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Marine Corps Marathon 2014 - Washington, DC

A Guide to the Marine Corps Marathon and Weekend Events



Start of the Marine Corps Marathon

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The Marine Corps Marathon, the annual race known as the “The People’s Marathon” brings together runners from all walks of life to participate in a patriotic race and a day of family-friendly activities. The traditional Marine Corps Marathon course is 26.2 miles and the MCM10K race also allows runners of all ages to join in a shorter 6.2 mile event. The weekend includes additional events including a Health and Fitness Expo, the Healthy Kids Fun Run, and the Marine Corps Marathon Finish Festival.

See Photos of the Marine Corps Maration

Marathon Date: Sunday, October 26, 2014. Start Time: 7:55 a.m.

Registration:  Public registration was done through an online lottery. The lottery is now closed. 

Additional Marine Corps Marathon events are held from March through November. See the MCM Event Series schedule.

Transportation and Parking

Metro: Service begins at 5 a.m. Participants should use the Pentagon Station to enter Runner's Village in the Pentagon North Parking lot. Spectators can take Metro to the Arlington Cemetery Station to view the start, or the Rosslyn Station to view the finish. For the MCM10K take Metro to the Smithsonian Station.

Shuttles: Free Pre-Race shuttles are available for runners and spectators starting at 5:30 a.m. from the Crystal City, VA parking area to Runners Village in the Pentagon North parking lot. Post-Race shuttles will be parked at the corner of Oak Street and Wilson Boulevard in the Finish Festival.

Parking: Free parking is available in Crystal City at the corner of 23rd & Crystal Drive. Pre-race shuttle service will run from this parking location to Runner's Village beginning at 5:30 a.m. Free parking is also available at all metro stations. For parking for the 10K, see a guide to Parking Near the National Mall.

Marathon Course

The Marine Corps Marathon course will feature a flatter course and a new approach to the U.S. Capitol. The notable change in course elevation occurs from Miles 6 through 9 with runners now travelling north on Rock Creek and Potomac Parkway to Beach Drive and then venturing back along the Parkway on roads that are relatively flat. The course now will send runners along M Street in Georgetown prior to entering Rock Creek and Potomac Parkway on a route that has not been part of the MCM course since 2006. Another slight modification in the course occurs along Mile 19 on the National Mall with the marathon route now running on 3rd Street to Constitution and then directly in front of the U.S. Capitol along 1st Street. Runners will continue to travel adjacent to the Capitol and then head onto Maryland Avenue and back onto 3rd Street capturing views of the Smithsonian Museums and other notable landmarks.

See a map of the Marathon Route

All participants must maintain a 14 minute-per-mile pace throughout the marathon as the course closes seven hours after the start.

Marine Corps Marathon Weekend Events

  • Health and Fitness Expo
    Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014, 4-8 p.m. (Opening ceremony at 3:30 p.m.)
    Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
    Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014, 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
    DC Armory, 2001 E. Capitol Street SE Washington, DC.
    More than 200 booths and interactive centers provide information about health and fitness issues. Race participates must attend to pick up their race materials: the participant bib number, safety pins, souvenir single-use ChampionChip, a commemorative MCM patch, and a goodie bag including special giveaways.
  • Healthy Kids Fun Run
    Saturday, October 25, 2014, 9:00 a.m.-2 p.m.
    North Pentagon parking lot in Arlington, Virginia. Children ages 5-12 participate in the one-mile just-for-fun event. Pre-registration is required. The free outdoor festival includes interactive games, activities and entertainment for the entire family. All participants receive an event shirt, keepsake bib and medal.
  • Marine Corps Marathon 10K
    Sunday, October 26, 2014, 7:55 a.m.
    The course will start at 12th and Madison Sts. on the National Mall between the National Museum of American History and the Natural History Museum. The 6.2 mile run will cross over the Potomac via the 14th Street bridge and run throughout Crystal City and on the North side of the Pentagon to the finish at the Marine Corps War Memorial. The MCM10K is open to runners ages 8 and up.
  • Marine Corps Marathon Finish Festival
    Sunday, October 26, 2014, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
    Rosslyn, Virginia. Runners will meet their friends and family and can enjoy refreshments at the beer garden and Rosslyn’s Restaurant Row. The Marine Corps Base Quantico Party Band and the Mike Corrado Band will perform live on the Arlington Stage. Runners can claim their baggage at the fleet of UPS trucks parked on Wilson Blvd. between Lynn and Kent Streets.

Temporary Road Closures

The following streets along the race route will be closed beginning at 6:50 a.m. and are expected to reopen by 1:30 p.m.:

To Be Announced


Volunteers can register for responsibilities throughout the weekend at the Health & Fitness Expo, the MCM Kids Run, MCM10K, Runners Village, MCM Finish Festival and water points and food stations located along the Marathon and MCM10K course. There also are positions available for volunteers with professional skills such as HAM operators, massage therapists and those with certified medical training including EMTs, nurses and doctors. By selecting "group registration," members of community organizations can register larger numbers of volunteers to work together during MCM events. Several groups return to volunteer at the MCM each year, including Boy Scout and Girl Scout Troops, Arlington County, the Junior League of Washington, numerous charity groups and employees of Navy Federal Credit Union, UPS and Walmart.

Official Website: www.marinemarathon.com

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