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Marine Corps Marathon Newsletter - March 2011
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Welcome to the 36th MCM
Thank you runners for contributing to an amazing, record breaking sell out of the 36th MCM. In only 28 hours and four minutes, runners grabbed all 30,000 spots for the October 30 event. The previous MCM registration record occurred in 2005, when the event sold out in 62 hours and 9 minutes. Now, that you are in be sure to maintain a commitment to training, become a fan of the MCM on Facebook, track the event news on Twitter and stay involved by regularly visiting the website. Lots of exciting announcements and important information to be shared in the upcoming months. Welcome to the 36th MCM
Registration to Confirmation
Be sure to retain the confirmation email you received at completion of the registration process. This email has the info necessary to download your E-confirmation card in September. The E-confirmation card is required to retrieve race materials at Packet Pick-up, part of the Health and Fitness Expo on October 27-29 at the DC Armory. Registration to Confirmation
Transfer and Deferment Details
The MCM has two unique programs, distinguishing its commitment to the runners from other similar events. After registering, some runners ultimately decide they are unable participate in the 36th MCM. These runners may opt to transfer their entry to a non-registered runner through the event's unique Transfer Program. Registered runners have until late September to transfer an entry by submitting an online transfer form. The transfer form (available June 7 - September 23) is available on the Register menu of the MCM website. Another option is to hold on to an entry but defer participation from 2011 to 2012. The deferment form will be available on the MCM website starting March 30. Both services charge a $30 fee. Transfer and Deferment Details
MCM10K Registration Opens
10K reflects the distance as well as the registration capacity. Sold out each of the past three years, the MCM10K starts on the National Mall and shares the inspirational finish line of the MCM at the Marine Corps War Memorial. The course requires runners maintain a 15 minute-per-mile pace and due to safety concerns handcycles or wheelchairs are not permitted. Registration is now open and a spot awaits those not already committed to the MCM. MCM10K Registration Opens
New Course Insider Info
It is the time of year when the MCM staff visits various law enforcement jurisdictions and neighborhood associations gathering the necessary approvals to host the beautiful 26.2 mile MCM course. The 2011 course will differ from recent years with minor changes due to construction on Constitution Avenue. While the new course hasn't been finalized, anticipated changes include a closer view from the west side of the Lincoln Memorial and a tour on the south side of the National Mall near the Korean and World War II Memorials. As in past, a 14 minute-per-mile pace will be required with check points at the Mile 17.5 Gauntlet and Mile 20's Beat the Bridge. New Course Insider Info
MCM Travel Desk Offers Hotel Deals
Registration is locked on. Training has begun. Last thing runners want to worry about is where you are going to sleep on Marathon Eve. Runners are encouraged to book a hotel early for MCM Weekend. Consider if you want to be convenient to Metro or close to the MCM shuttles in Crystal City or near the Expo in DC or in proximity of the finish in Rosslyn. Even those runners who live in the DC Metro Area should consider reserving a room to eliminate the possible pitfalls of DC area traffic. MCM Travel Desk Offers Hotel Deals
$10 Off Entry Fee for Historic Half
Enjoy a $10 discount off the $75 registration fee for the Marine Corps Historic Half by signing up before midnight on March 25. The 13.1 mile event runs through timeless Fredericksburg, Virginia, located halfway between DC and Richmond, on May 15. The Historic Half includes a relay competition and the Semper Fred 5K. $10 Off Entry Fee for Historic Half
Run for a Cause with MCM Charity Program
Some runners weren't fast enough to get in on the registration frenzy and got shut out of the MCM. Fear not. This is a marathon, not a sprint. Spots in the 36th MCM are still available by registering with the more than 70 different charity partners. Join a charity team to assist in raising funds and awareness by training for and completing the MCM. It is an opportunity to turn a big accomplishment into something even bigger and run for causes like Marines support, health initiatives, research efforts and countless more deserving crusades. Run for a Cause with MCM Charity Program
Online Training Tool Now Available
Looking for direction to maximize your training for the MCM? Through the MCM website, runners may purchase online training plans designed for people of ALL experience levels, from the first-timer to the seasoned veteran. The multi-platform program offers runners tools to log distances, track cardio and strength training workouts, map favorite training routes, compile shoe mileage, connect with other athletes on community message boards, access a suite of training calculators, and so much more. Online Training Tool Now Available
Train for MCM at the Most in Your Face Race in September
The distance recalls the year the Marine Corps was founded. The course pushes runners over the peaks and drops of rolling Prince William Forest Park. The finish is reminiscent of the MCM's by concluding at the National Museum of the Marine Corps. So what are you waiting engraved invitation? Consider this your call to arms. Sign up now for the Marine Corps' most in-your-face race, Crossroads 17.75K on September 17 just outside Quantico's main gate.   Train for MCM at the Most in Your Face Race in September