Insider Tips for the Marine Corps Marathon

Insider Tips for the Marine Corps Marathon

“You will see many heartwarming stories such as elderly couples holding hands and walking the 10k,” and fathers pushing a child with disabilities in the full marathon, wrote one TripAdvisor reviewer.

The Marine Corps Marathon is an inspiring October race in which many contestants run with flags, and firefighters even run with full gear. The course takes you through several miles of Arlington and alongside Washington, D.C.’s grand architecture up close, with amazing views of the U.S. Capitol, Lincoln Memorial and Washington Monument around the halfway point.

It starts and finishes by Arlington National Cemetery at the Marine Corps War Memorial, the iconic 32-foot sculpture of soldiers hoisting the U.S. flag. Resting your running feet in Arlington makes a lot of sense. Book now!

Here are a few tips:

·         The last hill is often described as an emotional experience, but you’ll have plenty of support verbally pushing and pulling you up. The community really comes out to cheer, a nice feature so early in the morning.

·         Fueling up before and afterward is fun in Arlington, where dining options are as diverse as Arlington itself.

·         Rosslyn or Arlington National Cemetery Metro stations are a 10- to 15-minute walk from the start and finish of the race near the Marine Corps War Memorial. The start line is located on Route 110 halfway between the Pentagon and Arlington Memorial Drive. Metro will open at 6 a.m. on Marathon Day. The closest Metro access to the start is the Pentagon station (blue/yellow). Arlington Cemetery Station is the only station that will remain closed on Marathon morning until 8:30 a.m.

·         Don’t miss the Finish Festival in Rosslyn, open to spectators and runners. You’ll find free massages, a beer garden, baggage pickup, family link up, live entertainment, giveaways, food vendors and more.

The Marine Corps Marathon is also known as the people's marathon. “Organized by the men and women of the United States Marine Corps, the MCM is the largest marathon in the world that doesn't offer prize money, instead celebrating the honor, courage and commitment of all finishers.” For runners, this is one for your bucket list, if it's not already on there!

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Posted by Kathleen Murphy on July 26, 2017 | Permalink

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