Circle March 7th on Your Calendar

Registration for the 37th MCM opens at 3:00 p.m. (note the time) on Wednesday, March 7.  "The People's Marathon" remains a beacon for motivated, patriotic runners seeking a beautiful course and impeccable organization.  Registration for the annual Marine-orchestrated event includes a coveted participant shirt, event program, commemorative patch, free access to weekend events including the Runners Conference, live results and social media tracking.  Add to those benefits an amazing tour of the nation's most recognizable landscape, support and inspiration from thousands of Marines, cheering throngs of admiring on-lookers and a lifetime of bragging rights to say you "ran Marine Corps."  The 37th MCM will be held on Sunday, October 28. 

Runners Club Members Receive Special Extended Registration

Runners who have completed at least five MCMs are eligible to join the MCM Runners Club and receive a guaranteed entry into the marathon for life.  Membership is free and registering is easy!  Simply complete the online form and the MCM team will verify the application.  New this year, all MCM Runners Club members will receive exclusive extended access to register for the 37th MCM.  This special window will open on March 14 and offer Club members the luxury of skipping the online frenzy that traditionally occurs during public registration.  All members will soon receive an email with registration information.

Working for the Weekend

Months of training, tireless dedication, laser focus on the ultimate mission - complete the MCM.  But there's so much more to participating in "The People's Marathon."  Make the weekend visit to the nation's capital and Arlington, VA extra memorable by planning time to tour as well as attend all the MCM Weekend events including the Health and Fitness Expo presented by GE from Thursday, October 25 to Saturday, October 27, First Timers Pep Rally, MCM Runners Conference, Carbo Dining In and a soon-to-be announced MCM Runners Breakfast.  On April 4, registration opens for the Healthy Kids Fun Run to be held on October 27 and the wildly popular MCM10K planned for October 28.

Wear in the World Contest Needs You

Take a moment to vote for your favorite images or better yet, there's time for you to upload a photo featuring you, a loved one or a friend wearing a MCM mock neck shirt in exotic, iconic or unique places around the globe.  Check out photos of MCM runners in Belgium, San Francisco, Russia, Falkland Islands, Poland and other interesting spots.  Contest closes on February 23 with the winner receiving a MCM prize pack.  So take a moment and rock the vote.
Double Time!  Run with the Marines in May, too
5 year hhDon't wait until October to run with the Corps.  The Marine Corps Historic Half marathon celebrates its fifth anniversary on Sunday, May 20 by taking runners on a 13.1 mile journey from Fredericksburg, VA's retail hub through the historic downtown streets, up hospital hill to awaiting Marines at the finish line.  Boasting a grandiose start line adorned in stars and stripes, a course overloaded with crowds and entertainment, a technical competitor shirt and stunning finisher medal, the Historic half has become a favorite running destination for runners from the Commonwealth and across the county.  Save $15 off the entry fee by signing up before March 14 when the prices escalates to $80.  Register now to run the whole Half or sign up for the two-person relay and run just half of the Half.

MCM to Introduce Amazing Online Training Tool

Looking for direction to maximize your training for the MCM?  Through the MCM website, runners may purchase the all new online training plans designed for people of ALL experience levels from the first-timer to the seasoned veteran.  The multi-platform program offers runners tools to log distances, receive training info via text, earn badges, connect with others through social media channels and so much more.  Don't go at it alone.  Tackle training with this amazing tool.

Run for a Cause with MCM Charity Program

Find inspiration by dedicating your participation in the MCM to a specific cause or organization.  More than 99 different charity partners are already recruiting runners to assist in raising funds and awareness for their missions by training for and completing the MCM.  It's an opportunity to turn your big run into something even bigger.

Share Your Story
Inspiration.  Dedication.  Motivation.  Commitment.  Causes.  Charity.  Remembrance.  Honor.  How did you become the marathon runner you are?  What or who is pushing you to train and run the MCM?  Become a motivating force for others and share your story.

What is This I Keep Hearing about the Runner's World Challenge 

Runners World has selected the MCM as the 2012 event to host the Runner's World Challenge.  Here's an exclusive opportunity for a very limited number of runners to be coached for the 37th MCM by Bart Yasso, RW's Chief Running Officer.  Registration for this training package is available beginning March 5 on the MCM website.  The program includes a 2012 MCM race entry plus 24-hour access to the Runner's World experts.  During MCM Weekend, VIP amenities include a private course strategy session and exclusive access to the Runner's World parties before and after the MCM.