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Race Dates

2018: TBD
2017: Sunday, October 22, 2017

Course Information

Profile: Mostly Flat
Type: Loop
Surface: Road/Pavement
Certified?: Yes

Race Day Weather

Mean Temp.: 55°F (12°C)
Average High: 64°F (17°C)
Average Low: 46° F (7°C)

Historical Weather


PR Score & Course Score

PR Score: 98.47
Course Score: 98.47

Race Size

2017: No Results
2016: 19,724 Finishers
2015: 23,185 Finishers

BQ Percentages

2017: N/A
2016: 3.1%
2015: 3.7%

Miscellaneous Information

Pace Groups?: Yes

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Course Description

**New Course for the 2017 Marathon**

This year's Course Profile, Pace Bands, and PR/Course Scores have been uploaded for the new course.


Marathon Rankings

The Marine Corps Marathon was the 7th largest marathon in the U.S. last year and was the 4th largest in 2015.

Last year 3.1% of finishers qualified for the Boston Marathon and 3.7% of runners qualified for Boston in 2015.

This gives the Marine Corps Marathon the 444th highest percentage of Boston Marathon qualifiers in the U.S. last year and the 395th highest percentage in 2015.


Its Course Score of 98.47 ranks it as the 275th fastest marathon course in the U.S. and the 1st fastest course in Washington D.C..

The typical race time temperature and humidity levels are within the ideal range for optimal marathon performance. This, coupled with the Course Score, gives the Marine Corps Marathon a PR Score of 98.47. This PR Score ranks it as the 217th fastest marathon in the U.S. and the 1st fastest in Washington D.C..

Learn more about PR Scores and Course Scores on the FAQ page.


Elevation Chart

Max Elevation: 232 feet (70m)
Min Elevation: 2 feet (0m)

Marine




Recent Marine Corps Marathon Reviews

4.6 Stars from 49 Reviews
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review of 2017 Marine Corps Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

Review

This is an extremely well-supported, beautiful course that makes you proud to live in this country. I grew up in MD and thought that I knew D.C. Now I feel sad that I took so much for granted as a child.

Race Tips

Start off slower than you think, the hills at the beginning are deceptive and more damaging than you think.

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

Leave an hour earlier than other races because of the crowds. Pick any Arlington hotel and take the Metro. Easy Peasy to the start and finish.



review of 2017 Marine Corps Marathon.   

4 / 5 Stars

Review

There are only 12 water stations. On a cool, cloudy day this would probably be OK, but the last 2 years have been warm (highs in mid 70s to 80s). There are 2 stretches where you won't have access to water for almost 3 miles.

The DC portions of the race are packed with spectators, but other parts may be pretty desolate. The 14th St. bridge is a particularly difficult section, mentally and physically - no access to water, no spectators and no cover from the sun.

Marines do a terrific job pumping you up, manning aid stations, and finish line duties. The race start is really cool too.

Race Tips

If it's going to be warm, bring your own container to refill at water stations if you want to hydrate every mile. Make sure to know where the longest waterless segments are so you can get extra before going into them. There were people handing out ice in Crystal City, but if you can get a family member to get you ice before that (especially before 14th st. bridge) that helps a lot. Most of the first half of the course is covered from the sun but most of the back half is not.

The climb on Lee Hwy is pretty tough, but it gets easier after that

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

We stayed in Rosslyn at Key Bridge Marriott and it was a relatively easy walk to the starting line and even shorter walk back from the finish line. Make sure to get there at least 30 minutes before the start. The placement in corrals isn't enforced, so getting onto the course isn't difficult if you are standing outside the barricades.



review of 2016 Marine Corps Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

Review


Race Tips


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review of 2016 Marine Corps Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

Review

What a fantastic race. From the support of the Marines to the spectators, the absolutely touching memorial mile at 10-11, this race is unforgettable. The hills are tough - but just know that they are there!

Race Tips

Shuttles to the race are fantastic.

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)




review of 2016 Marine Corps Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

Review

Great crowd support and beautiful course.

Race Tips


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