Big news for the Marine Corps Marathon this week. First, Boeing announced that it’s joining the MCM to celebrate the centennial of Marine aviation. In honor of this celebration, the MCM start ceremony will feature a Boeing V-22 Osprey flyover at the conclusion of the national anthem. The ceremony beings at 7:45 a.m. on October 28.
Not long after Boeing made its sponsorship announcement, the MCM 10K sold out at a total of 10,000 registrants. The race sold out 3 weeks earlier than last year’s race and maybe it’s because MCM coordinators are promising 10K runners a “more impressive landscape in the most scenic area of the nation’s capital.” The race starts at 12th Street and Madison Drive, outside the National Museum of American History. New race course details are outlined below.
After charging through the MCM10K starting line, participants will run along Madison Drive passing the Museum of Natural History as they make a right turn onto 7th Street at the National Gallery of Art. Runners will then enjoy a striking view of the U.S. Capitol before turning onto Jefferson Drive as it meets the Air and Space Museum. Runners will then pass the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Gardens, the historic carousel, the grand Smithsonian Castle and Freer Gallery of Art. Turning left onto 14th Street, runners will travel by the Holocaust Museum and run over the scenic Potomac via the 14th Street Bridge. From there MCM10K runners will traverse Crystal City waving to the best crowd on the course, and then the North side of the Pentagon for another view of the Potomac. For the final 1.2 miles, MCM10K participants will run along Route 110, finishing alongside 37th MCM runners at the Marine Corps War Memorial.