QUANTICO, VA (February 13, 2018) – Runners wanting to secure their spot in the Marine Corps Marathon (MCM) this October can run the Marine Corps 17.75K on March 24 in Prince William County, VA. The Marine Corps 17.75K is the annual kickoff to the MCM season, offering finishers guaranteed entry to “The People’s Marathon.”
Online registration for the Marine Corps 17.75K opens to the public at 11 a.m. Eastern, on Wednesday, Feb. 21 at www.marinemarathon.com. Runners will want to register quickly for the Marine Corps 17.75K as the event typically sells out within minutes as participants are eager to obtain the coveted MCM entry.
The Marine Corps 17.75K salutes the founding year of the Corps. It is a challenging, 11.03-mile run that moves along the winding roads and gravel pathways in the dense woods of Prince William Forest Park, located in Prince William County, VA.
“What better way to kick off the running season then to ‘run with the Marines’ in this unique event that celebrates Marine Corps history within the setting of this stunning National Park,” says Rick Nealis, Director, Marine Corps Marathon Organization.
New this year, all finishers will receive a dedicated link by email following the event with access to register for the 43rd MCM. Access Granted registration must be completed by noon Eastern on Tuesday, March 27 to officially register for “The People’s Marathon.”
Registration for the Marine Corps 17.75K costs $80 and is open to ages 10-and-older. Runners ages 17-and-under on March 24 will receive a 40 percent discount off registration as part of the MCMO’s Next Generation Inspiration Initiative. MCM access will only be granted to finishers age 14 and above, as 14 is the youngest age eligible to run the 43rd MCM on Sunday, Oct. 28, in Arlington, VA and the nation’s capital. Runners ages 10 to 13 may forward their entry code to another runner.
The Marine Corps 17.75K begins at 7 a.m. along Dumfries Road/Route 234 in Prince William County. Free shuttle service is available from area parking lots to the 17.75K start on event morning, March 24. Participants will receive a commemorative runner’s bib and specially designed technical T-shirt in addition to specially designed finisher’s medal, commemorating a run through the forest.
The Marine Corps 17.75K is part of the MCM Event Series, hosted March through November. More information about the Marine Corps 17.75K and the 43rd MCM is available at www.marinemarathon.com.
Run Amuck and the Belleau Wood 8K are part of the 2018 MCM Event Series, hosted by the Marine Corps Marathon Organization. The MCM Event Series is sponsored by Brooks, Camelbak, GEICO Military, Holiday Inn Quantico Center, Marines Plumbing, Sentara Healthcare and Wegmans. The Marine Corps Installations National Capital Region-Marine Corps Base Quantico (MCINCR-MCBQ) conducts the MCM through a series of events organized around the sport of running, showcasing physical fitness and generating community goodwill in order to promote the high standards and discipline of the Marine Corps. No federal or Marine Corps endorsement implied. #RunWithTheMarines