MARINE CORPS MARATHON General information

Marine Corps Marathon is an annual marathon located in Arlington, Virginia and Washington DC that occurs in October 27. The traditional Marine Corps Marathon is 26.2 miles, but there are shorter options for young and less experienced runners.

Marine Corps Marathon has minor elevation changes near the first third of the race, but for the most part the route is completely flat. After racers finish mile 8, the course flattens out with no noticeable hills for the remainder of the race.

The Marine Corps Marathon is fast and visually interesting. There are activities and music and fans and celebration the entire route.

The Marine Corps Marathon starts in Arlington, VA, and winds its way through Rosslyn along Lee Highway before turning on Spout Run and the George Washington Memorial Parkway.

After crossing the Key Bridge into Georgetown, the course returns to the Palisades Community for a scenic view of Canal Road. The course will then pass the Kennedy Center and take runners into Hains Point at approximately the halfway point of the race.

Afterwards, runners pass the Jefferson Memorial before entering the National Mall and pass numerous monuments, memorials and landmarks, such as, the Lincoln, FDR, Korean War and Vietnam Veteran's memorials, the Washington Monument, and the U.S. Capitol. Runners return to Virginia via the 14th Street Bridge.

For the final miles, runners will return past the Pentagon and along Route 110 before reaching the legendary Marine Corps War Memorial finish line.

This finish has remained unchanged since the inaugural running of the Marine Corps Marathon in 1976.

Marine Corps Marathon was established in 1976 founded by Colonel Jim Fowler. Marine Corps Marathon is currently the 5th largest marathon in the United States, the 9th largest in the world and the 1st largest marathon that does not offer prize money.

Marine Corps Marathon is known as “The People’s Marathon” because it brings runners from all walks of life and also all the family friendly activities during the weekend.

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Marine Corps Marathon Activities

These activities include a Health and Fitness Expo, Healthy Kids Fun Run, Carbo Dining In, the Marine Corps Marathon Finish Festival, Marine Corps Marathon First Timers Pep Rally or the popular MCM10K, a 6.2 mile run which starts at the National Mall in Washington DC.

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Marine Corps Marathon Records

The current Marine Corps Marathon men’s record is held by Jeff Scuffins with 2:14:01 in 1987 and women’s record is held by Olga Markova with 2:37:00 in 1990.

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Marine Corps Marathon: Famous

The current Marine Corps Marathon men’s record is held by Jeff Scuffins with 2:14:01 in 1987 and women’s record is held by Olga Markova with 2:37:00 in 1990.