Registration for "The People's Marathon" will be conducted through online lottery opening on Sunday, Feb. 23 at noon Eastern. The MCM Lottery will remain open for 21 days before concluding on Saturday, March 15. So there's no need to rush online. Runners age 14 and older are eligible to register for the MCM Lottery. As part of the registration process, runners will be requested to set up a MCM registration account. Mandatory account information includes name, mailing address and email address.  


The 2014 registration fee is $110 with additional items available for purchase including tickets to the Carbo Dining-In, Brooks MCM Training Gear, MarathonFoto discount photo package and the MCM runcoach online training program. No charges will be incurred until a runner is officially registered at the conclusion of the Lottery. A valid credit card is required to successfully complete registration.  


Once the Lottery closes on March 15, participant names will be selected from the entire pool of lottery entrants to fill the field for the 39th MCM. All lottery entrants will be notified via email of their registration status beginning on Wednesday, March 19.  


Successful entrants automatically will be charged via credit card the full registration fee, as well as for any additional purchases. Entries cannot be withdrawn after selection, nor can they be refunded. However, runners may shift an entry to another interested party once the MCM Transfer Program opens this summer.  


Those who register for the lottery but are not selected may still participate in the MCM by affiliating with one of the MCM Charity Partners, beginning in April.


The MCM requires runners maintain a 14 minute-per-mile pace, equating to a maximum finish time of six hours and 30 minutes to complete the Marathon. The 39th MCM will be held on Sunday, Oct. 26 in Arlington, VA and throughout the nation's capital.

In partnership with GEICO, the MCM is offering a limited quantity of early, discounted registrations to the 39th MCM for Active Duty and Reserve members of the military (from all service branches) starting Feb. 19 at 3:00 p.m. Eastern. GEICO supports a 15 percent savings off the full MCM registration cost of $110, enabling military members to pay just $93.50 to run "The People's Marathon." Once the discounted entries are filled, military members will be encouraged to register for the 39th MCM through the MCM Lottery, available online from Feb. 23 through March 15, or with any of the MCM Charity Partners, who will be unveiled on the MCM website in early April. 

The 2014 MCM Event Series kicks off with the Marine Corps 17.75K, a celebration of the year the United States Marine Corps was founded (1775). Participants in the Marine Corps 17.75K will run the unique distance of 11.03 miles through the wooded scenic paths of Prince William Forest Park, located just outside Marine Corps Base Quantico. The 17.75K offers all finishers ages 14 and above guaranteed entry into the 39th MCM. Each guaranteed entry presented at the 17.75K finish has just over two days before access to "The People's Marathon" is revoked at midnight Eastern on Sunday, April 14. The entry fee is $55. Registration opens at noon on Feb. 19 and is expected to go quickly. A link to the 17.75K registration form will be available on the MCM Facebook page beginning at noon, in addition to being posted in several spots on the MCM website.

Runners who have completed at least five MCMs are not only super awesome, but they are eligible to join the MCM Runners Club and receive a guaranteed entry into the marathon for life!


Membership is free and registration is simple ... just complete the online application form. New members of the Runners Club who join annually after February will not be eligible to receive access to the upcoming MCM but instead will begin to receive annual guaranteed entries beginning the following year.

You don't have to wait eight months to experience the thrill of running with the Marines. Boasting the most patriotic start line bathed in stars and stripes, a course overloaded with crowds, a technical competitor shirt and a stunning finisher medal, the Marine Corps Historic Half has become a favorite running destination for motivated runners from Virginia and across the country. Registration costs $65 and opens on Feb. 19 at 3:00 p.m. Runners will want to register before the fee increases to $85 beginning on April 1. The 2014 Historic Half takes runners on 13.1 mile journey from the retail hub of Central Park through the historic downtown streets, up the now famous Hospital Hill to awaiting Marines at the Historic Half finish line. A quick drive of just 50 minutes from DC and Richmond, Fredericksburg hosts the Marine Corps Historic Half -- the best half marathon in history!

The Marine Corps Historic Half presents multiple ways to tackle Hospital Hill including the Marine Corps Historic 10K and the Semper Fred 5K on May 18. Runners can register to participate in Historic Half Weekend by running 6.2 or 3.1 mile courses featuring Hospital Hill, the 200-foot, two mile climb that takes its name from its location on the campus of Mary Washington Hospital, passing directly by the emergency room of the hospital. Both events are point-to-point, but share the same finish as the Historic Half at the Fredericksburg Expo & Conference Center. Registration costs $45 for the 10K and $35 for the 5K.

Held aboard or adjacent to Marine Corps Base Quantico, the Series celebrates the accomplishment of distance running by wrapping each event in a unique experience that showcases the organizational excellence of the United States Marine Corps. In addition to the Marine Corps 17.75K on April 12, the MCM Event Series includes the wildly popular Run Amuck on June 14 and the classic Turkey Trot on Nov. 22. The Quantico Tri, a sprint distance triathlon, will be held on Aug. 24. Experience the grandeur of a MCM-organized event complete with the massive red arches, dancing bulldog mascots, motivating music and exceptional Marine Corps support. The MCM website has all the event information and registration details.

Whether running the Historic Half in Fredericksburg, VA or the MCM in the nation's capital and Arlington, VA, runners should turn to the MCM Online Hotel Desk when making weekend reservations. Runners may begin reserving rooms through this special MCM online service beginning Feb. 19. For Historic Half participants , special rates have been negotiated with Fredericksburg-area hotels including the headquarters hotel, the Hilton Garden Inn , located directly at the start and finish lines. MCM participants will enjoy hotel options in DC as well as near the start in Crystal City or at the finish in Rosslyn. The MCM headquarters hotel, the Hyatt Regency on Washington Capitol Hill , hosts many MCM Weekend events with free shuttle service to the Health & Fitness Expo at the DC Armory.

Be a part of one of the MCM experience by working alongside the men and women of the USMC. Volunteers have fun, meet Marines and enjoy the thrills of event day without having to log any training miles. Join the motivated masses as an individual or a group on the course, at Packet Pick-up, at the start or finish. Signups begin soon for the Marine Corps 17.75K Volunteer Corps.