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Thirty Thousand People Will Pass This Spot This Weekend-Marine Corps Marathon

Marine Corps War Memorial Arlington VA

For the past 34 years Marine Corps Memorial in Arlington Virginia has been the finish line for runners participating in the annual Marine Corps Marathon (MCM).  The Marine Corps Marathon is also known as the "Peoples Marathon" and runners from all around the country and world come to participate in the event.

The first MCM was run on November 7, 1976 with just over 1,100 runners.  To put that in perspective the first NYC Marathon run in 1970 had only 123 runners.  The MCM started as an idea to help with recruiting efforts for the Marine Corps and help local Marines qualify for the Boston Marathon.  The idea submitted by Colonel Jim Fowler eventually won the approval of the Commandant of the Marine Corps General Louis Wilson.

Fowler's brief stated: “The name Marine Corps Marathon evokes military history and is the kind of event which the public finds in consonance with the image of the Marines."  Oer the years the MCM has grown and is now the 4th largest marathon in the US and the only one that does not offer prize money to any of the winners.  Runners in this race run for the love of what they do, the sensse of accomplishment they feel and not riches.

With the start outside Arlington National Cemetery and a finish line at the Marine Corps Memorial the route takes runners past numerous memorials and landmarks. 

Mile 11     FDR Memorial
Mile 12     Jefferson Memorial
Mile 15     World War II Memorial
Mile 18     Washington Monument
Mile 19     US Capitol
Mile 20     Holocust Museum
Mile 24     The Pentagon

No doubt each of these locations give runners moments of inspiration as they head towards completing the 26.2 mile race.  If you are coming to DC to see the race or support a runner make sure you leave your car parked at your hotel or at home.  With multiple street closures not only for the race but for events afterwards it is easier to get around town by the DC Metro System

 

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Comment balloon 12 commentsCindy Jones • October 28 2010 09:41AM

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Thank you for the history and information on the route. It sounds like a wonderful marathon to run

Posted by Daniel Seider (BTRE Big Trees Real Estate) almost 8 years ago

My husband has run over 30 marathons and he has never had the chance to run this one.  He has talked about it and I know this is a very popular race every year. 

Posted by Melanie Ross, Benicia CA & Vallejo CA Real Estate, 707-319-2828 (Coldwell Banker Solano Pacific) almost 8 years ago

Getting to be that time of year again.  I admire anyone who takes part in running this marathon.  It's a great tradition.

Posted by Anne Clark (Metro Referrals) almost 8 years ago

My son has run the Army 10 mlller but don't think he has worked up to the Marine Corps Marathon yet.

Posted by Pat Fenn (Marketing Specialist for CJ Realty Group/Cindy Jones Broker ) almost 8 years ago

Daniel-it has become very popular and since there is no prize money the runners are truely inspired to run for the love of it.

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) almost 8 years ago

Melanie-I hope if gets the chance to run the MCM in the future.

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) almost 8 years ago

Anne-Never wanted to run 26.2 miles.  The best I ever did was 5 miles.  Now it is walking and hiking.

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) almost 8 years ago

Pat-Congratulations to Ted for doing the Army 10 miller.

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) almost 8 years ago

Wow. Only 123 people ran the first New York marathon. That is amazing and unbelievable when I realize how many people run in that marathon now. I ran several marathons a few years back, but I am not running nearly enough right now. I hope to do it again.

Thanks for the info.

Cal

Posted by Cal Yoder, Homes For Sale in Lancaster PA - 717.413.0744 (Keller Williams Elite) almost 8 years ago

Cal-hope you find the time to take up training for a marathon again.  I leave the running to my younger friends and I'll be there to cheer them on.

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) almost 8 years ago

Semper Fi and God bless our troops...ooh, sorry, wrong topic...but you inspired me this morning!  ;-)

Posted by Susan Haughton, Susan & Mindy Team...Honesty. Integrity. Results. (Long and Foster REALTORS (703) 470-4545) almost 8 years ago

Susan-an appropriate sentiment no matter what post it is associated with!

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) almost 8 years ago

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