The 2022 Marine Corps Marathon Guide – NBC4 Washington

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The Marine Corps Marathon is expected to bring runners back in person for its entire 26.2-mile endurance test – for the first time since 2019.

MCM weekend (October 28-30, 2022) offers several races, festivities and exhibitions for all to enjoy. The marathon is considered one of the largest in the world that does not offer prize money, earning it the nickname the People’s Marathon.

Read on for everything you need to know.

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Wounded Warriors participate in the 44th Marine Corps Marathon October 27, 2019 in Arlington, Virginia.

2022 MCM weekend races:

MCM Kids Race: On Saturday, October 29, kids ages 5-12 can take part in a fun one-mile race, with nine start time options between 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Families will also find activities, entertainment, games and mascots. The event runs from 8 a.m. to noon at Long Bridge Park (475 Long Bridge Drive, Arlington, Virginia).

MCM50K: Sunday, October 30 will kick off with the MCM50K, billed as the country’s largest ultramarathon and the only one held entirely in an urban setting. The race starts at 7:15 a.m.

MCM 10K and MCM Wheelchair and handcycle: These are next, with start times at 7:50 a.m.

MCM Duos: It will start next, at 7:52 a.m.

Marine Corps Marathon: The main event will begin with the Howitzer Blast at 7:55 a.m., when riders begin the challenge to “load the district, beat the bridge, and take the Iwo.” Runners and spectators will find live music and entertainment every mile.

Check out the full MCM weekend schedule here.

Non-race events on the MCM 2022 weekend:

At MCM Health and Fitness Expo (Oct 28, 10am-8pm; Oct 29, 10am-6pm) you can pick up your running pack (if you’re running), try out exercise equipment, sample healthy foods and more at the DC Armory ( 2001 E. Capitol St. SE). The exhibition opening ceremony (October 28, 9:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.) will feature the Marine Corps Quantico Band, Marine Corps Color Guard and more at the DC Armory.

The Rosslyn Finishing Festival (Oct. 30, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.): Runners and fans can enjoy post-race food, music, gifts and services. Runners can visit the MCM Brooks Finisher Store and reunite with family while they recuperate with a complimentary massage, enjoy a beer and catch live musical performances. Booths and giveaways will be located along Meade and Lynn Streets in Fort. Myer and Fairfax Drives and Wilson Boulevard in the Rosslyn neighborhood of Arlington, Virginia.


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Competitors run during the 42nd Marine Corps Marathon Oct. 22, 2017, in Arlington, Va.

How to get to the Marine Corps Marathon:

Metrorail will open two hours earlier, at 5 a.m., for the marathon day on Sunday, October 30.

Free shuttles will be available at six stations on the Blue and Yellow lines currently closed for works. Shuttles will also begin running at 5 a.m. that day, with increased frequency during peak pre- and post-race periods.

Find more information on Metro train frequency, station closures, shuttles and Metrobus routes for the MCM weekend on the Metro site here.

What subway stations should I use for the Marine Corps Marathon?

The Pentagon station is the closest to the The starting line of MCM on Route 110 (between Arlington National Cemetery and the Pentagon) in Arlington, Virginia. Metro warns that the Pentagon station could become an exit only before the start of the race in the event of heavy traffic. To avoid the crowding at Pentagon Station, you can use Pentagon City Station instead. NOTE: Arlington Cemetery Station will be closed until approximately 8:30 AM.

For those not running, Smithsonian Station in DC or Crystal City Station in Arlington will provide convenient access to spectator locations for the marathon.

You can get to the Finish Line Festival via the Rosslyn subway station or the MCM shuttle, which departs from 23rd Street in Crystal City.

For the MCM 10K, the closest metro stations to the National Mall start line are Archives and L’Enfant Plaza.

What does the course map for the Marine Corps Marathon look like?

The marathon takes runners near the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, to Washington, D.C. along the National Mall and monuments, then across the Potomac River to the Marine Corps War Memorial (known for its Iwo Jima statue) in Arlington.

Marine Corps Marathon runners will take on the challenge of “Load the District, Beat the Bridge, and Take the Iwo.”

How to watch (and cheer on) the Marine Corps marathon runners:

Looking to celebrate your friends, family and strangers? Bring signs to places along the race course where spectators may congregate, both in Arlington and DC:

  • MCM Start Line (Route 110 between Arlington National Cemetery and the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia) – if taking the subway, use Rosslyn or Pentagon station
  • Mile 10 and 16 (Lincoln Memorial to DC) – you can walk from the start line up Arlington Memorial Drive to the Lincoln Memorial
  • Miles 17-19 (National Mall in DC) – east on Independence Avenue, or, if taking the subway, use the Smithsonian station
  • Miles 22-23 (Crystal City to Arlington, Virginia) — if taking the subway, use the Crystal City station
  • MCM finish line at the marine corps war memorial (known for the Iwo Jima statue) – take the subway to Rosslyn station or take the MCM shuttle from 23rd Street in Crystal City. Bleach seats are available for spectators to watch the final ascent and finish line

You can also track your runner’s projected pace per mile to help you determine where and when they should hit certain sports on the course. For your convenience, you can sign up for Track-A-Runner text updates through the MCM website or app. Find more tips for online viewers here.

Spectators should remember never to cross the course and to stay clear of the boundaries.

What are the predictions for MCM Weekend 2022?

Expect cloudy skies this weekend, but with a very low chance of rain, said Storm Team4 meteorologist Chuck Bell. Weekend highs will be in the 60s.

Download the NBC Washington app and stay with Storm Team4 for the latest forecast.

What else should MCM racers know?

Find an interactive version of the route map; pace requirements; feeding and water aid points and entertainment stations online here.

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