The 37th Marine Corps Marathon will be run Sunday, October 28, capping a weekend of festivities for runners and spectators alike. The Marine Corps Marathon is currently the fourth largest in the United States, is put on each year to promote physical fitness, and is accompanied by a weekend of activities to that end. The marathon will begin at 7:55 am Sunday morning, and will be televised by Comcast SportsNet beginning at 7:00.
Saturday, October 27
Health and Fitness Expo:
Saturday marks the final day of the Health and Fitness Expo at the DC Armory. Participants will pick up their race day packet, while the general public will enjoy over 200 exhibitors, including food, massages, and access to running experts.
Healthy Kids Fun Run:
From 9:30 to noon, over 3,000 kids will run in the Healthy Kids Fun Run in the Pentagon North parking lot. This event will also offer food and entertainment.
MCM Runners' Conference:
For those who have already registered, the MCM Runners' Conference will take place from 1-3 at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill. Topics include "Intro to the MCM" and "First Time Marathoners' Session."
A carb feed for runners and their families will take place at 6:00 pm at the Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill.
Sunday, October 28
10,000 runners will run in the MCM10K. The race starts at 7:55 am, at the intersection of 12th St. and Madison Dr. on the National Mall, ending at the Marine Corps War Memorial in Roslyn, Va.
37th Marine Corps Marathon:
30,000 runners will run the 26.2 mile course. The start line is located on route 110 halfway between the Pentagon and Arlington National Cemetery. Runners are asked to arrive two hours early, and can arrive via the Pentagon Metro Station on the Blue Line, or park in the Crystal City parking garage and take a shuttle. The start should be exciting for spectators as well, with 54 international flags, a supersonic flyover of F/A 18 Hornet attack fighter jets, and CH-53 Sea Stallion helicopters, and the firing of the M2A1 Howitzer. The race will finish at the Marine Corps War Memorial in Roslyn.
MCM Finish Festival:
This event will celebrate the finish of the MCM in Roslyn. Spectators can track runners throughout the day, link up with friends who have been running the race, and enjoy live entertainment.