Someday, you will run a marathon.  Someday, you will run Marine Corps.  Following the conclusion of the MCM Lottery Registration in March, runners from across the country and around the world could declare that "Someday is October 25th."  Mission focus is now to reach the Marine Corps War Memorial in the 40th running of "The People's Marathon."  Oprah celebrated her 40th at the MCM. Now, you can be part of the excitement of the MCM on its 40th.   Over the decades the course has changed, shorts got longer and socks got shorter, black & white film has given way to selfies and a few new landmarks have punctuated the horizon of the nation's capital.  What remains constant though is the Marines--ever present along the course to support, motivate and congratulate.  They were there in 1976 for the inaugural running.  They were there just weeks after September 11 and they will be there again in October, when it is your Someday.  Oorah!

No need to wait for the 40th MCM Health & Fitness Expo in October to get your MCM Brooks gear. If you hesitated to purchase the MCM "Mission Focus" or "With Purpose" Brooks training apparel during registration, now's a great time to buy as the remaining inventory has been made available for purchase. Picture yourself training for the MCM in the creamsicle, midnight, navy or mango MCM training shirts designed by Brooks or shielding your face from the hot summer sun in the MCM training cap. Look for an announcement very soon about an early release date for the 2015 MCM Tienken Jacket.

Were you prepared to purchase the runcoach personalized, adjustable online MCM training program, but wanted to wait until you received your MCM confirmation? Was the special offer from MarathonFoto too good to pass up, but you reluctantly held back pending your official registration? Could you taste the MCM-eve pasta dinner, but took a pass until you knew you were part of MCM Class of 2015? Well, now that you're in, go back and get the the online trainer, splurge for the photo package or grab tickets to Carbo Dining In. All are available for a limited time.

On May 27, the MCM hosts Olympian and famed marathon trainer Jeff Galloway for two free marathon training workshops. Through his best-selling books, numerous articles, fitness retreats and training programs around the world, Galloway has coached over 300,000 runners to successful marathon and half-marathon finishes. The "Run-Walk-Run" method Galloway developed has a better than 99 percent success rate. Learn from the man himself, ask your big marathon training questions and embrace Jeff's can-do attitude by attending either of the seminars hosted by the MCM. Galloway will speak at Little Hall aboard Marine Corps Base Quantico during the day and then at the U.S. Navy Memorial theatre in the nation's capital in the evening. More info to come on the MCM website.

If a running partner or motivated friend didn't get into the 40th MCM through the Lottery, spread the word that spots are still available by registering with one of the MCM Charity Partners. Join a charity team to assist in raising funds and awareness by training for and completing the MCM. It is an opportunity to run for causes that support Marines and their families, health initiatives, research efforts and countless more deserving and ambitious efforts.

The MCM Hotel Desk offers specially priced hotel rates for MCM Weekend. If you want your hotel to be convenient to the start or finish lines, Arlington hotels are ideally situated. If you want to be close to the Health & Fitness Expo as well as the landmarks of the nation's capital, stay in a DC property including the MCM HQ Hotel, the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill. Runners are urged to move quickly. The MCM Hotel Desk is already selling at a faster pace than previous years.

Registered runners who find themselves unable to participate in the MCM may transfer an entry to an unregistered, hopeful marathoner. These runners may opt to transfer their entry to a non-registered runner through the event's unique Transfer Program. It is up to the runners to find each other to execute the transfer. The MCM Facebook page is a great way to connect. Beginning on June 12, registered runners may transfer an entry through the online transfer form. A fee of $40 will be charged for this service. Another option is the deferment program, a limited-availability service offering runners access to the 2016 MCM, if they are unable to participate in the 2015 event. 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.

Now registered, everybody's attention has turned to training and preparing for "The People's Marathon." MCM Weekend, though, is only part of the fun. Enjoy the chatter, conversation, networking and motivation of the MCM Community on several social networks. Join 110,000 friends looking for inspiration and information on the MCM Facebook page. Interact and inquire over Twitter. Share images via Instagram-you may see your training pics and motivational shots displayed at the Expo or in other locations during MCM Weekend. Most importantly, as you progress toward your goal, let everyone know you are going to #RunWithTheMarines.

Boasting the most patriotic start lines bathed in colonial stars and stripes, courses overloaded with crowds, technical competitor shirts and spectacular finisher medals, Marine Corps Historic Half Weekend in Fredericksburg, VA has become a favorite spring running destination. Registration is now open for the Historic Half, Historic 10K and Semper Fred 5K on May 17. Both, the Historic 10K presented by Navy Federal Credit Union and the Semper Fred 5K, encompass portions the Historic Half course- including the mighty climb up Hospital Hill, an exhilarating 200-foot incline incorporated into each event.

Run Amuck on Saturday, June 13 aboard Marine Corps Base Quantico is the MCM's mud and obstacle running challenge. Register now for the messiest, muddiest, funnest MCM event featuring four- and two-mile courses, more than 20 wild obstacles, mud pits and authentic down-and-dirty Marine Corps PT experiences.

The 40th MCM proudly has partnered with dermatologist-recommended Blue Lizard, Austrialian® Sunscreen. As you train for the MCM in the hot summer sun, Blue Lizard delivers clinically proven broad-spectrum UVA and UVB skin protection, offering the most advanced, high-quality formulations to provide the ultimate in safe, water-resistant sun protection. Blue Lizard's patented BPA-free Smart Bottle(tm) serves as a valuable educational tool, as it turns blue in the presence of harmful UV rays. That's right. You bring the sun, Blue Lizard brings the magic. We've Got You Covered!TM

You can run, your family can cheer or they can be a part of one of the MCM experience by working alongside the men and women of the USMC as a volunteer. This essential by-choice workforce has fun, meets Marines and enjoys the thrills of event day without having to log any training miles. Encourage your friends and family to join the motivated masses as a volunteer individual or a group on the course, at Packet Pick-up, at the start or finish of the the Historic Half or Run Amuck. They can also sign up to be informed of future opportunities. ...Got an interesting or motivational story about your participation in the MCM? Share the details on the MCM Share-A-Story page... The Quantico Tri is introducing a new open-water swim as part of this year's event on Aug. 22 on Marine Corps Base Quantico, VA. In celebration of this open-water event, the Tri will provide seaweed in post-event hospitality and also, for the first time, present finisher medals. In addition to the open-water swim, the sprint event will include a 12.4-mile bike ride and 5K run. Online registration is open now.