Marine Corps Marathon Lottery to Close March 15

13 Mar 2014 06:34
Jean-Loup Fenaux
Press Release

Marathoners Have Limited Time To Pursue Access To October Event

QUANTICO, VA (March 11, 2014) – The Marine Corps Marathon (MCM) Lottery will close at noon Eastern this Saturday, March 15 leaving just days for runners to enter the Lottery pool. Runners may complete the MCM Lottery entry online at Anyone age 14 or above on Marathon day, Sunday, Oct. 26, is eligible to enter the MCM Lottery.

Once the Lottery closes, marathoners will be notified by email whether they have been selected for the 39th MCM. All participants will receive confirmation starting Wednesday, March 19. During the lottery registration process, runners can purchase tickets to the pre-marathon pasta dinner, the online training service, for Brooks training apparel or a discounted event photo package. No charges will occur until a runner is officially registered for the MCM. Individuals not gaining access to the event will not accrue any charges. The MCM registration fee is $110. The MCM Lottery opened on Feb. 19, providing runners 21 days to fulfill their intentions to participate in the 39th MCM. Runners from every state and 46 countries have signed up for the Lottery.

“The Lottery process has provided greater access to registration over a longer period of time for anyone who hopes to participate in ‘The People’s Marathon,’” says MCM Director Rick Nealis.

The Lottery is a new format for the MCM, which has been conducting registration on a first come, first serve basis, resulting in two-hour record sell outs of entries during the past two years.

Runners not selected through the Lottery will be able to register with any one of 86 MCM Charity Partners, which will begin registering participants on April 2. In addition, the MCM will conduct a Transfer Program in June for registered MCM runners no longer able to participate in this year’s event.

The 26.2 mile marathon will be held on Sunday, Oct. 26 in Arlington, VA and throughout the nation’s capital.

The Marine Corps Marathon (MCM) is the third largest marathon in the United States and eighth largest in the world and voted the “Best Marathon for Charities” and the “Best Marathon in the Mid Atlantic.” The MCM honors the dedication, sportsmanship and patriotism of its participants. “The People’s Marathon” is the largest marathon not to offer prize money. The 39th MCM, sponsored by Arlington, Brooks and GE, will be held on October 26, 2014 in Arlington, VA. No federal or Marine Corps endorsement is implied.