Class of 2018
Congratulations to all the runners who successfully secured a spot in "The People's Marathon." Oorah! The field includes a 52/48 percent male-to-female ratio with runners from all 50 states plus DC, several territories and 67 countries. This is the first of a limited series of eNewsletters that will help prepare to #RunWithTheMarines.    
Book a room at the headquarters hotel, the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center at National Harbor or stay near the start and finish in Arlington, VA, home of the MCM. Special runners rates available through the MCM website.
Missed out on purchasing Brooks apparel during registration? Remaining inventory of motivational shirts and caps will be available for purchase on the Brooks website beginning April 20.

Purchase tickets to the MCM-eve pasta dinner—the Carbo Dining In —on Saturday, October 27 at the Gaylord National Resort. Includes delicious buffet dinner and amazing entertainment from the Singing Trooper, a former Marine and Massachusetts State Trooper. Featured speakers have been announced as iconic athlete Kathrine Switzer and internationally acclaimed author Roger Robinson. 
Gatorade Endurance Formula lemon-lime flavor will be on course at all water points. No artificial flavors and a light taste, Gatorade suggests training with what's on course to avoid surprises during the MCM. Create a personalized hydration and nutrition strategy for the MCM and practice it during training and MCM-simulation workouts. 

Training Program
The digital training platform creates a personal plan, adjusts the program as your progress and syncs with all leading devices. Data shows that 20 percent of runners achieve higher level of fitness using this plan. For MCM participants,  runcoach Training Service  is just $20.
Registered runners who are unable to participate in the MCM may  transfer an entry  to an unregistered individual beginning on July 11. Usually, these runners connect through posts on the MCM Facebook page. Another option for registered runners who can’t participate in this year’s MCM is to defer the entry to 2019. This service begins August 15.
Currently, the plan is for the 2018 MCM course to match the one used in 2017. MCM is currently obtaining all necessary approvals for this year’s event and will finalize the course, Metro timelines and any changes during summer.

Announcing Boom!
New to the MCM course in 2018.  CarbBoom! Energy Gels® - the best tasting, best performing Energy Gels. Made from real fruit concentrates and purees. 26g of carbs with no added sugars, sweeteners or artificial ingredients. Gluten free, dairy free, soy free and vegan friendly. Six great tasting flavors. Taste the Difference™!    Train with what’s on course. Use coupon code MCM18 for a 20% discount on great tasting CarbBoom! Energy Gels. Boom!
Registration opened earlier this week for the MCM10K and the MCM Kids Run presented by Virginia529 . The Kids Run happens on October 27, the day prior to the MCM, and costs just $6 with the Next Generation discount. The one mile fun run is open to young runners ages 5-12. The MCM10K starts on the National Mall and finishes alongside the MCM at the Memorial. Register now for low price of $50.
At all 2018 events, runners age 17 and under can enjoy a 40 percent discount on registration as part of the Next Generation Inspiration Initiative . Make running a family pursuit and sign up for any of the MCM running challenges.

Hospital Hill is calling. Register for the  Marine Corps Historic Half and run 13.1 in Fredericksburg, VA or choose the  Semper 5ive miler presented by  Navy Federal Credit Union on May 20. Being a motivated marathoner, you might like to run both—so register to run 18.1 in the Devil Dog Double and earn three medals in one morning. 
The MCM's mud and obstacle running challenge   featuring more than 20 wild obstacles and mud pits along a three-mile course. New this year, all finishers earn a Run Amuck coin. Register now .

On the 100 th anniversary of the battle that earned the Marines the “Devil Dogs” nickname, come run 4.97 miles through the wooded terrain of Quantico. All finishers earn a limited edition challenge coin.  Register now .

Hosted at Officer Candidates School on Quantico. Swim the Potomac, bike 20K, run 5K across the Marine Corps Base and earn an awesome medal at the  Quantico Tri . Or run the  Quantico 12K , a 7.4 mile distance challenge at just the right time during Marathon training. Registration opens April 25.
Spread the word: Spots for the 43rd MCM are still available by registering with an MCM Charity Partner . Find a cause that matters to you and join a charity team to raise funds and awareness while training for the MCM.  

Tell your non-registered friends: Limited quantity of the all-inclusive MCM registration bundle including MCM entries, hotel nights, event tickets including the MCM Hall of Fame dinner, shuttle transportation, pre and post MCM hospitality tents and more. Options available for one or two runners and two or three nights.