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Marine Corps Marathon Newsletter - September 2011
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eConfirmation Cards Available Now
Scroll through your email inbox and pull out the confirmation email you received at completion of the 2011 MCM registration process. This email has the info necessary to download and print the individualized eConfirmation Card. To obtain the official bib, runners are required to present the eConfirmation Card at Packet Pick-up, part of the Health and Fitness Expo presented by GE on October 27-29 at the DC Armory. eConfirmation Cards Available Now
36th MCM Event Program Available as Online e-Zine
MCM runners are invited to read the online version of Salute, the official program of the Marine Corps Marathon. While the keepsake booklet will be distributed at the Health and Fitness Expo presented by GE, the online version offers early access to in-depth articles about Drew Carey and the 9-11 anniversary, plus last-minute reminders, inspiring profiles and spectator info. The program is designed by Bates Creative Group and hosted online by MarathonFoto. 36th MCM Event Program Available as Online e-Zine
MCM Weekend Starts at the Health And Fitness Expo
Showcasing great products and bursting with booths to delight every runner from first timer to mega-marathoner, the MCM Health and Fitness Expo presented by GE will be held from October 27 -29 at the DC Armory with plenty of free parking. Attractions include massages from Aetna, bone density and body composition scans from GE, chance to win the 100% electric LEAF from Nissan and access to experts on the Clif Pace Team, plus sampling, running gear and MCM souvenirs from Lasting Commemoratives and Fond Memories. All runners who spend more than $200 in the MCM Brooks Store receive special access to the VIP Porta Potty at the MCM start. MCM Weekend Starts at the Health And Fitness Expo
Celebrating the Finish in Rosslyn
The post-race party is in Rosslyn when the streets are overtaken by the massive MCM Finish Festival. Runners will enjoy finisher services including massage, UPS Baggage Pick-up, Family Link up and easy access to transportation via shuttle, taxi or Metro. Highlights include the Brooks finisher store, HP Check Your Runner Booth, GE chill towels, Mic Ultra beer garden, Nissan showcase, Arctic Ease and Rosslyn's Restaurant Row. Other highlights include Dunkin' Donuts, Ocean Spray, Smuckers and GNC. Celebrating the Finish in Rosslyn
New Spectator Access to the Finish Line
Spectators planning to access the finish area from Rosslyn will follow a new route in 2011. Shuttles and Metro deliver spectators to Wilson Boulevard. Follow either Fort Myer Drive or Lynn Street to Fairfax Drive. Turning right on Fairfax Drive, spectators will then cross either the pedestrian overpass or Queen Street to reach Arlington Boulevard on the opposite side of Route 50. Spectators will be routed to North Meade Street and will have quick access to the finish area by making a left on Marshall Drive. The new route is less than a mile. North Meade Street heading north into Rosslyn will be limited to runners only. New Spectator Access to the Finish Line
MCM Runners Conference Connects Runners and Experts
The MCM Runners Conference, a series of three informative panel discussions will be held at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill, not too far from the Expo, on Saturday, October 29. The programs include Intro to the MCM, Women Running and First Timers. Each 60-minute session will feature running experts and specialists providing insights, anecdotes, advice and information to best prepare runners for the MCM and the road head. MCM Runners Conference sessions are free, however, runners must register online to attend. MCM participants will be emailed a special registration link to sign up. All attendees will receive a unique MCM gift. MCM Runners Conference Connects Runners and Experts
Transfer and Defer Deadlines Approach
The official transfer of a MCM entry between a registered and a non-registered runner must be initiated by September 23. The process begins with the registered runner completing the transfer form located on the MCM website. New runners will then be required to complete an online application and pay a $30 transfer fee. The deadline to finalize the transfer is September 30. To defer an entry from 2011 to 2012, registered runners must complete on an online from by October 20. All deferred runners will receive an e-mail with detailed registration instructions in January 2012. Transfer and Defer Deadlines Approach
Dimensions Healthcare Offers Runners Pre-MCM Guidance
Dimensions Healthcare, an integrated, not-for-profit healthcare system serving residents of Prince George's County, Maryland and surrounding areas, offers tips for MCM runners. 1-Get fitted for, and buy, actual running shoes. Be sure to try shoes on in the afternoon when your feet are bigger. Do not "break in" a new pair of running shoes on race day. 2-Get some petroleum jelly, or adhesive bandages for areas that rub to prevent chaffing. Wearing spandex shorts under your regular running shorts will also help to prevent chaffing. 3-Be sure to increase you water intake the week before your race to maintain optimal hydration. 4-Avoid eating spicy foods the night before your run and get a good amount of sleep. Dimensions Healthcare Offers Runners Pre-MCM Guidance
MCM News Sprint
If you plan to tweet during your MCM experience, use hashtag #36thMCM...Details about runner tracking via text message and Facebook will be available soon...Check out the outstanding array of on-course entertainment...Visit the USAA display at the Health and Fitness Expo to receive a commemorative gift, while supplies last. USAA also offers its members a new way to experience the best of USAA at the new Financial Center, located in the Pentagon Row Shopping Complex...Still time to sign up young runners for the Healthy Kids Fun Run...Email invitations will be sent to all runners for the MCM Yoga Workshops hosted by lululemon athletica on October 28 & 29 at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill. Registration is limited for the two-hour sessions that begin each day at 7:30 a.m...Save on Amtrak and book your travel to the MCM by October 17 to save 25% on the Northeast Regional. Seating is limited, so get out in front and make your travel plans today. MCM News Sprint