Marine Corps Marathon is later this month

Posted by Debi Teter

marine_corps_marathonThe Marine Corps Marathon (MCM) is the only marathon named solely after a branch of service, is the fourth largest marathon in the United States, the ninth largest marathon in the world, and offers no prize money, giving it the nickname of “The People’s Marathon.”

Colonel Jim Fowler conceived of the idea for the Marine Corps Marathon in 1975 and worked tirelessly to bring it to fruition in 1976. With the full support of the then-Commandant of the Marine Corps Louis Wilson, Colonel Fowler wanted to promote the Marine Corps, improve and promote the Marine Corps image in the community (this was at the end of the Vietnam Era), create a better relationship with the civilian populace, and give Marines the opportunity to participate in a marathon that could qualify them for the Boston Marathon.  All four have been successfully achieved.

Since its debut in 1976, the marathon has spurred the creation of several other runs, all again organized by the United States Marine Corps, all without prize money, and just like the marathon, almost always filled to capacity shortly after registration.

MCM Introduces “Salute” Program Online in 2014
This year, the MCM has introduced a stunning 60-page magazine which showcases “The People’s Marathon” with profiles of runners honoring fallen service members and of a MCM Hall of Fame inductee who survived Stage IV breast cancer. The magazine also includes stories of MCM volunteers and celebrity runner Sean Astin, best known for his title role as “Rudy,” and for his recurring role in “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy.

MCM Kids Run Registrations Are Still Available, But Going Fast!
The MCM itself always sells out as soon as registration opens, but you can still register your kids for the 2014 MCM Kids Run held on Saturday, Oct. 25 in Arlington, VA, the day prior to the MCM. Children ages 5-12 are eligible to participate in the one-mile run, hosted in the Pentagon’s North Parking lot. The event will take place in six waves beginning at 9:30 a.m. Registration is full for the opening wave, however parents may still register their children in the 10, 10:30, 11, 11:20 and 11:40 a.m. waves.

MCM App Has Been Updated for the 2014 Event
The MCM released a redesigned version of their user-friendly MCM App available for all iPhone and Android mobile devices. The MCM App instantly delivers essential information including course maps, transportation information, event schedules, runner tracking capabilities, social media feeds, weather updates and event-day results. If you can’t make the trip to cheer on your favorite runner, download the app and track him or her virtually from wherever you are!

 

 

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