42nd Marine Corps Marathon – Oct 22, 2017

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Sunday, October 22nd will be the 42nd annual Marine Corps Marathon and 10K run. The course is unique in all the marathons across the nation – and around 40,000 people are expected to participate. The race kicks off at 07:55 a.m. Eastern tomorrow morning. The main part of the race is 26.2 miles in length.

“Hosted in the nation’s capital with the start and finish in Arlington, VA, the Marine Corps Marathon offers an unparalleled journey through the most recognizable landmarks in our country. Begin the run situated between the Pentagon and Arlington National Cemetery, continue through Rosslyn before journeying into the District to tour Georgetown and the National Mall on the way to ‘beating the bridge.’ Enter Arlington and pass the Pentagon, tour Crystal City, and finish uphill (you read that right) at the Marine Corps War Memorial.”


According to the Washingtonian, if you can’t finish the race, there are “Straggler’s Buses” that pick up the tired folks limping along the rest of the course. If they can’t maintain the 14 minute-per-mile pace required, the buses are there to help them get back to the finish line. Marines come out on the course towards the end to help runners get over on the sidewalks or on the stragglers buses to help them stay safe. The buses serve as a bit of camaraderie from runners who end up alone as well.

Best wishes to all who are in the race!

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