Runners received in their inboxes this week the MCM, MCM10K or MCM50K e-Card. Bib number assignments are included in the e-Card. Runners must present the e-Card on a phone or a printed version at Packet Pick-up to obtain the official participant bib. The e-Card will be sent multiple times this month including October 16 and 22 to best ensure receipt.
The MCM has introduced a new App aptly titled “Marine Corps Marathon App.” Available for both iPhone and Android platforms, the app offers easy access to all essential MCM Weekend information including maps, spectator tips, schedules and transportation. Sign up to receive live runner tracking updates and access results throughout the event.
The MCM Health & Fitness Expo presented by Cigna features more than 150 exhibits and booths including the Cigna Health Improvement Tour plus Packet Pick-up, the Wegmans Launch Zone and the MCM Brooks store . Other great exhibits include lululemon, Hyundai, Honey Stinger , Flags of Valor and USAA . The Expo is hosted at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center on Fri., Oct. 25 from 10 a.m.- 8 p.m. and Sat., Oct. 26 from 8 a.m. –  6 p.m. Be there for the opening ceremonies on Oct. 25 at 9:30 a.m.  
Take Metro to the Eisenhower or Van Dorn Metro station for a free shuttle ride to the Expo --- or park at National Harbor. Pay parking is available in National Harbor and at the Gaylord. Prince George’s County Police will be stationed around National Harbor to minimize traffic delays.
Learn about MCM free parking in Crystal City, as well as shuttle routes to Runners Village. MCM and 50K runners should arrive at the Pentagon Metro station; while the MCM10K participants should use the Archives-Navy Memorial-Penn Quarter station.

The MCM is opening Metro at 6 a.m. on event morning. The MCM50K begins at 7:30 a.m. with the wheelchair and hand cycle division at 7:45 a.m. The MCM begins at 7:55 a.m. in Arlington, VA. MCM10K also starts at 7:55 a.m. on the National Mall. Marathoners and 50K participants must reach the DC Gauntlet by 12:33 p.m.; Beat the Bridge by 1:15 p.m.; and pass the Crystal City Gauntlet by 1:49 p.m.

A scarlet, gold or green mark is featured across the MCM participant bibs. The color has been assigned to each runner based on the anticipated finish time as input during registration. Runners will only be afforded access to the specific start line corrals that match the color on their bibs. The corrals will be designated by corresponding color flags on the top of the corral signs. Corral assignments may not be altered at this time. Runners are free to move back in the corrals but may not move forward.     
The MCM and 50K courses feature 13 water points with lemon-lime Gatorade and water from Walmart. Along the 14 th Street Bridge at mile 21 is the cupless water station. Runners will be encouraged to use their own containers and refill while ‘Beating the Bridge.’ Food stations include oranges at mile 9; Honey Stinger energy gels at miles 13 and 23; and Jelly Belly Sport Beans at mile 19. The 50K course includes a Sweet Spot Food Station featuring muffins from TCMA for the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center.  
Runners, supporters and loved ones from afar can sign up  to receive live split updates sent by text or email. The service will track every participant. 

If you plan to run the MCM listening to your favorite playlist, then you must download the Motigo app for added motivation of personal cheers from friends, supporters and loved ones. A personal support crew can record audio messages to be played just for you during the run. Add to your experience a limited number of MCM audio course highlights. Available for iOS and Android. Low battery drain. .
Runners and spectators will be required to access the start areas through safety check points. Runners must use the clear plastic bag issued at Packet Pick-up for at UPS bag check. Remember the entire MCM is a “no-drone” zone. As always, if you ‘see something, say something.’

Stroll into the lounge area to interact with running experts at the MCM Ask Me Stage . The lineup includes MCM Director Rick Nealis, Ultramaraton Man Dean Karnazes, author Michael Clinton, MedStar sports medicine experts, veteran Jared McGowan and a live recording of the Pace the Nation podcast. Sessions occur throughout the Expo on Fri. Oct. 25 and Sat. Oct. 26. The Ask Me Stage will be located in Hall C on the exhibit floor of the Health & Fitness Expo.
wear blue run to remember returns to Hains Point at Mile 12 honoring the lives of 300 fallen service members with a powerful living memorial.   During this powerful on-course experience, runners are invited to say a name, remember a face, and be inspired by the courage of these heroes. Visit   for more information about wear blue’s mission, finding a local wear blue community, and running MCM in blue.
Made with delicious honey and organic ingredients, Honey Stinger provides the fuel you need to push harder and go farther in your athletic journey. 

Visit the MCM Brooks Store in the Health & Fitness Expo for officially licensed MCM apparel featuring the event logo, phrases and icons. From "Run with Purpose" to "Finish with Pride," Brooks items showcase your commitment to "RunWithTheMarines.
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