Deadline Arrives for Active Duty, Runners Club and Deferment Runners
QUANTICO, VA (Feb. 18, 2011) – Runners from around the world are preparing to register for the 2011 Marine Corps Marathon (MCM) as this year’s event opens to the public at noon on Wednesday, February 23 at www.marinemarathon.com. The registration date commemorates the anniversary of the flag raisings during the Battle of Iwo Jima in World War II.
“Registration for the MCM traditionally sells out quickly, so runners should not hesitate to secure a spot in ‘The People’s Marathon,’” says MCM Director Rick Nealis.
The 36th MCM will be held on Sunday, October 30. The marathon begins in Arlington, VA, between the Pentagon and Arlington National Cemetery and runs throughout some of the most scenic areas of the nation’s capital before arriving at its spectacular finish at the Marine Corps War Memorial in Rosslyn.
The MCM has a registration capacity of 30,000 runners. During the registration process, runners may elect to purchase MCM training apparel by Brooks, tickets to the Carbo Dining In pasta dinner on October 29, a digital photo package from MarathonFoto or an online marathon training program.
February 22 is the final date all active duty and reserve members of the military can receive a 15 percent registration discount.
In addition, February 22 is the deadline for all members of the MCM Runners Club to obtain early registration for the 2011 MCM. The MCM Runners Club includes 2,130 marathoners who have run at least five MCMs.
February 22 also is the deadline for all runners to re-register their deferment from the 2010 MCM to the 2011 event. More information about the MCM Runners Club and deferments is available at www.marinemarathon.com.
For media information regarding the Marine Corps Marathon and other running events, contact Tami Faram, MCM Public Relations Coordinator at [email protected] or 703-432-1840.
Voted the best marathon for families, the Marine Corps Marathon honors the dedication, sportsmanship and patriotism of its participants. Runners from all walks of life participate in the largest marathon not to offer prize money, earning the name, “The People’s Marathon.” The MCM is the fifth largest marathon in the United States and the ninth largest in the world.
The 36th MCM will be held on October 30, in Arlington, VA. No federal or Marine Corps endorsement is implied.