What better way to stay in shape and support a good cause then to participate in the Marine Corps Marathon? This unique marathon is currently the fourth largest marathon in the United States and the ninth largest in the world. The mission of the MCM is to promote fitness, generate community goodwill, and showcase the organizational skills of the United States Marine Corps.
The 2015 race field is limited to 30,000 participants but runners will be chosen through an online lottery that opens at 12 PM EST on Friday, March 13 and closes at 12 PM on Monday, March 23. Anyone 14 years of age or older by October 25, 2015 is eligible to enter the lottery.
MCM Pre-Race Events
Start preparing now for the big race with numerous pre-marathon events throughout the spring and summer around the D.C. area.
Marine Corps 17.75K – Saturday, March 28 Prince William Forest Park outside Marine Corps Base Quantico
Marine Corps Historic Half – Sunday, May 17 in Fredericksburg, VA – Run with the marines in the Marine Corps Half Marathon.
Marine Corps Marathon Race Day Events:
Health and Fitness Expo by GE – Walter E. Washington Convention Center
Runners will need to retrieve their race materials at Packet Pick-up as well as have the chance to shop for everything from running apparel and gear to nutrition and training products!
Crystal City Family Festival – Crystal City Station
Enjoy family activities at mile 22 and 23 with a variety of activities including face painting, balloon animals, circus activities and more!
Finish Festival – Meade Street
Celebrate the completion of the Marine Corps Marathon with food, live music, sponsor displays and entertainment.
Enter your name in the lottery to run in the race, or cheer on the runners. Either way, hotels in Bethesda, MD and the DC area will be packed so, reserve your Bethesda hotel room today. Book your room with the American Inn of Bethesda hotel convenient access to the race and DC area attractions. Guests of the American Inn of Bethesda can load up on pre-race carbs with a free buffet breakfast.. Click here to book your Marine Corps Marathon hotel accommodations.