While there are no timing qualifications necessary to run in the MCM, there is a strict pace requirement to maintain participation in the event. All runners must maintain a 14 minute-per-mile pace to "Beat the Bridge," just after mile marker 20. The 14th Street
Bridge will reopen to vehicular traffic making it unavailable to runners after 1:15 p.m. Any runners unable to "Beat the Bridge" will be required to board the straggler buses and be driven to the event finish area. Also worthy of note, the official start times are 7:40 for wheelchairs and handcycles and 7:55 for the runners. The course will close at 3:00 p.m. The "Gauntlet," a timed check-point at mile 17.5 employed in previous years, will not be enforced in 2014.

Registered runners who find themselves unable to participate in the MCM may transfer an entry to an unregistered, hopeful marathoner. It is up to the runners to find each other to execute the transfer. The MCM Facebook page is a great way to connect. If the distance has become the issue, registered marathon runners may opt to run the MCM10K by shifting their entry from the MCM to the 6.2 mile event. The transfer program opens on June 11. A fee of $40 will be charged for this service. Another option is the deferment program, a capped service offering a limited number of spaces for runners wishing to participate in 2015 instead of 2014. The MCM's limited deferment option will be available beginning August 1 and will conclude when the program reaches capacity. The fee to defer is $60. Procedures, deadlines and fees for both options are provided on the MCM Transfer webpage. As a reminder, access to the MCM is still available through the MCM Charity Program.

The MCM10K presented by Aetna is a big time run around the Mall to the inspirational finish at the Marine Corps War Memorial. Mix in thousands of wild spectators, the Capitol, "Beat the Bridge" and a colorful run through Crystal City. The MCM10K on October 26 hosts nearly 10,000 participants. Registration opens on May 21 so tell running friends to move quickly for a spot in the "Six-Mile Haul from the Mall."

The MCM Kids Run is a one-mile run for children ages 5-12 on October 25, the day prior to the MCM. Every kid gets a medal, shirt and healthy snacks. As part of the fun, the Pentagon North parking lot is transformed into a family fitness festival including mascots, exciting activities, physical challenges and cool exhibits from Silver Diner, Sodexo, Watermelon.org and more! Even though you are still figuring out your summer camp schedule, take time to register after May 21st and make sure your kids are part of a great day.

Special edition MCM training shirts and running caps by Brooks are available in limited quantities. In the bold colors of electric, caribbean and traditional black, MCM shirts boasts the "Mission Focus" motivational slogan with the MCM logo. Get in gear and showcase the dedication, desire and commitment it takes to run "The People's Marathon."

Looking for an online coaching plan that is personalized and dynamic? Has the ability to sync miles with a GPS enabled app? Adjusts workouts as you progress? Has qualified coaches to answer questions? The MCM runcoach program is for you. For just $20 get 20 weeks of training-a savings of 80 percent for MCM trainees.

The MCM-eve pasta dinner, known as the Carbo Dining-In, takes place on Saturday, October 25 at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill. Great entertainment, motivational speakers, carbs galore and genuine camaraderie fill the room. Grab seats for
you and your support crew now but act fast, limited tickets remain.