Marine Corps Marathon

August 13, 2011

Marine Corps Marathon, 26.2-mile course is one of the largest marathons in the US (4th largest actually), with 30,000 participants and the eighth largest in the world with runners from more than 50 participating countries. The run is held in Arlington, VA, since 1976 and is popularly known as ‘The People’s Marathon”. The course varies slightly from year to year. The mission is to promote physical fitness, generate community goodwill and showcase the organizational skills of the United States Marine Corps.

Active Duty and Reserve early registration sold out in 9 hours on Februrary 23. Those members of the military unable to obtain a spot in the 40th MCM during this limited registration window are encouraged to sign up for the MCM Lottery opening on March 13 or join one of the MCM Charity Partners.

Race Date

Oct 25, 2015


Arlington, Virginia, USA

Event Type

Start Times

Men: 7:55 a.m.
Women: 7:55 a.m.

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Race Website


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Race Registration

The 40th MCM official registration dates are from Monday, 23 February 2015 11:59 AM to Tuesday, 24 February 2015 12:00 AM EST. Runners around the world are poised for the public opening of 30,000 entries. You can register on the official website of Marine Corps Marathon. Individual entry fee is $99.

Course / Route Map

The USATF-certified 26.2 mile marathon course starts in Arlington, VA on Route 110 between Arlington National Cemetery and the Pentagon. The course moves through Rosslyn along Lee Highway before turning on Spout Run and the George Washington Parkway. After crossing Key Bridge into Georgetown between Miles 4 and 5, runners turn right along the renowned M Street.

The runners pass through K Street, 27th Street, I Street, Rock Creek and Potomac Parkway, Kennedy Center, Roosevelt Bridge, Lincoln Memorial, Arlington Memorial Bridge, John Ericsson National Memorial, Hains Point, East Basin Drive, Maine Avenue, Tidal Basin, Independence Avenue, Kutz Bridge, Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial, FDR Memorial, National Mall, 15th Street, 14th and Madison Drive, 3rd Street, Constitution Avenue, 1st Street, Maryland Avenue,  Jefferson Drive, 14th Street, Crystal City, 12th Street South, 23rd Street South, South Clark Street, 15th Street, 12th Street South, South Rotary Road, Route 27/Washington Boulevard and Route 110.

Finally, the MCM course unfurls alongside Arlington National Cemetery then, after turning left onto Marshall Drive, offers a final up-hill challenge to the finish at the access road to the Marine Corps War Memorial and the MCM Finish!

Race Profile / Elevation Map

The Marine Corps Marathon, aptly nicknamed the “Marathon of the Monuments,” offers exciting changes in the 2013 course including a flatter route and new approach to the Capitol.  The most notable change in this year’s course occurs from Miles 6- 9 with runners now traveling north on scenic Rock Creek and Potomac Parkway along roads that are relatively flat. Runners will experience a climb on Lee Highway in the first few miles of the course, but are rewarded with a descent along Spout Run and the Parkway.

Race Tags

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Time Limits & Cutoffs

  • The MCM course will remain open until 3:00 p.m., just more than seven hours after gun time.
  • The required minimum pace is 14 minutes-per-mile.
  • ChronoTrack Timing Systems, Inc. records the results of runners along the course.

Course Records

Men: Jeff Scuffins 2:14:01 (1987)
Women: Olga Markova 2:37:00 (1990)

Prize Money & Awards

  • Gun time will be utilized in determining awards for the top three male and female finishers.
  • There is prize money for this marathon and so it is called as ‘People’s Marathon’

T-Shirts, Medals, Certificates

  • All registered participants will receive participant mock neck shirt
  • Marathon finishers will receive their finisher’s medal

Water Stops & Refreshments

  • There are 12 water stations along the course all of which supply Gatorade. The Gatorade flavor will be Lemon Lime Endurance Formula.
  • There are  food stations which supply oranges, CLIF SHOT Gel, Jelly Belly Sport Beans and Dunkin’ Donuts Munchkins (glazed, jelly filled, pumpkin, old fashioned and cinnamon and chocolate glazed).

Expected Race Day Weather

  • Highest Expected Temperature: 59°F
  • Lowest Expected Temperature: 42°F
  • Precipitation: 20 %

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{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

wendy taylor October 11, 2014 at 4:04 am

when can I sign up for the 2015 marine corp marathon?


Kevin madden September 29, 2014 at 5:00 am

When can I sign up for (2015) marine corp marothon


Dari October 25, 2013 at 10:26 pm

My family and I are going to the Kennedy Center for an event at 3pm. We are coming from Olney Md. Are we going to be able to get there?


diane October 21, 2013 at 5:26 am

When can I register for marine marathon in washington dc 2014


Kelly October 28, 2013 at 12:34 am

Someone just told me registration opens in May 2014. Hope that helps!


carl danziger October 14, 2012 at 9:51 pm

Want to register for Marine corps marathon 2013. How do I do that?


angie October 5, 2012 at 4:33 am

The official MCM website says registration opens for the 2013 marathon in March 2013.


Madhavi September 14, 2012 at 1:46 am

Hi ,
I just finished my half Marathon and i am now ready to register for MCM full Marathon.
Can you please give me details on how to register for MCM 2013.

Thank You


Joergen DK September 13, 2012 at 10:05 pm

I also would like to get some info about the 2013 marathon. I’m getting a Danish ARMY team together… Thanks.


ed curran August 26, 2012 at 8:58 pm

I need information on Marine Corp Marathlon 2013


CATHY May 5, 2012 at 10:53 pm



Jo September 30, 2012 at 8:22 pm

Hi, I am organising a team from Scotland and need information regarding the Marine Corp 10 km for 2013. Help please……


mercedes rivera March 29, 2012 at 10:53 pm

I need more information on the 10k marine corps on october 28 2012


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