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Encyclopedia > Marine Corps Marathon
Runners compete in the 29th Marine Corps Marathon, October 31, 2004.
Runners compete in the 29th Marine Corps Marathon, October 31, 2004.

The Marine Corps Marathon, affectionately known as "The People's Marathon", is run in Arlington, Virginia, and Washington, DC. The event typically takes place in late October, prior to the Marine Corps' birthday of November 10. The 30th MCM was run Sunday, October 30, 2005. ImageMetadata File history File links Download high resolution version (4257x2918, 2019 KB) Summary Caption: 041031-N-0502D-398 Washington, D.C. (Oct. ... ImageMetadata File history File links Download high resolution version (4257x2918, 2019 KB) Summary Caption: 041031-N-0502D-398 Washington, D.C. (Oct. ... Modern day marathon runners The word marathon refers to a long-distance road running event of 42. ... Arlington County is a county located in the U.S. state of Virginia (which calls itself a commonwealth), directly across the Potomac River from Washington, DC. By an act of Congress July 9, 1846, the area south of the Potomac was returned to Virginia effective in 1847 As of 2000... Aerial photo (looking NW) of the Washington Monument and the White House in Washington, DC. Washington, D.C., officially the District of Columbia (also known as D.C.; Washington; the Nations Capital; the District; and, historically, the Federal City) is the capital city and administrative district of the United... November 10 is the 314th day of the year (315th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 51 days remaining. ... October 30 is the 303rd day of the year (304th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 62 days remaining. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ...



Note: the course of the Marine Corps Marathon varies slightly from year to year. This is based on the 2005 course.

The marathon starts near, and ends at, the Marine Corps War Memorial in Arlington. Winding through the streets and highways of Northern Virginia, the course crosses the Potomac River for the first time on the Key Bridge. Now in the District, runners proceed along M Street through Georgetown. After a few miles on Rock Creek Parkway, the course leads south toward the Mall. First passing the Kennedy Center, then the Lincoln Memorial, runners head straight toward the U.S. Capitol. Turning west back down the Mall, the half-marathon point is crossed before reaching West Potomac Park and the Tidal Basin. Heading south past the Jefferson Memorial, the course enters East Potomac Park, leading toward Hains Point. The second crossing of the Potomac is critical, as runners must "beat the bridge" - cross the 14th Street Bridge before it is reopened to vehicular traffic. The final 5 miles in Virginia loop through the streets of Crystal City before passing the Pentagon. The marathoners finish their work as they reach the Iwo Jima Memorial. This article or section should be merged with USMC War Memorial The Marine Corps War Memorial is a military memorial statue located adjacent to Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia, U.S.A. The memorial is dedicated to all personnel of the U.S. Marine Corps who have died in the... The Potomac River at Great Falls, MD from Olmsted Island, water relatively low The Potomac River flows into the Chesapeake Bay, located along the mid-Atlantic coast of the United States (USA). ... The Francis Scott Key Bridge, or, more commonly, the Key Bridge, is a reinforced concrete arch bridge conveying U.S. Highway 29 traffic across the Potomac River between the Rosslyn section of Arlington County, Virginia, and the Georgetown section of Washington, D.C. It was built by the U.S... Georgetown is a neighborhood of Washington, DC, the capital of the United States. ... The National Mall is an open-area national park in downtown Washington, D.C., the capital of the United States. ... The Kennedy Center as seen from the Potomac River. ... The Lincoln Memorial, built 1915 - 1922 Aerial view of the Lincoln Memorial. ... United States Capitol The United States Capitol is the building which serves as home for the legislative branch of the United States government. ... Looking north from West Potomac Park across the Tidal Basin, showing cherry trees in flower West Potomac Park adjoins the National Mall in Washington, DC. It includes the parkland that extends south of the Reflecting Pool, from the Lincoln Memorial to the grounds of the Washington Monument. ... Jefferson Memorial at dusk, illuminated Rudolph Evans statue with the Declaration of Independence preamble to the right The front steps of the Jefferson Memorial The Jefferson Memorial at night, reflected on the Potomac River. ... East Potomac Park is a park in Washington, D.C., located south of the Jefferson Memorial and the 14th Street Bridge. ... Located at the southern tip of a peninsula extending into the Potomac River from Washington, DC, Hains Point is located at the geographical location where the Anacostia River and the Potomac River diverge. ... The 14th Street Bridge is a complex of three bridges which carry Interstate 395 and U.S. Highway 1 traffic across the Potomac River, connecting Arlington, Virginia and Washington DC. The bridge is also known for being the location of the Air Florida Flight 90 airplane crash on January 13... Satellite image of the interlocking highrises of Crystal City. ... A pre-9/11 view of The Pentagon, looking east with the Potomac River and Washington Monument in the distance. ...



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2005 Ruben Garcia 02:22:18


Year Name Time
2005 Susannah Kvasnicka 02:47:10


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External links

  • MarineMarathon.com - contains a detailed history of the origins of the event, and a course description.

  Results from FactBites:
Marine Corps Marathon - Race Details (1160 words)
The poor marines who were charged with fixing it seemed powerless to improve the conditions with the thousands of folks all hankering to meet their loved ones.
But that said, I'm finished with this marathon - there are enough small and medium alternatives in the region that I don't have to pay nearly $100 to experience the nightmare that this race has become.
MCM is a great course ruined by its truly awful bookends: complete, mindnumbing gridlock at packet pickup, the start, and the finish.
Marine Corps Marathon (118 words)
Congratulations to all runners, and thank you for supporting this year's 25th Marine Corps Marathon.
The Marine Corps Marathon "KidsPost Mini-Mile," presented by The Washington Post, began at 7:30 a.m.
No Marine Corps or Federal endorsement of sponsor is implied.
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