Established in 1976 to promote goodwill between the military and the public after the Vietnam War, the Marine Corps Marathon has grown to become one of the most famous marathons in the world, earning the moniker of “The People’s Marathon” because it’s one of the few non-qualifier marathons, and it’s open to all runners age 14 and up.
The marathon itself is a 26.2-mile trek through the heart of Washington D.C., where runners pass Arlington National Cemetery, the Pentagon, the Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial, the Capitol and more. About 30,000 runners are expected to take part this year on Oct. 27.
Interesting MCM facts:
- The MCM is the only marathon that is started with a non-pistol. It starts with a 105mm Howitzer.
- The MCM has two mascots: Miles the bulldog and his sister Molly.
- The first active duty Marine to win the MCM was 1st Lieutenant Joanna Martin in 1979, who finished with a time of 2:58:14.
- The final race in the MCM Series is the Turkey Trot 10K on November 17.
- The MCM Health and Fitness Expo, a three-day event, is expected to attract more than 100,000 runners and visitors.
First Command is sponsoring the 38th annual Marine Corps Marathon Carbo Dining In pre-event pasta dinner and also MCM Forward, the satellite marathon event for deployed military. If you’re heading out to the Health and Fitness Expo, register for a running bag full of gear at the First Command booth, no. 341.