Marine Corps Marathon – 2024 Registration & 2023 Results

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Arlington, Virginia, USA October 26-27, 2024 Registration open

The Marine Corps Marathon (MCM) is an annual marathon held in Washington, D.C., and Arlington, Virginia. Started in the year 1976, popularly known as “The People’s Marathon”, the MCM is one of the top 10 biggest marathons not only in the US but also in the world. Runners from across all states of the USA and more than 50 countries participate in the event making the event one of the largest with more than 30,000 participants.

With a mission to showcase physical fitness, promote discipline (of Marine Corps) and generate goodwill in the community, the Marine Corps Marathon is organized by men & women of the US Marine Corps. The Marathon also serves as a way to raise money for a wide variety of charities. Held annually with key calendar events in May (MCHH) and October (MCM), Marine Corps Marathon is an event that doesn’t offer any prize money but instead chooses to celebrate the honor, courage, and commitment of all finishers.

After 30000 registrations were sold out within 2 hours 41 minutes in 2012 (for the MCM), a lottery-based system was introduced in 2014

The MCM, held annually in October, offers 3 main events – the 42.2k Marathon, 50K endurance run, and a 10k. Additionally, it offers a 1mile Kids Run held the day before the main MCM events. MCM also offers to compete in the Trifecta – a unique challenge where runners need to complete all three MCM Weekend distances within the designated timeframe. In order to achieve the Trifecta, runners must run either the MCM or MCM50K live and the other two events can be virtual.

MCM +MCHH combined – Semper Fidelis Challenge: Runners can sign up for this two-event challenge where they have to successfully complete the following LIVE events:

  • At the MCHH in May: MCHH OR the Devil Dog Double in May.
  • At the MCM in October: MCM OR MCM50K in October.

There are other races organized by Marine Corps across the year but those are open only to valid ID card holders.

  • Marine Corps 17.75k
  • Belleau Wood 8K
  • Crossroads 15K
  • Quantico 100
  • Quantico Tri
  • Quantico 12K
  • Run Amuck
  • Turkey Trot 10K

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Marine Corps Marathon

Race Categories, Dates, Registration, Eligibility & Fees

50K Marathon 10K 1 Mile Kids race
Distance 50km 42.2km 10km 1 mile
Race Date  October 27, 2024 (Sunday) October 27, 2024 (Sunday) October 27, 2024 (Sunday) October 26, 2024 (Saturday)
Start Time  7:15 am 7:50 am onwards^ 7:50 am 9:20 am – 11:40am
Eligibility Criterion  18 years & above 14 years & above 10 years & above 5-12 years
Fees – Live/ Virtual  $225 & Up $200 & Up $65 & Up $15
Fees – Live/ Virtual 
(US Military Service)
$180 $160 $52
Registration  Register here  Register here Register here Registration not yet open
Expo Details Venue: Health & Fitness Expo, Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center
Date & Timings: Oct 25 (10am-8pm) & Oct 26 (10am-6pm)

* Details of Eligibility, Registration fees, Race Start time, Expo details, etc. for the Marine Corps Marathon 2024 has not yet been released. Above are details from the 2023 race event for reference
^ Different start timings for different categories of runners

Route/Course Map

Information about the course maps & other details for the Marine Corps Marathon 2024 not yet available. Please check the information from the 2023 event below 

50K Full Marathon 10K
Course Map 50K Course Map FM Course Map 10K Course Map

The MCM 2023 route is a POINT TO POINT course with the below-mentioned Start and Finish points (except Kids run which is OUT & BACK course):

Start Point Finish Point
50K & Marathon Arlington, Virginia, on Route 110 Marine Corps War Memorial
10K National Mall in Washington, DC Marine Corps War Memorial
Kids run North Pentagon Parking Lot North Pentagon Parking Lot

Prize Money

For the Marine Corps Marathon, no prizes are awarded.

2023 and Earlier Edition Results


Important Points

  • Registration is non-refundable but can be deferred or transferred.
  • Water and other refreshments are available at aid stations. Energy gels would also be available at limited aid stations.
  • Medical and washroom facilities would also be available on the route/course as well at the start point/finish line of a race.
  • Time limits are applicable for all the races after which the course would be open for regular vehicular traffic. Following pace times are expected:
    • MCM – 50K : 12:5 min/ mile – 14 min/mile
    • MCM – Full marathon : 14 min/ mile
    • MCM – 10K : 20 min/ mile
    • Pacers are available.

Contact Information
Phone: (703) 784-2225
Fax: (703) 784-2265
Mailing Address: Marine Corps Marathon, PO Box 188, Quantico, VA 22134
Shipping Address: Marine Corps Marathon, 3399 Russell Road, Quantico, VA 22134

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