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The number of people who can track a runner's progress is limited only by the non-existent boundaries of social media monoliths, Facebook and Twitter. The MCM will instantly post 10, 20, 30 and 40K splits as well as finish time on a runner's Facebook and Twitter accounts. Even the male and female leaderboard will be updated throughout the morning on the MCM Facebook page. Register for the social media updates or go old school and receive updates by text message or email. MCM social media messaging services are presented by Nissan. Sign Up for Social Media Messaging
First Stop--the Amazing MCM Health and Fitness Expo
The MCM Health and Fitness Expo presented by GE will be held from Thursday, October 27 through Saturday, October 29 at the DC Armory. 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. Get a free massage from Aetna or have your bone density and body composition analysis taken at the GE booth. Enter to win the all-new, 100% electric LEAF from Nissan. Meet American Olympic marathoner Ryan Hall on Saturday afternoon in the Nissan booth or talk with experts from the Clif Pace Team. An amazing array of MCM apparel is available at the MCM Brooks Store with $200 worth of purchases earning access to the VIP Porta Potty at the start. At the Expo, all runners will obtain their bib with timing device, UPS Baggage Sticker, event program, MCM Weekend Guide, and awesome mock neck participant shirt. First Stop--the Amazing MCM Health and Fitness Expo
Goodie Bags and Finisher Websites Among Technology Innovations at MCM
MCM runners will find the official 2011 goodie bag in their email inbox. There's no need to wait until the Expo for the coveted goodie bag. The new iGift Bag features fantastic offers, prizes and retail specials. Individualized emails will provide direct links to each runner's online goodie bag. After a successful marathon, runners will be able to visit their own personalized finisher webpage  featuring split time data, on-course photos, finisher certificate, Map Track and more. Hosted by MarathonFoto, the individual page scrapbooks all the runner content atone convenient link, accessible through the results page. Goodie Bags and Finisher Websites Among Technology Innovations at MCM
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 MCM Start
Runners who intend to check a bag should utilize the UPS Baggage Sticker, obtained at Packet Pick-up, and report to the assigned UPS Truck in Runners Village. In addition to bag check, Runners Village boasts porta johns, the pre-race prayer service and the Brooks VIP Porta Potty. 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 7:20 a.m. with a tandem jump to the start line and conclude with the howitzer blast. Festivities include the United We Sing, international flag salute, Osprey flyover, commemorative firearm salute, and rockin' music. At the MCM 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. Check the Comcast SportsNet website on Marathon evening for footage of every runner crossing the finish line. Reasons to Smile on MCM Day
Be A Spectacular Spectator
Spectators need a 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. The coolest on-course spectator spot is Crystal City at Mile 22-23 where there's easy access through Metro, parking or MCM shuttles. Plus, Crystal City offers family friendly activities, music and entertainment certain to delight even the youngest spectators. Be A Spectacular Spectator
MCM Finish Festivities
Once across the finish line at the Marine Corps War Memorial, a Marine will award a special 36th MCM finisher medal with an amazing authentic Marine Corps look. 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 Fitful nourishment, bagels, bananas, Deer Park water, Gatorade, Dole fruit and Snyder's pretzels. Please, remember to recycle. Runners then enter the Finish Festival in Rosslyn. 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, Dunkin Donuts, GE's chill towel booth, Nissan with special guest Ryan Hall 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 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. MCM pillows and towels from Marathon Gift Collection. And then there's the special collectors tote bags made from the MCM finish line banners. Run the run and collect the memories. Commemorate the Run
MCM News Sprint
If you plan to tweet during MCM Weekend, use hashtag #36THMCM... The fastest way into the 2012 MCM is the Irish Sprint 10K on March 17, 2012. All finishers receive a guaranteed entry into the 37th MCM... Make sure to print out the eConfirmation Card to officially check in at Packet Pick-up...Runners, be sure to visit the USAA display at the Health & Fitness Expo to pick up a limited-edition coin commemorating the 36th annual People's Marathon. Coins will be available to registered runners on a first-come, first-serve basis while supplies last...Run with the Marines again when MCM hosts the Turkey Trot 10K on Marine Corps Base Quantico on November 19.... Book your travel to the MCM on Amtrak by October 29 and save 30% off a companion fare on the Northeast Regional. Seating is limited, so get out in front and make your travel plans today. Sign up for the MCM Weekend Text Alerts. MCM News Sprint