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"Fund"raising Totals
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Quick Links
A Note from the Race Coordinator
Packet Pick Up Health and Fitness Expo
Charity Hill/Race Day Tent
Pasta Dinner
Important Runner Info
MCM and Government Shutdown
Water Info-Stay Hydrated

  2013 MCM

"Fund" raising Totals



Top Individuals 

Mark Neilan - $19,216

John Connor - $17,668

Lance Prager - $7,905

George Jozwiak - $7,679  

Kristi Kilhullen - $7,355   


Top Teams 

Excel Fitness 2013 - $66,188 

Yellow Ribbon Warriors - $19,845 

Holy Cross Naval ROTC- $15,580 

Team Go Fasters - $11,147 

Team Two Foot Onions - $10,752




Find out where you stand in your fundraising efforts by going to our team page here.


Thank you for all of you hard work and training!!


*Fundraising totals pulled on 10/15

A heartfelt "THANK
 YOU" to our 2013 Sponsors!!
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"A marathoner is a marathoner regardless of time. Virtually everyone who tries the marathon has put in training over months, and it is that exercise and that commitment, physical and mental, that gives meaning to the medal, not just the day's effort, be it fast or slow.  It's all in conquering the challenge." -Mary R. Wittenberg, President, New York Road Runners Club


Dear Runners,

It is hard to believe that the MCM will be here in less than 15 days! 

This past weekend, many of you have completed your 18-20 mile run and are now tapering off.  Enjoy these next couple of weeks as you taper and let your body rest so you will be strong for marathon day.  


Wear your team shirt with pride.  You are a part of the largest charity team in the MCM. Between our charity slots, already registered runners, and Team Semper Fi (our injured service members), we are over 1,000 runners strong! 


Our fundraising efforts are well on the way, but we do still have a way to go to reach our goal of $775,000.  October 20th is the deadline for everyone to reach their fundraising commitment of $400, if you have not done so already.   Let's crush that $775,000!!


It has been my absolute pleasure getting to know everyone "virtually" over the past few months. I look forward to meeting as many of you as possible marathon weekend.  I will be at the Expo and the pasta dinner.  You are an extraordinary group of people and you should be extremely proud of your accomplishments.  Not only are you training for a marathon, which is a huge commitment in itself, but you are also fundraising for our wounded service members and are helping to ensure that they are never alone on their road to recovery.  Thank you so much for your hard work and dedication. 


Please come by the Expo, pick up your goody bag, and say hello race weekend. 

Elizabeth O'Connell and the Semper Fi Fund Race Team
Elizabeth O'Connell
Race Coordinator

The 2013 Health and Fitness Expo will be held at the DC Armory at 2001 E Capitol St, SE Washington, DC 20003. 
  • Packet Pick up Info -To pick up their items, runners need to download and print their E-Confirmation Card in early October. A photo ID is also required. 
  • Expo Times 
    • Thursday, October 24  4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    • Friday, October 25  10:00 am - 7:00 pm
    • Saturday, October 26 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Expo Location - The Stadium-Armory metro line is the closest to the Expo (Blue & Orange Line). It's exactly next to the Armory.
Please come by and see us when you get your bib to say hello and get your goody bag!



Pre-race, the coffee will be brewing bright and early!  You can drop off your gear before the race.  


Post-race, we will have massages, food, and refreshments.  


Charity Hill is located adjacent to the Netherlands Carillon on the Marine Corps War Memorial grounds overlooking the finish line, or Charity Street in downtown Rosslyn on Kent Street behind Artisphere and the UPS Baggage Pick up.


View the Charity Hill Map and  Charity Hill Layout to find the Semper Fi Fund tent.


Please join us in cheering on our Semper Fi Fund Team! 



Be sure that you have registered!  The pasta dinner is a separate registration from the marathon team registration.   Entry is not guaranteed unless you registered through the pasta dinner registration link. 

We have reopened the registration on There are a limited number of spots available, so register today before they are gone. 


When:  Saturday, October 26, 2013 6:00 p.m. - check in at 5:30 p.m.

Where: Renaissance Arlington Capital View Hotel

              2800 South Potomac Avenue

              Arlington, VA 22202 





  • MCM- 7:55 a.m. - five (5) minutes earlier than last year
  • Wheel Chairs and Handcycles - 7:40 a.m.
  • 10K - 7:55 a.m.
Race Day


For the most up to date information, check the MCM web site 


"The MCM is busy planning the multitude of details necessary for successful execution of the event operations plan.  The organizers remain focused on firing the howitzer at 0755 on 27 October and launching 30,000 runners across the nation's capital and Arlington, VA.  The government shutdown, however, certainly adds a new element to what is already a hectic period in the planning cycle.  Since the shutdown occurred, the MCM staff has been in communication with those partners that are affected and is working to develop a comprehensive understanding of potential challenges to hosting the event.  For the participants, the shutdown may raise questions and doubts if months of training will still result in the receipt of a medal at the Marine Corps War Memorial.  Marines are known for being Semper Fidelis, always faithful.  In this spirit, the expectation is that runners will remain faithful to their training and the MCM will continue to plan diligently for an amazing MCM Weekend." 
*This information taken directly from the MCM web site.




  • WP 1: Eastbound Lee Highway between Wayne and Adams Streets
  • WP 2: Intersection of M and 33rd Streets, NW, in Georgetown
  • WP 3/4: Along Rock Creek Parkway at the grass median south of Massachusetts Avenue ramp.
  • WP 5/7: Independence Ave and Ohio Dr SW at West Potomac Park
  • WP 6: Ohio Drive SW parking area near the end of Hains Point  
  • WP 8: At Madison Dr NW and 12th St NW along the National Mall
  • WP 9: At Jefferson Dr SW and 7th St SW along the National Mall
  • WP 10/11: Army/Navy Drive at the Eads Street auxiliary parking lot. Also supports the MCM10K.
  • WP 12: On Route 110 behind the MCM corrals.  Also supports the MCM10K.
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The Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit set up to provide immediate financial support for injured and critically ill members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families. We direct urgently needed resources to post 9-11 Marines and Sailors, as well as members of the Army, Air Force or Coast Guard who serve in support of Marine forces.    

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