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MCM Debuts Runner Tracking on iPhone App
RaceMate, the MCM iPhone App is now available. Visit the iTunes store to download RaceMate, an app redefining the marathon experience for runners and supporters. Integrating GPS technology into the MCM course map, RaceMate provides exact locations for runners and spectators enabling greater accuracy to coordinate on-course link up or long distance tracking. Features include live countdown to the MCM, animated course map, interactive pace calculator and runner/spectator locators. The soon-to-be-available premium upgrade features a multiple runner tracking service. Both, runner and spectator, must have the application and phone for full functionality. MCM Debuts Runner Tracking on iPhone App
First Stop--the Amazing MCM Health and Fitness Expo
The MCM Health and Fitness Expo presented by GE will be held on Friday, October 29 and Saturday, October 30 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. The expo is packed with over 200 exhibitors and vendors featuring the newest exercise products, MCM souvenirs, product samples, health screenings and unique access to experts. Pose with the Madame Tussaud's wax figure of the MCM's most famous finisher, Oprah. Get a free massage from Aetna or have your bone density and body composition analysis taken at the GE Healthcare booth. Enter to win the all-new, 100% electric LEAF from Nissan. Meet American Olympic marathoner Ryan Hall or talk with experts from the Clif Pace Team. All runners will obtain their bib with timing device, UPS Baggage Sticker, event program, MCM Weekend Guide, goodie bag and awesome mock neck participant shirt. MCM Health and Fitness Expo
Experts Abound in MCM Speaker Series
The MCM Speaker Series presented by Nissan includes experts, authors and historians. The Speaker Series continues throughout the day on Friday, October 29 and Saturday, October 30 at the Washington Convention Center as part of the MCM Health and Fitness Expo. Hear from American Olympian Ryan Hall, USMC running coach Joe Puleo, MCM Race Director Rick Nealis, motivational speakers, MCM and Battle of Marathon historians and the Clif Pace Team. Experts Abound in MCM Speaker Series
Getting to the Start
Metro service begins at 5 a.m. for MCM runners and spectators on race morning. Marathon runners should use the Pentagon Station (blue/ yellow line) to enter Runner's Village in the Pentagon North Parking lot and pre-race UPS Baggage Drop off. Arlington Cemetery (blue line) will not open until 8:30 a.m. The MCM10K will start at the Smithsonian Metro (blue line). Free parking is available in Crystal City at the corner of 23rd & Crystal Drive. Pre-race shuttle service from this parking location to Runner's Village begins at 5:30 a.m. Runners and spectators utilizing Metro on MCM Day are recommended to purchase a One Day Pass for ease of access before and after the event. Getting to the Start
At the Start
Runners who intend to check a bag should utilize the UPS Baggage Sticker, obtained at Packet Pick-up, and report the assigned UPS Truck in Runners Village. In addition to bag check, Runners Village boasts porta johns, the pre-race prayer service and GE-provided solar powered, water distribution units. The start line is a short walk up the ramp to Route 110. Runners are encouraged to line up in the appropriate corral based on anticipated finish time. This will ensure a smooth start. Ceremonies begin at 7 a.m. and conclude with the howitzer blast. Festivities include the Broomall String Band, international flag salute, USMC Mounted Color Guard, special effects and rockin' music. All runners must wear their bibs on the front of their shirts. The timing device must remain attached to the reverse side of the bib. At the Start
Reasons to Smile on MCM Day
The paparazzi will be everywhere capturing the images from MCM Day. Comcast SportsNet hosts 90 minutes of live tv coverage from the MCM start beginning at 7 a.m. Throughout the course, MarathonFoto photographers will document every runner in multiple locations with background landmarks including the Capitol, Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial and, of course, the Marine Corps War Memorial. More than 400,000 images will be taken on MCM Day. Utilizing electro-optic/infrared systems, FLIR will video stream from multiple locations on the course for online viewing by spectators in real-time. Reasons to Smile on MCM Day
Be A Spectacular Spectator
Spectators need to gameplan for MCM Day as much as runners. More than 100,000 supportive, enthusiastic individuals will line the course hoping for a glimpse of their runner and the opportunity to inspire others. Essential tools to maximize the spectator experience include the MCM Weekend Guide presented by the Washington Examiner, a course map, a familiarization with Metro and a quick listen to the Spectacular Spectator presentation. Be A Spectacular Spectator
MCM Finish Hoopla and Festivities
Once across the finish line at the Marine Corps War Memorial, a Marine will award a special 35th MCM finisher medal. MarathonFoto photographers will take victory shots of runners with their newly earned hardware in front of the Marine Corps War Memorial. The hospitality zone includes Dasani, Powerade, Dole fruit, bagels and more. Please, remember to recycle. Runners then enter the Finish Festival in Rosslyn presented by Verizon Wireless. The Festival includes live music, giveaways, food samples, restaurant row, massage service, family link-up, Mic Ultra Beer Garden and UPS Baggage Pick-up. Visit the MCM Brooks Store, GE's video memory booth and the HP Check Your Runner station for splits and finish results. When ready to head home, Metro, taxi service and MCM shuttles are available. MCM Finish Hoopla and Festivities
Commemorate the Run
A variety of unique and special products are available to commemorate the incredible experience of running the MCM. Photos from MarathonFoto. MCM apparel from Brooks. Special finisher plaques from Fond Memories. Original MCM art recognition products from Lasting Commemoratives. New MCM pillows and towels from Marathon Gift Collection. The MCM Teddy Bear featuring personalized bib from Vermont Teddy Bear. And then there's the special collectors tote bags made from the MCM
finish line banners.
Commemorate the Run
Looking Ahead to 2011
Registration opens on December 15 for the MCM Event Series and Marine Corps Historic Half marathon. The 2011 MCM schedule features Run Amuck, the 3.5 mile mud and obstacle challenge; Irish Sprint 10K, with a pot of gold coins at the finish; RunStock, the 5k run and concert; Crossroads 17.75K at the National Museum of the Marine Corps; and the Marine Corps Historic Half, to be held in Fredericksburg, VA. Events have routinely sold out so secure a spot quickly. The 2011 MCM opens online registration on February 23, the anniversary of the flag raising on Iwo Jima. Looking Ahead to 2011