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“MCMTalks” to Debut at Marine Corps Marathon Runners Conference

MCM runners, Canadian Longboarder Chris Koch and industry experts provide perspectives


QUANTICO, VA (Oct. 11, 2017) – Chris Koch, a farmer from Alberta, Canada, born without limbs, is setting out on his latest adventure – to participate in the 42nd Marine Corps Marathon (MCM) in Arlington,
VA and the nation’s capital on Oct. 22.

While Koch is aiming for a four-hour MCM finish, he is also  bringing his “If I Can” message of possibility to the MCM Runners Conference, sponsored by the Columbia Business School. This year, the MCM Runners Conference includes  “MCMTalks, presented much like a TED Talk.

Register free of charge the Runners Conference including the “MCMTalks,” at All sessions will be held in Chesapeake Rooms H & I at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center, in National Harbor, MD.

MCMTalks includes Koch’s incredible journey along with other MCM runners who have gained a unique perspective from their personal experiences.

MCMTalks will feature runners who have faced difficulties from Parkinson’s disease, to becoming an aging competitor, to weight loss and anxiety as well as a runner who has gleaned great success from setting personal goals.

During the two-day Runners Conference, MedStar Sports Medicine’s Dr. Ankit Shah, also will present “The Heart of a Champion” from a cardiologist’s viewpoint and MedStar will host a strength training session for runners.

In addition, Runners Conference attendees can hear from MCM Director Rick Nealis, now celebrating his 25th anniversary at the helm of “The People’s Marathon.” There also are two opportunities to hear from running industry experts such as Clif, Team Beef and Runners World during the “MCM Final Prep,” and the “Runners World” panel that completes the sessions on Saturday, Oct. 21. 

MCM Runners Conference Schedule

Friday Oct. 20

Noon – “MCM Talks” – with Chris Koch, Jeff Stachowiak, Paul Lekan and Marina Jones

1:15 p.m. – Dr. Ankit Shah, MedStar Sports Medicine – “The Heart of a Champion.”

2:30 p.m. – “MCM Final Prep” – Clif, Team Beef, Runners World and MCM staff

3:45 p.m. – MCM Director Rick Nealis – “25 years of ‘The People’s Marathon.’ ”


Saturday, Oct. 21

Noon – MedStar Sports Medicine – “Special Strength Training for Runners”

1:15 p.m. – “MCM Talks” – with Amy Fisher, Will Hicks, Bret Parker and Chris Koch

2:30 p.m. – “Meet Runners World” – panel of running industry experts


Marine Corps Marathon Weekend occurs from Friday, Oct. 20 through Marathon Day, Sunday, Oct. 22. For more information, visit


Honoring the dedication, sportsmanship, and patriotism of its participants, the Marine Corps Marathon (MCM) is also known as “The People’s Marathon,” as runners from all walks of life annually participate. The 42nd MCM, coordinated by the Marine Corps Marathon Organization (MCMO) and United States Marine Corps, will be held October 22, 2017 in Arlington, VA. The MCM is sponsored by Arlington County, Brooks, GEICO Military, Leidos and MedStar Sports Medicine. No federal or Marine Corps endorsement is implied. #RunWithTheMarines