off coupons along the bottom.


MCM participant bibs will feature either scarlet, gold or green accents to represent the appropriate corral. The color has been assigned to each runner based on the anticipated finish time as input during registration. Runners will only be afforded access to the specific section of start line corrals that match the color on their bibs. Within each color designation are multiple timing options. The corrals will be designated by corresponding color flags displayed on top of towers marking each time option. Runners may always move back to run with a preferred running partner. Moving forward to corrals designated by a different color isn't authorized. However, runners may move within the assigned color to their preferred time. Beginning at 7:55 a.m., the MCM will start in one continuous wave.

Scarlet bibs will be numbers 1 through 9,000. The Gold bibs will be for runners with bibs 9,001 to 18,000. Bibs numbered from 18,001 and up boast the Green stripe.

Below are the corral designations which will be labeled by towers in the starting area:

Expected Finish Pace Per Mile Expected Finish Pace Per Mile
Hours:Minutes Minutes:Seconds Hours:Minutes Minutes:Seconds
2:30 - 2:59 5:44 - 6:50 4:31 - 4:45 10:20 - 10:52
3:00 - 3:29 6:52 - 7:58 4:46 - 4:59 10:54 - 11:24
3:30 - 3:598:00 - 9:07 5:00 - 5:29 11:26- 12:33
4:00 - 4:15 9:09 - 9:44 5:30 - 5:59 12:35 - 13:42
4:16 - 4:30 9:46 - 10:18 6:00+ 13:44

Time Limit

The howitzer will fire at 7:55 a.m. officially sounding the start of the Marine Corps Marathon. The MCM course will remain open until 3:00 p.m., or just over seven hours after gun time.

Required Minimum Pace: All MCM participants must maintain a 14 minute-per-mile pace.

Georgetown Gauntlet (MCM50K Only): MCM50K participants must reach M Street in Georgetown, between mile 4 and 5, by 8:18 a.m. Any runners who do not make the time cut off will not complete the MCM50K extension and will be diverted onto the marathon course.

DC Gauntlet: At mile 17, MCM participants will reach “the DC Gauntlet.” Those runners who do not make it through the DC Gauntlet by 12:33 p.m. will be diverted from the certified Marathon course at Independence Avenue to 14th Street and may continue running but will not complete the 26.2-mile course. These individuals will not be recognized as official finishers.

Beat the Bridge: All MCM participants who have made it through the Gauntlet must still continue to maintain a 14 minute-per-mile pace. To “Beat the Bridge” means to reach 14th & D Street by 1:15 p.m., just before Mile Marker 20 of the MCM course. Even after this point, runners must continue to maintain a 14 minute-per-mile pace.

After 1:15 p.m., the 14th Street Bridge will reopen to vehicular traffic making it unavailable to runners. Any runners unable to “Beat the Bridge” will be required to board straggler buses and be transported to the MCM Finish Festival in Rosslyn, VA.

Crystal City Gauntlet: At mile 22, participants must enter Crystal City before 1:49 p.m. to continue the MCM. Just like the DC Gauntlet, those participants unable to make it to this final timing check point will be diverted from the certified course and may continue running but will not complete the entire 26.2 miles nor be considered an official finisher.

Runners, who are unable to maintain the minimum pace and don’t reach the Gauntlets or Beat the Bridge by the time requirements, must board the straggler shuttle buses to be safely driven to the finish area as roadways are reopened for vehicular traffic. It is requested that when asked by a Marine or a law enforcement officer to board the bus, runners not hesitate or protest. This process is for the safety of all runners and Marines along the course. Machinery and large vehicles will be following close behind these shuttles to clean and reopen the roadways to vehicles.

Pace Teams

The MCM and MCM50K welcomes the Marathon Maniacs Pace Team to provide the valuable service of guiding runners to the finish with a specific time goal.

MCM. There will be two pacers for the following times: 3:10, 3:20, 3:30, 3:40, 3:50, 4:00, 4:15, 4:30, 4:45, 5:00, 5:15, 5:30, 5:45 and a final group to “Beat the Bridge.”

MCM50K. There will be two pacers for the following times: 4:30, 5:00, 5:30, 6:00 and 6:30.

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ChronoTrack Timing Systems, Inc. records the results of runners along the course. The 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 a runner 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, as well as split times at various locations along the course. Runners receive their B-tag on their race bib.

Gun time will be utilized in determining awards for the top three male and female finishers. All other awards are calculated by chip time.