March 14, 2018

How Quickly will 11,000 MCM Entries Fill?

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For the first time in five years, the Marine Corps Marathon will open Rush Registration, allowing runners to claim their spot before the Lottery process begins. Rush Registration is an online mad dash that affords runners instant access to entries without the uncertainty of the Lottery. The MCM will make 11,000 entries available through the Rush process.

The available entries will go fast! How fast? Rush Registration will be available beginning at 9 a.m. EDT for 25 minutes OR until 11,000 runners register. Make sure you are quick, as the countdown clock will stop once registration reaches 11,000.

Last month, all 3,100 spots for the Marine Corps 17.75K sold out in just over seven minutes. In 2013, the last time the MCM employed such a registration tactic for the marathon, runners broke the record for the fastest sellout in the history of marathon events when the entire field of entries was claimed in just two hours and 21 minutes.

During registration, runners may opt to purchase a ticket to the MCM’s pasta dinner, known as the Carbo Dining In; order limited edition MCM Brooks training apparel including First Timer products; or get the runcoach training service at a special price.

Everything to know for Rush Registration:

When – Wednesday, March 21

Start Time – 9:00 a.m. EDT

End Time – 9:25 a.m. EDT OR until 11,000 runners have registered. The clock will stop once 11,000 runners register – so make sure to log onto the form promptly to grab a spot.

Where –

For those unable to nab an entry, the MCM Lottery will open at noon EDT shortly after Rush Registration ends on Wednesday, March 21. Lottery Access will continue through noon EDT on March 28. Participants will be notified of their MCM Lottery acceptance results on March 29. Anyone age 14 or above on Marathon day, October 28, 2018, is eligible to enter the MCM Lottery. Remember, runners age 17 and under will receive 40 percent off registration as part of the Next Generation Inspiration Initiative.

There’s also the MCM Four Star Registration. This package offers a stellar bundle of benefits starting with guaranteed entries for up to two runners. This incredible comprehensive bundle includes entries, hotel nights, hospitality, transportation and more! Choose from packages based on length of stay, days of the week and one or two runners. New in 2018 is a post-event celebration tent located at the MCM finish line and a private victory reception on Sunday evening at the Gaylord.

2018 is the year to run with purpose and finish with pride. Get ready to #RunWithTheMarines.

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Register for the Marine Corps Marathon Weekend

Recognized for impeccable organization on an iconic 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.” The weekend also offers the MCM10K and MCM50K.