Marine Corps Marathon
Arlington, VA USA
Sunday, October 27, 2013

Marine Corps Marathon Information

Packet Pick-Up
Runners will need to retrieve their race materials at Packet Pick- up, part of the MCM Health and Fitness Expo. The packet includes the participant bib number, safety pins, a commemorative MCM patch, and a goodie bag including special giveaways and offers as well as the informative race program. Runners will then proceed to the Health and Fitness Expo to receive their coveted mock neck participant shirt.

To pick up a packet, runners need to download and print their E-Confirmation Card in early September. A photo ID is also required. Runners are highly encouraged to pick up their own race packet, to verify information and prevent race day hassles. However, if a participant must have a friend or family member pick up the packet, they will need the following: a letter from the runner giving permission for someone else to receive the packet, the E-Confirmation card, and the ID of the person picking up the packet.

Packet Pick-up is located outside the DC Armory in the Packet Pick-up Tent.

The USATF certified course starts in Arlington, VA, and winds its way through Rosslyn along Lee Highway before turning on Spout Run and the George Washington Parkway. Runners will experience a climb on Lee Highway in the first few miles of the new course, but are rewarded with a descent along Spout Run and the parkway. After crossing the Key Bridge into Georgetown, runners will be on familiar territory through the District of Columbia. The course passes the Kennedy Center before entering the National Mall and numerous monuments, memorials and landmarks, such as, the Lincoln, FDR, Korean War and Vietnam Veteran's memorials, Washington Monument, and the U.S. Capitol. The marathon once again returns to Hains Point and "the Awakening" in East Potomac Park before passing the Jefferson Memorial. After crossing the 14th Street Bridge back to Virginia, runners will venture to Crystal City, return past the Pentagon and finish at the Marine Corps War Memorial. It is truly a beautiful course and aptly nicknamed "The Marathon of the Monuments."

TAKE METRO: Service begins at 5 a.m. for MCM runners and spectators on race morning. Marathon runners take Metro's Arlington Cemetery (blue line) to go directly to the start line or Pentagon (blue or yellow line) to enter Runner's Village in the Pentagon North Parking lot and pre-race UPS Baggage Drop off. Metro one-day passes will be on sale at the MCM Runners' Expo.

PARKING: Free parking is available in Crystal City at the corner of 23rd & Crystal Drive. Pre-race shuttle service from this parking location to Runner's Village begins at 5:30 a.m. Additionally, runners coming from Virginia may wish to park at the Vienna Metro Station parking deck and take a short Metro ride to the event. Post-race shuttles will return to both locations (Crystal City and Vienna Metro).

The Marine Corps Marathon will utilize a two-wave start system. Runners with the scarlet striped bib numbered 1 through 15,999 will line up in corrals 1 through 15 corresponding to their bib number. Runners with the gold star bib numbered 16,000 through 34,000 will line up behind the red wave.

Wheelchairs and handcranks will begin at 8:15 a.m. followed by Scarlet wave runners at 8:25 a.m. and Gold wave runners at 8:40 a.m.

The two-wave system is designed to help make the MCM a safe and enjoyable event for all. And don't worry- the wave system will not affect a runner's official finish time thanks to ChampionChip technology. The runners true finish time will be recorded after crossing the start mat and reflected in the chip score available after the marathon. However, gun time will be utilized in determining awards for the top three male and female finishers. All other awards are calculated by chip time. All runners regardless of wave will be required to maintain a 14 minute per mile pace in order to Beat the Bridge (the 1:45 p.m. reopening of the 14th Street Bridge at mile 20 of the course).

Trying to reach a time goal? Run with the ClifBar Pace Team. Sign up at the Expo for pace groups with the following expected finish times: 3:10, 3:20, 3:30, 3:40, 3:50, 4:00, 4:30, 5:00, 5:00, 5:30.

After crossing the finish line, beaming with pride, runners often wonder what happens next? At times, the finish line can be crowded with as many as 100 finishers per minute so its best to know what to expect. Marathon finishers will receive their finisher's medal from the men and women of the Marine Corps stationed directly behind the finish line. Immediately, following the presentation of the medal, runners may have their finish photo taken in front of the Marine Corps War Memorial by MarathonFoto. There is no greater image to reflect the commitment and dedication required to finish a marathon than a runner proudly wearing the MCM finisher medal in front of the Marines hoisting the flag on Iwo Jima.

Runners will then be offered a space blanket to keep warm as they enter the hospitality tent. The tent features Einstein bagels, Powerade, Spring by Dannon, Snyder's Pretzels, Yoplait Smoothies and more.

Runners participating with charity groups may then cross the parade deck to Charity Rally Point at the foot of the Netherlands Carillon. All runners, however, are invited into the new Finish Festival in Rosslyn presented by AT&T. Here runners and families may reunite in the Family Link Up area, receive a post-race massage, pick up bags at the UPS trucks and enjoy other entertainment, food and sponsor-hosted activities.

To coordinate link up, runners are recommended to meet under the flag bearing the first letter of their last name. The link-up flags will line the west side of Lynn Street above Route 50. These flags are designated as follows:
A-B, C-D, E-G, H-J, K-L, M-N,O-P, Q-R, S-T, U-W, X-Z.

Metro and post-race shuttles are located at the end of the Finish Festival. The post-race shuttle will deliver guests to one of three locations: Vienna Metro Station (orange line), 23rd and Crystal Drive in Crystal City (blue and yellow lines) or Metro Center in DC (orange, red and blue lines).

Finish results will be available through the Remote Runner Tracking service (sign up at the Expo at Cisco's booth), at the Cisco Check Your Runner station in the Finish Festival or on the MCM website. Map track will be available at the USAA Map Track booth directly behind the spectator bleachers at the finish line. Runner photos will be posted beginning the evening of the marathon.

Please check the Marine Corps Marathon Race Site Map provided in your race packet for exact locations.