Transfer or Defer

In promoting physical fitness and generating community goodwill, the MCM seeks to ensure the greatest number of properly trained athletes are on the start line of "The People's Marathon." To that end, the MCM has two unique programs, distinguishing its commitment to the runners from other similar events.

The MCM recognizes that things happen like injuries, business trips, and unforeseeable conflicts. The MCM deferment and transfer policies allow runners to delay participation by a year, switch to a different distance event or give someone else the chance to run in their place.


May 15 2020. The Marine Corps Marathon remains on schedule for October 25, 2020. As planning continues, the MCM Organization is monitoring the guidance of regional governments and health officials with regard to public safety and health.

Please direct questions to


After registering for the MCM, some runners ultimately decide they are unable to participate in a Marathon or wish to switch to a different distance event. These runners may opt to change events or transfer their entry to a non-registered runner through the Transfer Program. The MCM doesn't assist in the identification of individuals to receive a transfer. Runners often find transfer partners on the MCM Facebook page.

Only runners currently registered for the MCM may transfer an entry to another runner. There is a fee associated with transferring between individuals.

Additionally, runners may opt to transfer a Marathon entry to one of the other MCM Weekend events. Entries may not be transferred more than once. Transfers are available immediately following confirmation of a runner's registration status.


There is a $50 (plus processing) fee to facilitate the transfer of an MCM or MCM50K entry. A $25 fee will be charged for MCM10K transfers.

When transferring an entry, runners do not receive a refund on registration fees from the MCM. Any such monetary transactions must be handled directly between the transferring runners. Additional purchases made at the time of MCM registration are not eligible to be transferred to another runner nor deferred to a future registration. There is no fee associated with transferring an entry from the MCM to the MCM10K but this type of transfer is very limited.

Participants transferring to a longer distance event will be responsible for paying the difference in registration fees at the time of the transfer. Participants who choose to transfer to a shorter distance event will not be refunded the difference in fees.

Transfer Options

Runner-to-Runner: MCM, MCM50K and MCM10K registered runners may transfer an entry to a non-registered runner. There is a $50 fee to transfer a MCM or MCM50K registration and a $25 fee to transfer a MCM10K registration. The runner-to-runner transfer program wil be available in 2020.

Event-to-Event: Runners have the option to transfer their entries to a different distance event, as space allows. There is no fee for runners going down in distance. Runners going up in distance will be required to pay the difference in registration fees, plus a processing fee. Event-to-Event transfers will be available in 2020.

Transfer Process

Runners are required to find transfer partners. This is often facilitated by posts on the MCM Facebook page. The MCM doesn't participate in this process. When transferring an entry, runners do not receive a refund on registration fees from the MCM. Any reimbursement of registration fees must be coordinated directly between the transferring runners.

To execute the transfer, please follow these steps:

Runner-to-Runner: To transfer your registration to another person, please contact haku support for further assistance. You can live chat (bottom right side of account), call (844) 299-2087 or email for help.

  • Login to your Haku account:
  • Click 'Your Registrations'
  • Click 'Edit Registration'
  • Scroll and click 'Registration Options' (bottom right side of page)
  • Click 'Transfer'
  • Enter the name and email address of the person you wish to transfer registration to
  • Select the option to pay the transfer fee or to pass on the transfer fee to the new runner, click "Transfer and Pay $" or "Transfer and Pass Fee" (green button).

At this time the original runner is removed from the event and placed in the transfer file. The new runner will receive an email with a customized link to complete the transfer.


  • Log into Haku account
  • Click "Your Registration"
  • Click "Edit Registration"
  • Scroll to "Registration Options" on the bottom right of page
  • Click "Switch Categories"
  • Runner will have option to select different category and pay difference in registration fees accordingly


The MCM makes available to runners the option to defer a 2020 MCM or MCM50K registration to future events happening in 2021, 2022 or 2023. Deferring an entry guarantees a spot to re-register for the selected year by forgoing participation in the current year's (2020) event. There is a $30 fee (reduced from $80) associated with this service. Runners that deferred from 2019 to 2020 retain the right to defer againas needed. MCM10K bibs and any virtual events may not be deferred.

The deferment program will close in September 2020.

Defer Process

To execute the deferement, please follow these steps:

  1. Login to your haku account:
  2. Click 'Your Registrations'
  3. Click 'Edit Registration'
  4. Scroll down and click 'Registration Options' (bottom right side of page)
  5. Select the option to defer your registration to next year and pay the fee.


Runners who deferred an entry from the 2019 to the 2020 MCM must re-register to complete this process and guarantee participation in the 45th MCM on October 25, 2020. These runners will receive an instructional email and re-registration link. Runners must re-register via this link from March 2, noon (EST) – March 13, noon (EST).