More Changes to MCM and MCM10K Courses
The MCM and MCM10K courses are taking a new direction through Crystal City in 2012, eliminating the up-and-back loop along Crystal Drive. For the MCM, beginning in Mile 22 and continuing through Mile 25 the MCM course will introduce a new route . A detailed course description is available on the MCM website as well as printable course maps, turn-by-turn directions and an interactive map.

Look for e-Cards in Early October

In early October, runners will find the MCM e-card in their in-boxes. The digital confirmation includes the runner's bib number assignment and quick link to essential MCM Weekend information. Runners must print the e-card and bring to the Health and Fitness Expo presented by GE to obtain the official participant bib. For those runners unable to participate in the MCM, deferment to 2013 MCM remains an option.  Deadline to defer your entry is September 16.

MCM Runners bRUNch Added to MCM Weekend

For a sneak peak at the MCM finish area, sign up for the MCM Runners bRUNch on Saturday, October 27. Kicking off at 9:00 a.m. at Freedom Park in Rosslyn, the bRUNch begins with a 5K warm up run led by MCM staff and concludes at the Marine Corps War Memorial. bRUNch will be served adjacent to the finish line with a talk led by Bart Yasso, Chief Running Officer of Runner's World. Runners may sign up for the bRUNch beginning September 5. Registered and non-registered runners are welcome. All participants will receive a commemorative bib and limited edition MCM coin.  

Join the Party at the First Timers Pep Rally

An average of one third of the MCM's annual race field is comprised of first time marathoners. Long recognized as the best beginner marathon, the MCM will inaugurate over 12,000 new marathoners in 2012. First timers are invited to charge head first into MCM Weekend at the MCM First Timers Pep Rally on Friday, October 26 from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill. First timers may order off a special dinner menu. Free appetizers will be provided. Cash bar will also be available. A $5 admission fee will be charged for runners and $10 fee for guests. The program will include experts, great music and giveaways including a commemorative first timers pin. Space is limited so secure a spot when registration opens on September 5.
MCM Hosts Two Sessions of Runners Conference
The MCM Runners Conference will be held on Saturday, October 27 at the MCM headquarters hotel, the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill. The conference will consist of two 60-minute sessions. "Intro to the MCM" at 1:00 p.m. will address MCM-specific topics and questions led by Rick Nealis, MCM Race Director. "First Time Marathoners" session will be held at 2:15 p.m. to provide information and last-minute tips as well as reassurance to marathon first-timers. Mark Remy and Jeff Dengate from and Brooks and Clif experts will be featured panelists. MCM Runners Conference sessions are free, however, runners must register online starting September 5 to attend. Registration for both sessions are separate and space is limited. Participants may choose to attend both discussions. All attendees will receive a special limited edition Marine Corps Marathon Challenge Coin provided by Warrior Chip. 

Sign up Youngsters for Healthy Kids Fun Run

The race field for the Healthy Kids Fun Run has been expanded by 20 percent to accommodate the overwhelming interest from running families and area schools. Sign up kids ages 5-12 for the one-mile run held the day prior to the MCM, Saturday, October 27 in the Pentagon North parking lot. School groups are encouraged to coordinate student participation in the event for a chance to win the Healthy School Award.

Run in the Cup! Special Dunkin' Donuts Contest

Dunkin' Donuts, a proud sponsor of the MCM, is making available the unique opportunity for one runner to participate in "The People's Marathon" while wearing the Dunkin' cup costume. The lightweight costume is certain to attract the attention of fellow runners and more than 100,000 spectators lining the MCM course. Think of the great images you'll be able to post to your Facebook page. To enter Dunkin' Donuts Run in the Cup Contest, for the chance to wear the cup costume and receive a complimentary entry to the 37th MCM on October 28, 2012, unregistered runners should send an email by September 10 to detailing why they are the perfect representative to bring the cup to life. A panel of judges will select the most creative, original and unique entry. America Runs on Dunkin' and now you can run in Dunkin'! And remember to look for the Dunkin' Donuts munchkins station on the MCM course at Mile 24.

Finish Line Hospitality Enhanced
After receiving a finisher medal, MCM runners will proceed to the Hospitality Area to receive the FitFul Post Race Recovery Meal containing a proper balance of macronutrients (protein, fats and carbohydrates) and micronutrients (vitamins, minerals and trace elements) from natural food sources. Every portion has been carefully selected to be easily digested - providing rapid delivery to tired muscles with a goal of helping each runner jump start the recovery process. The FitFul packs will include hummus and crackers, pretzels, Dole fruit cups, dark chocolate and dry roasted edamame and a bagel. Additionally, each runner will be presented with a FitFul Recovery Jacket inside the meal box. Unlike the mylar/ foil blankets of the past, the FitFul Recovery Jacket is a reusable, yet disposable, jacket made of fabric with cotton cuffs, a zippered front and hood. Water repellent, yet breathable, it is ideally suited for maintaining the core body temperature and protecting each runner from the elements.

On the Mark with the Clif Pace Team

The Clif Bar Pace Team helps you finish your best marathon ever. They act as a friend, a coach, and a mentor throughout the MCM. Join the Pace team by signing up online or at the Health and Fitness Expo presented by GE on October 25-27 at the DC Armory. Check out pace Leaders Darris, Star, Mike and Lori sharing their passion and perspectives on running a marathon.