38th Marine Corps Marathon Event Guide

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More than 40,000 runners from across the globe will try to keep the pace in the 38th Marine Corps Marathon (MCM) on Sunday.

The MCM is the third largest marathon in the United States, eighth largest in the world, and voted “Best Marathon in the Mid-Atlantic” and “Best Marathon for Spectators.”

Please enjoy this 2013 Marine Corps Marathon guide that will make it easier for participants and spectators to get to and from the event.

Transportation

Metro Rail: 

  • Opens at 5 a.m. For easiest access to Metro, a SmarTrip card can be purchased ahead of the event.
  • All MCM participants should take the Blue or Yellow line to the Pentagon Station to access Runners Village in the Pentagon North parking lot.
  • The MCM highly recommends the use of Metro for access to the start line, via the Pentagon Station (blue/yellow line).
  • Event signage will direct runners to UPS Baggage Drop Off and to the Route 110 start line in Arlington.
  • The Arlington Cemetery Station (Blue) will not open until 8:30 a.m. on event morning. This Metro station will serve spectators immediately following the Marathon start and those exiting the event throughout the day.
  • The MCM10K start is located near the Smithsonian Metro station (Blue) on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.
  • For easiest access to Metro, a SmarTrip card can be purchased ahead of the event.

Parking: 

  • Parking: Free parking is available in Crystal City at the corner of 23rd and Crystal Drive.

Shuttles: 

  • Pre-Race Shuttles: Free shuttles are available for runners and spectators starting at 5:30 a.m. from the Crystal City parking area (listed above) to Runners Village in the Pentagon North parking lot.

Post-Race Shuttles: Runners and spectators can depart from the Finish Festival in Rosslyn and return directly to the parking area in Crystal City. These shuttles are parked at the corner of Oak Street and Wilson Boulevard in the Finish Festival.

  • Post-Race Taxi Service: The taxi stand will be located near Family Link-up in the Finish Festival on the corner of 19th and Lynn Streets. Taxi service is not free of charge, but taxis are continuously running throughout MCM day.


Road Closures

The streets listed below will be affected on race day only. Local jurisdictions will reopen the roads as soon as race activities end, with the MCM course officially closing by 3:00 p.m.

  • 4 a.m.–4:30 p.m.    Marshall Drive from North Meade Street to Route 110
  • 4 a.m.–5:30 p.m.    North Meade Street from Marshall Drive to Lynn Street
  • 4 a.m.–4:30 p.m.    Route 110 from I-66 to U.S. Highway 1/Jefferson Davis Highway
  • 4 a.m.–5:30 p.m.    Wilson Boulevard from North Nash Street to Route 110
  • 4 a.m.–5:30 p.m.    Lynn Street from North Meade Street to Lee Highway
  • 4 a.m.–5:30 p.m.    Fort Myer Drive from North Meade Street to Lee Highway
  • 4 a.m.–5:30 p.m.    North Moore Street from Wilson Boulevard to Lee Highway
  • 4 a.m.–5:30 p.m.    19th Street North from Lynn Street to North Nash Street
  • 4:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.    Route 110 ramp from Washington Boulevard to Pentagon North parking
  • 5 a.m.–1:07 p.m.    Jefferson Drive SW from 3rd Street SW to 14th Street SW
  • 5 a.m.–12:45 p.m.   Madison Drive NW from 15th Street NW to 3rd Street NW
  • 6:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m.    Rock Creek and Potomac Parkway NW (northbound) to Beach Drive
  • 6:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m.    Rock Creek and Potomac Parkway NW (southbound) from Shoreham Drive NW
  • 6:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m.    Shoreham Drive NW (southbound) From Calvert Street to Rock Creek and Potomac Parkway NW
  • 6:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m.   Beach Drive NW from Rock Creek and Potomac Parkway NW to Calvert Street
  • 7 a.m.–10 a.m.   Lee Highway (eastbound) from Lynn Street to North Kirkwood Street
  • 7 a.m.–10 a.m.   Spout Run Parkway from Lee Highway to George Washington Memorial Parkway
  • 7 a.m.–10 a.m.   George Washington Memorial Parkway from Spout Run to Arlington Memorial Circle Drive
  • 7 a.m.–12 p.m.   Francis Scott Key Bridge (all lanes)
  • 7:35 a.m.–1:17 p.m.    14th Street SW from Jefferson Drive to northbound HOV lanes
  • 7:35 a.m.–8:20 a.m.    7th Street from Madison to Jefferson Drive (Also the start of the MCM10K)
  • 7:35 a.m.–2 p.m.    HOV lanes from 14th Street SW to HOV ramp at South Eads Street
  • 7:30 a.m.–2 p.m.     South Eads Street from South Rotary Road to Army Navy Drive
  • 7:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m.     Army Navy Drive from South Fern to 12th Street South
  • 7:47 a.m.–10:36 a.m.   M Street NW from Canal Road NW to Wisconsin Avenue NW
  • 7:48 a.m.–10:40 a.m.    Wisconsin Avenue from M Street NW to K Street NW
  • 7:49 a.m.–10:45 a.m.   K Street NW from Wisconsin Avenue NW to Rock Creek and Potomac Parkway NW
  • 7:49 a.m.–10:45 a.m.    27th Street NW from K Street NW to I Street NW
  • 7:49 a.m.–10:45 a.m.    I Street NW from 27th Street NW to Virginia Ave NW
  • 7:50 a.m.–11:04 a.m.     Rock Creek and Potomac Parkway NW from K Street NW to Independence Avenue
  • 7:52 a.m.–11:05 p.m.   Lincoln Circle from 23rd Street NW to 23rd Street SW
  • 7:53 a.m.–12 p.m.   Ohio Drive SW at West Potomac Park from Independence Avenue SW around East Potomac Park to Maine Avenue SW
  • 7:30 a.m.–10 a.m.   15th Street South from Crystal Drive to Eads Street
  • 7:30 a.m.–3 p.m.   12th Street from Army Navy Drive to Crystal Drive
  • 7:30 a.m.–3 p.m.   Crystal Drive from 12th Street to 23rd Street
  • 7:30 a.m.–3: p.m.   23rd Street from Crystal Drive to North Clark Street
  • 7:30 a.m.–3 p.m.    South Clark Street from 23rd Street to 12th Street
  • 7:30 a.m.–3 p.m.    South Fern Street from Army Navy Drive to South Rotary Road
  • 8:00 a.m.–3 p.m.    South Rotary Road from South Fern Street to Columbia Pike
  • 8 a.m.–3 p.m.    Columbia Pike from South Rotary Road to Washington Blvd. on ramp
  • 8 a.m.–3 p.m.     Washington Blvd. from Columbia Pike to Route 110 off ramp
  • 8:02 a.m.–12:10 p.m.   Maine Avenue SW from East Basin Drive to Independence Avenue SW
  • 8:03 a.m.–12:25 p.m.   East Basin Drive from Maine Avenue to Ohio Drive
  • 8:06 a.m.–12:28 p.m.  Independence Avenue SW from Maine Avenue SW to Ohio Drive SW
  • 8:13 a.m.–12:35 p.m.   15th Street NW/SW from Constitution Avenue NW to Maine Ave. SW
  • 8:15 a.m.–12:55 p.m.   3rd Street; Pennsylvania Avenue to Maryland Avenue SW
  • 8:16 a.m.–12:50 p.m.   Pennsylvania Avenue NW from 3rd Street NW to E. Capitol Circle
  • 8:16 a.m.–12:50 p.m.   1st Street; Pennsylvania NW to Maryland Avenue SW
  • 8:16 a.m.–12:50 p.m.   Pennsylvania Avenue NW from 3rd Street NW to East Capitol Circle
  • 8:16 a.m.–12:50 p.m.   1st Street; Pennsylvania NW to Maryland Avenue SW
  • 8:17 a.m.–12:52 p.m.    Maryland Avenue SW from South Capitol Circle to 3rd Street

All early morning road closures listed above reflect the closing of the security corridor north of Rosslyn for the Finish Festival and south of the Pentagon. The initial closing time also allows approximately 30 minutes prior to the lead hand cyclists beginning the MCM at 7:40 a.m.

At noon on Saturday, Oct. 26 N. Kent Street will be closed from Wilson Boulevard to N. 19th Street.  N. Kent Street will reopen at the conclusion of the MCM on Sunday, Oct. 27. The course officially closes at 3 p.m., seven hours after the Marine Corps Marathon begins. Some roads will remain closed a short time longer to allow for course cleanup.

Race Locations

Runners:

  •  The MCM10K start line is located near the Smithsonian Metro station (Blue) on the National Mall.
  • The MCM start line is located on Route 110, near Arlington Memorial Drive in Arlington.

Spectators: 

  • Start off the day by viewing the opening ceremonies at the MCM start line on Route 110 in Arlington.
  • After the start, head to the Arlington Memorial Bridge and Lincoln Memorial in D.C. Here you’ll be able to see runners at mile 11 and later, mile 16.
  • From the Lincoln Memorial, head east on Independence Avenue, past the Washington Monument to access the National Mall. Along with the world-famous Smithsonian museums, you’ll see runners at miles 18 and 19.
  • Next, hop on the Metro via the Smithsonian station and head back into Virginia on the Blue or Yellow line to the Crystal City Station. If you’re on a bike, you can take the 14th Street Bridge side path and the Mt. Vernon Trail to Crystal City. You’ll see all the race action at miles 22 and 23, plus engage in a variety of activities at Crystal Run, including live music, and plenty of family fun.
  • For the final leg of your journey, head to the Marine Corps War Memorial and the MCM finish line. Ride your bike or take Metro’s blue line to Rosslyn or the MCM shuttle from 23rd Street in Crystal City. The finish line offers bleacher seating to watch the final ascent and push to the finish. Plan to reunite with runners in the family link up area at the Finish Festival in Rosslyn.


Course Map

This year, the MCM is partnering with Area Wide Protective to provide traffic management services and traffic control devices throughout the MCM and MCM10K certified courses.

Teams from AWP will mark the courses with 600-700 cones while employing several fully equipped trucks and the professional traffic control services of 20 volunteers from AWP’s facilities in Virginia and Maryland.


Race Day Apps

These new apps offers easy access to all essential MCM Weekend information including maps, spectator tips, schedules, transportation, photos, videos, weather forecast, runner tracking service, social media feeds and live results.

SOCIAL MEDIA: TRACK A RUNNER 

Runner Broadcast Service Presented by Nissan Runners may announce their progress every 10K of the marathon course by automatically posting timing updates on their Facebook timeline or over their Twitter feed. Relatives, friends and running buddies will all be able to follow a runner’s progress along the MCM course in real-time.

ITEMS PROHIBITED FROM THE EVENT:  

  • Hydration vests
  • Backpacks like CamelBaks
  • Glass containers
  • Masks
  • Flammable liquids.

Runners may continue to bring a personal supply of fluids, but all items are subject to search and add to the volume being screened, possibly resulting in delays and personal inconvenience.

MARINE CORPS MARATHON WEEKEND EVENTS

Health & Fitness Expo presented by GE
DC Armory
Thursday, Oct. 24 through Saturday, Oct. 26
More than 100,000 will visit the Expo showcasing more than 200 exhibitors and interactive displays with free massages, food sampling and direct access to running industry experts.  All MCM, MCM10K and Healthy Kids Fun Run participants will pick up their race-day packets and participant shirts at the Expo, which is free and also open to the public.

First Timers Pep Rally
Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill
Friday, Oct. 25
An average of one-third of the MCM’s annual 30,000 runner race field is comprised of first time marathons.  This event celebrates the first-time MCM participants, many who are expected to gather at the Hyatt Regency.  The program includes the MCM Expert Panel Q&A, great music, cheerleaders, giveaways.

Runners bRUNch
MCM Finish Line
Saturday, Oct. 26
An amazing opportunity to run the National Mall with MCM staff, Marine runners and Runners World Magazine. A 5K shakeout run will be held on the morning prior to the 38th MCM, Saturday, Oct. 26. The 3.1-mile course begins on the Mall and concludes at the Marine Corps War Memorial, where Runners bRUNch will be served in the VIP tent adjacent to the MCM finish line.  Hear featured speakers offering tips and tales from the road and visualize success at “The People’s Marathon.” Registration for the Runners bRUNch is available beginning in September. Open to registered MCM and MCM10K, runners as well as anyone else who is motivated to run.

Healthy Kids Fun Run
Pentagon North parking lot
Saturday, Oct. 26
Three thousand kids ages 5-12 will participate in the one-mile fun run that also offers a full day of entertainment at the family fitness called Camp Miles. The kids will run in five waves from 9:30 to noon while enjoying music and entertainment, many other team and organizational mascots, Fit Arlington challenges and other great activities hosted by the National Children’s Museum, and “FAMILY Magazine.”

Carbo Dining-In
Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill
Saturday, Oct. 26
In the spirit of traditional military dinners called the “Dining-In,” MCM hosts this sold-out pasta event for runners and their families and friends.

MCM10K presented by Aetna 
National Mall
Sunday, Oct. 27
The MCM10K includes 10,000 participants who will run 6.2 miles across the 14th Street Bridge, into Crystal City and Arlington to finish at the Marine Corps War Memorial.

38th Marine Corps Marathon
Sunday, Oct. 27
Registered participants will embark on the 26.2-mile journey in the 38th MCM starting at 7:55 a.m., with live 90-minutes of coverage beginning on Comcast SportsNet at 7 a.m. Comcast SportsNet will conduct live broadcast from the MCM start with highlights of the MCM’s background and history. The MCM promises a spectacular start with international flags from 54 different nations, the supersonic flyover of F/A-18 Hornet attack fighter jets and CH-53 Sea Stallion helicopters, and the firing of the M2A1 Howitzer.

MCM Finish Festival
Rosslyn, Va.
Sunday, Oct. 27
After enjoying post-race hospitality and posing with MarathonFoto for a picture in front of the iconic Iwo Jima Monument, 38th MCM and MCM10K finishers will proceed to the MCM Finish Festival in Rosslyn, Va. Spectators can “check their runner” throughout the day at the HP booth. Runners and spectators can visit the Brooks Finisher Store. At Family Link Up, race-day participants will need up with friends and family. They can also obtain a free massage, enjoy a beer sampling from Michelob Ultra and visit Rosslyn’s Restaurant Row as entertainers perform throughout the day. MCM Announcer Rob Powers will emcee and play music from the Finish Festival platform, giving runners, spectators and guests event updates.  Runners also will presented their baggage claim tickets at the UPS baggage trucks located on Wilson Boulevard.

Additional information about the 38th MCM is available by clicking here.

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