Until Virtual Historic Half April 24th
Celebrating the stars and stripes, the Marine Corps Historic Half is the greatest half in history. Runners from small towns to big cities annually participate in this 13.1 mile run during May. As an added challenge, runners are encouraged to plot a course that features a significant elevation spike as an homage to Hospital Hill, an on-course ascent that has stared down runners since 2008 in Fredericksburg, Virginia. All participants receive a spectacular short sleeve shirt and can earn the fresh spinner medal.
Take 5ive and run this virtual challenge that covers 5ive miles. Honoring the motto of the Marine Corps-Semper Fidelis, the Semper 5ive urges runners to remain always faithful to their personal fitness goals and keep running. For beginners, a five-mile run is a perfect aspirational distance as you amp up your commitment to the sport. For long-time runners, five-miles offers enough of a challenge to push for an ever-better PR or to knock out an impressive distance. All participants receive a uniquely designed short sleeve shirt and a spinner medal.
Devil Dog Double
2020 Virtual Devil Dog Double is sold out. Since World War I, Marines have been known as “Devil Dogs.” The name originated from the Germans calling Marines, Teufel Hunden (translated to Devil Dogs), when describing their fierce fighting style. Now you can attack both Historic Half distances with the ferocity of a Devil Dog and run the Semper 5ive + Historic Half to complete an 18.1 mile run in the virtual Devil Dog Double. Both distances must be run consecutively to earn not only the Devil Dog finisher medal but each event’s medal, as well. 1 Day + 2 Distances = 3 Medals. Participants will receive the limited edition Devil Dog Double participant shirt in addition to the finisher medals.
Mission Ready: Historic Half
Get Mission Ready. Runners training for the 2021 Historic Half Weekend events can now be rewarded as they move from Mission Preparedness to Mission Execution. Introducing the new Mission Ready: Historic Half. The virtual interactive event spans multiple weeks prior to the Half and Devil Dog Double and offers three tiers of registration options based on accumulated training miles for runners to complete before their official Historic Half event. Training mileage is logged by the runner and displayed on a virtual map that unlocks digital badges and exclusive content. Getting mission ready, a runner can earn a stunning recognition piece(s) to enhance the main event’s finisher medal.
Belleau Wood 8K
In a wooded area outside Paris known as Belleau Wood, a three-week battle with the Germans in June 1918 would prove to be a defining moment for the U.S. Marine Corps. It was here during WWI that the Marines earned the nickname "Teufel Hunden" or "Devil Dogs.” During June 2021, the Belleau Wood 8K will challenge runners to test their individual tenacity and evoke the aggressive posture of the Tuefel Hunden while running 4.97 miles.
Crossroads Trail 15K
The Crossroads Trail 15K sends participants on a 9.3-mile off-road journey, either virtually or, possibly, in-person. If hosted live, the event will traverse the hills and trails of the “Crossroads of the Corps,” Marine Corps Base Quantico.
Devil Dog Tandem
Devil Dog Tandem invites two- and four-legged runners to team up to accumulate mileage from July 1 to July 5. Run any or all of the five days of this challenge while uploading daily results. Registration is open.
Quantico 12K, 7.46 mile in-person or virtual run in August 2021. A perfect distance at the perfect time in MCM training. Earn a stunning medal and a specially designed participant shirt. Registration to participate in the virtual Quantico 12K will open on April 7, 2021 at 12:00 p.m. noon eastern.
Marine Corps Duathlon
It’s a 10K, split in half with a bike ride in the middle. The virtual Marine Corps Duathlon pushes participants to run a 5K, bike 20.4K, then finish another 5K. An endurance challenge that rewards finishers with an awesome bike shirt and impressive medal. Registration opens on April 7, 2021.
Rolling registration for “The People’s Marathon” will open on March 10, 2021 at 12:00 p.m. (noon) eastern. Registration for the virtual-only event is $55 for domestic participants and $80 for international. Runners must complete the 26.2 miles between October 1 through November 11. Runners earn the world-famous mock neck shirt, runners socks, commemorative bib and Mission Accomplished finisher box. Finishers will earn the Eagle, Globe and Anchor medal.
The MCM10K, currently a virtual-only event in 2021. Registration will open on April 14, 2021 at 12:00 p.m. (noon) eastern. Runners must complete the 6.2-mile distance between October 1 through November 11. Runners across the country and around the world can bring the spirit of the MCM10K to sidewalks, trails or favorite local routes. All runners receive a quarter zip top, runners socks, commemorative bib, finisher medal and the Mission Accomplished finisher box.
The MCM50K is the largest ultramarathon, currently a virtual-only event in 2021 will begin registration on March 10 at 12:00 p.m. (noon) eastern. Runners must complete the ultra-distance between October 1 through November 11. Runners earn the amazing 50K medal, mock neck shirt, commemorative bib, runners socks and Mission accomplished finisher box.
National Pet Day Profile of Teleri and Manda Lorian
This purebred Australian Shepherd rescue dog name Manda Lorian (cool name, right?) ran the MCM Trifecta in 2020.
Introducing the New MCMO Four-Star Diplomat Program
You could be one of the original MCMO Four Star Diplomats. A team of social media savvy runners who are enthusiastic about the sport, participate in MCMO events and identify with the MCMO's mission.
MCM Women Running Through the Decades
No matter what you age you find running – or running finds you – it’s never too late to start. All you need is a good pair of running shoes and the motivation to put one foot in front of the other. Before you know it, a runner is born. Meet six women, all at different stages of life, who started running for various reasons and have been running the Marine Corps Marathon (MCM) for many years, even decades.