Press Release

Marine Corps Marathon to Open Registration on March 27

19 Mar 2013 08:13
Jean-Loup Fenaux

30,000 Entries for ‘The People’s Marathon’ will be Available Online at Noon EST

QUANTICO, VA (March 13, 2013) – The 38th Marine Corps Marathon (MCM) will open registration online at noon EST on Wednesday, March 27 at Runners around the world are poised for the public opening of 30,000 entries for “The People’s Marathon,” which will be held on Sunday, Oct. 27 in Arlington, VA, and throughout the nation’s capital.

In 2012, the MCM sold out all available entries in a record 2 hours, 41 minutes, surpassing all other large U.S. marathons. The fast-paced sellout was celebrated by runners over social media channels adding to the fever pitch of MCM registration day.

“To best support the high demand and heavy volume of online traffic, the MCM has been working with the online registration service to test system capacity to avoid delays and server issues,” says Rick Nealis, MCM Director. “We expect runners will have immediate success on registration day.”

The MCM is also offering these registration day tips to runners:

Tip #1: Once the registration form has been opened, fill out all fields thoroughly and completely and consider which items you want to purchase.Brooks training shirts and hats, Carbo Dining-In tickets, the MarathonFoto super coupon and the MCM Online Trainer will additionally be on sale on MCM registration day.

Tip #2: After submitting registration payment, a confirmation message will appear on screen. Print the message as it includes each individual runner registration ID number.

Tip #3: Don’t freak out if you fail to receive a confirmation email immediately after completing the registration process. The distribution of confirmation emails will be purposely delayed to reduce stress on system throughout open registration.

Registration for this year’s MCM is $99, making “The People’s Marathon”still one of the most affordable and advantageous for the participant. “Despite other soaring marathon registration costs, the MCM has kept its registration price in check while offering each runner amenities from the classic competitor shirt and MCM patch, to advanced results and timing services, to the official event program and even the opportunity to attend free MCM Weekend events,” adds Nealis.

Acknowledged as the best organized running event in the world, the MCM annually is coordinated by the U.S. Marine Corps. The MCM is the third largest U.S. marathon and eighth largest in the world, and the largest marathon that does not offer prize money. Participants ages 14 and above can register to participate in the 38th MCM.

All Active Duty and military Reservists (from every service branch) have until midnight EST on Sunday, March 24 to receive a 15 percent discount off the full registration cost for the 38th MCM. The registration discount, offered by MCM partner GEICO, began on February 23, allowing military members to pay just $84.15 to register. The 15 percent discount echoes GEICO’s slogan, “15 minutes could save you 15 percent or more on car insurance,” and marks the fourth year the insurance company has teamed with the MCM on this early access offer. For more information about the 38th MCM, visit

The Marine Corps Marathon (MCM) is the third largest marathon in the United States and voted “Best Marathon in the Mid Atlantic” and “Best Marathon for Charities.” The MCM honors the dedication, sportsmanship and patriotism of its participants. Also known as “The People’s Marathon,” runners from all walks of life participate in the MCM, which is the largest marathon not to offer prize money. The 38th MCM sponsored by Boeing, Brooks and GE, will be held on October 27, 2013 in Arlington, VA. No federal or Marine Corps endorsement is implied.