RACE DATE: Sunday, October 25, 2020
RACE TIME: 7:55 AM
COURSE: The Marine Corps Marathon, aptly nicknamed the "Marathon of the Monuments," offers exciting changes on the course including a flatter route and new approach to the Capitol. The most notable change in this year's course occurs from Miles 6-9 with runners now traveling north on scenic Rock Creek and Potomac Parkway along roads that are relatively flat. The USATF-certified 26.2 mile marathon course starts in Arlington, VA on Route 110 between Arlington National Cemetery and the Pentagon. The course moves through Rosslyn along Lee Highway before turning on Spout Run and the George Washington Parkway. Runners will experience a climb on Lee Highway in the first few miles of the course, but are rewarded with a descent along Spout Run and the Parkway. After crossing Key Bridge into Georgetown between Miles 4 and 5, runners turn right along the renowned M Street where throngs of spectators will cheer them through the most popular area of historic Georgetown.
From M Street, MCM runners continue turning right onto Wisconsin Avenue and then left onto K Street, and continue to run on K under the Whitehurst Freeway. Runners then make a continuous loop turning right onto 27th Street, right onto I Street, right onto Virginia Avenue and finally turn right onto Rock Creek and Potomac Parkway, heading north. It is along the Parkway that MCM runners will enjoy running the beautifully tree-lined roadways and under historic stone-covered bridges before making a U turn at the median located at Beach and Shoreham Drives. After the U-turn, runners follow the southbound lanes of Rock Creek and Potomac Parkway heading past the impressive Kennedy Center and under the Theodore Roosevelt Bridge. Between Miles 10 and 11, MCM participants travel parallel to the steps of the Lincoln Memorial and then bear left onto Ohio Drive while passing under Arlington Memorial Bridge. Runners remain right of the John Ericsson National Memorial as Ohio Drive meets Independence Avenue and then right onto Ohio Drive entering West Potomac Park along the scenic Potomac River. Runners continue to travel along Ohio Drive and throughout the Hains Point peninsula to the very end of the point, as Ohio Drive continues along the other side of the peninsula adjacent to the East Potomac Golf Course.
WEATHER: Expect anything and everything from temperatures in the low 40’s at the start to upper 70’s at the finish. The average temperature in October is a low of 46F and a high of 64F.
NUMBER PICKUP: All runners must pick up their bib and race packet at the MCM Health & Fitness Expo, located at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center at National Harbor, MD. The EXPO is open on Friday, October 23 from 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM and Saturday, October 24 from 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM. You can learn more here.
GUARANTEED ENTRY PROCEDURE: Guaranteed entry can only be confirmed when booked with a minimum two (2) night hotel stay at one of our available hotels. Booking your hotel and entry is a two-step process.
NOTE: Registration for the Marine Corps Marathon is conducted via an online lottery. The 2020 MCM Lottery registration opens March 18-31, 2020 via the race website.