It may only say February on the calendar, but it’s already time to start thinking about the fall marathon season! The 43rd Marine Corps Marathon (MCM), “The People’s Marathon,” takes place on Sunday, October 28, 2018. Whether you are considering 26.2 miles for the first time or you’ve done a number of marathons, the chance to #RunWithTheMarines is always a special one. If this is your first marathon, you would be in good company, as about a third of MCM runners each year are first-timers. It was my first marathon back in 2012, and I’ve done it a number of times since then because the experience never disappoints – it has awesome crowd support, it’s relatively flat (minus that infamous hill right at the end), it runs past many of the monuments, and my favorite part, a Marine puts a medal around your neck at the end.
While the race isn’t until October, registration is right around the corner, and it will take some planning to ensure you get a spot at that start line. There are a number of ways to secure one of the 30,000 spots for the race, but the main one is through the registration lottery. This year’s lottery is open from March 21-28, with notifications emailed out on March 29. You simply fill out a form to be entered into the lottery, and you are only charged if you get in.
If you want to skip the lottery or don’t get in, another great option is raising money for charity. There are over 90 organizations to choose from, some of which you can already sign up for to begin raising money. A great local charity to consider is Girls on the Run-DC. GOTR-DC inspires girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experienced-based curriculum which creatively integrates running. So not only would you be able to run the race, you would be creating opportunities for more young girls in DC to build self-confidence and experience the joy of running. You can learn more about the MCM charity bib process with GOTR-DC here.
Gaining entry into the race is the first step in an exciting journey to race day, so be sure to plan now for how you’ll get in, and stay tuned for more posts to help you along your journey to MCM!
Tammy Whyte is the owner and head coach at TW Training and Wellness and is both a certified personal trainer (NASM) and certified running coach (RRCA). She offers group training programs in DC, online run coaching, as well as training plans that integrate strength training. She will be leading a marathon training group for MCM, so be sure to check her out at www.twtrainingwellness.com.