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Big Names Added to MCM Audio Experience Presented by USAA

Run Virtually with the Marine Corps Marathon Audio Experience by Motigo


QUANTICO, VA (September 28, 2020)The Marine Corps Marathon Organization (MCMO) is proud to once again partner with Motigo to offer all virtual runners the opportunity to hear the authentic sounds of the actual event while running the Marine Corps Marathon (MCM) in locations across the country.

MCM, MCM50K and MCM10K runners will hear specially recorded motivational messages as they reach designated mile markers. Some messages are inspirational; others will share what historic landmarks runners would be passing were they running the actual courses in Arlington, VA and the nation’s capital. 

The special audio messages will play alongside the music or whatever else runners are listening to in their earbuds on the virtual run. Runners will hear the actual MCM emcee make the official start line motivational announcements; get cheer messages from MCM Director Rick Nealis and Col Will Bentley, Commander, Marine Corps Base Quantico; hear special shout outs from Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), actor Patton Oswalt, Washington Capitals announcer Joe Beninati, host of Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me! Peter Sagal and Olympic medalist Shalane Flanagan; get helpful guidance from the MCM Psyching Team; and share a moment of tribute with wear blue. Runners can also invite their own friends and family to record cheer messages specifically for them.  

The MCM Audio Experience sponsored by USAA is a free service via the Motigo app and is available beginning on September 27. Additional information and instructions are available at and


Entries are still available for the 45th MCM, MCM50K, MCM10K  and Semper Fun Mile. In addition to marking its 45th anniversary, this year’s MCM commemorates the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Iwo Jima by featuring actual volcanic ash collected at that site within the event medal.



For media information, please contact Jheanel Walters, Marine Corps Marathon Public Relations Coordinator at 703-987-3191 or

About MCMO

The Marine Corps Marathon (MCM) is one of the largest marathons in world. Recognized as “Best Marathon in the Mid Atlantic,” and the “Best Marathon for Charities,” the MCM honors honor, courage and commitment of its participants. Also known as “The People’s Marathon,” runners from all 50 states and more than 50 countries participate in the MCM, the largest marathon not to offer prize money. No federal or Marine Corps endorsement is implied. Connect with the Marine Corps Marathon on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and Flickr. #RunWithTheMarines


About USAA

Founded in 1922 by a group of military officers, USAA is among the leading providers of insurance, banking and investment and retirement solutions to nearly 13 million members of the U.S. military, veterans who have honorably served and their families. Headquartered in San Antonio, Tex., USAA has offices in seven U.S. cities and three overseas locations and employs more than 35,000 people worldwide. Each year, the company contributes to national and local nonprofits in support of military families and communities where employees live and work. For more information about USAA, follow us on Facebook or Twitter (@USAA), or visit