Getting around on Metro during MCM Weekend is easy. Service begins at 5 a.m. for MCM runners and spectators on event morning. For easiest access to Metro, purchase a SmarTrip card in advance of MCM Weekend.
To the Health & Fitness Expo: Access the Expo and Packet Pick-up in a new location-the Walter E. Washington Convention Center by utilizing the Mt. Vernon Square station (Green/Yellow)
To the MCM: Take the Pentagon station (Blue/Yellow) to access Runners Village in the Pentagon North parking lot. Signage will direct runners to UPS Baggage Drop and the Route 110 start line in Arlington, VA. The Arlington Cemetery station (Blue) will not open until 8:30 a.m. on event morning.
To the MCM10K presented by Aetna: NEW! The MCM10K start will be located near the Archives/Navy Memorial/Penn Quarter station (Green/Yellow) on the National Mall.

The MCM Pep Rally presented by First Command and hosted by Runner's World's Chief Running Officer Bart Yasso, will gather marathoners of all skill levels to kickoff MCM Weekend. The Pep Rally includes live music, cheerleaders, light appetizers and prizes. Runners can visit and chat one-on-one with experts from Brooks, Innovation Health, Clif Pace Team, the Beef Checkoff Program, TomTom and wear blue: run to remember. Registration is now open. The cost of the event is $10 for MCM runners and $15 per guest. The MCM Pep Rally will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. in the MCM headquarters hotel, the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill, located at 400 New Jersey Avenue in Northwest Washington, D.C.

For a sneak peak at the MCM finish area, sign up for the MCM Runners bRUNch on Saturday, Oct. 24. bRUNch including Schmacon provided by the Beef Checkoff Program will be served adjacent to the finish line with an entertaining talk led by Bart Yasso, Chief Running Officer of "Runner's World." Registered and non-registered runners may purchase a ticket. All participants will receive a commemorative bib and limited edition MCM coin. The Runners bRUNch begins at 10:30 a.m. There will not be a run associated with the bRUNch. All attendees will receive a free 40th MCM commemorative coin by Sirah Contracting, Inc.

Participants may choose from the variety of sessions offered at the MCM Runners Conference presented by Leidos. Free and open to the public, the Runners Conference will be held on Oct. 23 and 24 in the Carnegie Library's McKinley Theater (801 K Street in Northwest, Washington, DC), which is conveniently located across from the MCM's Health & Fitness Expo at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. Sign up for one or several of the expert sessions including:
Friday, Oct. 23
  • Meet Olympian Jeff Galloway - noon
  • MedStar Health - Weatherproof your MCM - 1:15 p.m.
  • MCM Final Prep - 2:30 p.m.
  • MedStar Health - Best Exercises for Runners - 3:45 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 24
  • CNN correspondent Tom Foreman on Assignment: MCM - noon
  • Meet MCM Director Rick Nealis - 1:15 p.m.
  • Runners World Expert Panel - 2:30 p.m.

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 & Fitness Expo to obtain the official participant bib or be prepared to display it on a mobile device. Now is the time to confirm an email address to ensure receipt of the e-Card. Please send any personal information updates to [email protected] with data update and runner last name in the subject line. Please be sure to include date of birth for record identification.    

One three-ounce serving of cooked lean beef delivers 50 percent of your RDA of protein and 10 essential nutrients all wrapped up in a tasty 154 calorie package. Are YOU fueled by beef as a marathon runner? We certainly hope so! Consider joining Team Beef at the 2015 MCM and enjoy the comradery of other beef enthusiasts. A limited number of spots are available so contact Team Beef ASAP! Details here 

While ramping up for the MCM, train with Gatorade- the lemon-line flavored sports drink that will hydrate MCM runners on course. Additionally, the MCM will host four food stations including orange slices provided by Wegmans; Clif Shots; Dunkin' Donut Munchkins; and Jelly Belly Sport Beans. At the finish line, runners will receive a hospitality box including tortilla chips; white cheddar cheese dip; animal crackers; almonds; and a Dole fruit cup.

The MCM Travel Desk offers discounted hotel rates for MCM Weekend with easy access to National Airport or the MCM Shuttles in Crystal City. If you want convenient access to your hotel after crossing the finish line, Arlington hotels are for you. If you want to be close to the Health & Fitness Expo and the national landmarks in DC, stay at one of the fine DC-based properties. Runners are urged to move quickly. The MCM Travel Desk is selling much faster than last year.

Parking Panda, the nationwide leader in online parking reservations, will allow MCM runners, volunteers and spectators to purchase parking passes at convenient locations near the Expo, the MCM start and finish lines and throughout the city. Access Parking Panda services through the transportation page of the MCM website or the MCM App. Be sure to check hours of operation to ensure garages are open when needed during MCM Weekend. Free parking is available in Crystal City at the corner of 23rd and Crystal Drive for the MCM on event morning with shuttles to Runners Village.

Own the finish, literally. Purchase a tote, gear bag or other specially-made products created from the actual banners that decorate the MCM finish line. Stash your training gear or just flaunt your MCM status. The repurposed-banner products are available for purchase and make great gifts to encourage and support running buddies.

With more than 425 million pounds of organic ingredients used - without chemical fertilizers and synthetic pesticides - since 2003, Clif Bar & Company continues its journey to make good food in a better way. Stop by the Clif booth at the Health & Fitness Expo and try a few new flavors, as well as all other products, including CLIF SHOT Energy Gel, which will be on course event day! CLIF SHOT Energy Gel is the fastest way to top off a runner's energy tank during training and racing. Up to 70 percent fewer ingredients than other brands, Clif gives runners just what they need, and nothing they don't. Just ask the CLIF Pace Team, who will have great advice for sticking to MCM goals, tips on nutrition, and information on how to run with a pacer!

Sign up the kids for the super fun running extravaganza held the day prior to the MCM on Saturday, Oct. 24 in the Pentagon North parking lot. The MCM Kids Run presented by Virginia529 hosts young runners ages 5-12 for a one-mile all-out effort that features mascots, Marines and a family festival with healthy snacks, fitness challenges, educational exhibits and exciting activities. Registration is still open and includes a participant T-shirt, awesome medal, snacks at the finish provided by Sodexo and more. 

The happiest runners participate in the MCM. And there's pictures to prove it. More than 500,000. Runners remember to smile for MarathonFoto photographers along the course adjacent to many DC landmarks. More than 12 pictures will be taken of each participant and posted online for viewing or purchasing digital photo packages or products starting just hours after the event. The only thing runners need to do is make sure their bib is visible on the front of clothing.

Celebrate the MCM at the 10th annual MetroCooking DC show, happening October 24-25 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center alongside the MCM Health & Fitness Expo. Mix and mingle with celebrity chefs Giada De Laurentiis, Michael Symon, and Bryan Voltaggio as they headline the area's most delicious event! Enjoy local chef demos, bites from top restaurants, culinary classes, craft beer tastings, shopping from hundreds of specialty food vendors and more! Grab a ticket for this family event and experience a weekend of culinary discovery at Use the $5 discount Code MARINECORPS when purchasing General Admission tickets online.

Track A Runner and Runner Broadcast Service enabling live split data to be transmitted by text, email, Facebook or Twitter will be available beginning in early October...The updated MCM App will be available in October for iPhone and Android devices to amaze and inform runners and spectators...Registration remains available for the MCM10K but is selling quickly... The journey doesn't end at the MCM finish line. Protect car seats from sweat with the SeatBrella� car seat protector. It is the perfect replacement for towels, T-shirts and garbage bags. Waterproof, soft, lightweight, easy on and off, comfortable to sit on, washable and durable. Best feature: It folds to form a pouch for storage. No more legs sticking to leather seats! No more sweaty car seats! The MCM-branded SeatBrella� is available online...Groups of five (men, women, mixed, military, masters) runners may compete in the team category of the MCM. Submit a team entry form to participate in this competition before October 15...Spend $200 or more in the Brooks Official MCM Store at the Expo and receive a VIP Porta Potty Pass for MCM morning (while supplies last). You'll love the flushing toilets, running water, and of course all the Run Happy Surprises. Run Happy...For family and friends not running, encourage them to volunteer.