Congratulations to all the runners who successfully secured a spot in  "The People's Marathon." Oorah! The field includes runners from all 50 states plus the District of Columbia, several territories and 52 countries. This is the first of a limited series of eNewsletters that will help in preparations for your #RunWithTheMarines on October 27.    
Book a room at the headquarters hotel, the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center at National Harbor. That’s also the location of the MCM Health & Fitness Expo presented by Cigna . Free event day shuttles from Gaylord to Metro will be available. Runners may also choose to stay near the start and finish in Arlington, VA, home of the MCM. Free shuttle service is available from Crystal City in Arlington to Runners Village and from Gaylord to Metro. Take advantage of special "best available" rates at all partner hotels, but you must reserve a room through the MCM website .
 Purchase tickets to the MCM-eve pasta dinner—the Carbo Dining In —on Saturday, October 26 at the Gaylord National Resort. The program includes a delicious buffet dinner, amazing musical entertainment from the Quantico Marine Band and featured speaker Dean Karnazes, acclaimed endurance athlete, best-selling author, MCM50K participant and one of the “100 Most Influential People in the World."

Learn about Honey Stinger nutrition , new energy gel partner of the MCM. Honey is the main carbohydrate source because research on endurance athletes shows bodies better tolerate a carbohydrate mix. A carb mix, like that found in honey, also prevents fatigue and enhances performance more than a single carbohydrate form. Honey Stinger will help fuel runners from training right through the finish line with two on-course energy gel stations.  
The MCM, in partnership with Marathon Brewing, a new endeavor from The Boston Beer Company , announces that 26.2 Brew will be featured in the MCM Finish Festival. The golden, hazy ale offers athletes a reward for their hard work. Brewed with Himalayan sea salt and coriander, 26.2 Brew provides drinkers a crisp body and refreshing finish with 4.0% ABV, 9g carbs and only 120 calories. 

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. 
Personalize your finisher medal with a special ribbon adornment made by iTAB . Runners can purchase the ribbon buckle with name and finish time. This is the ideal way to mark the accomplishment of finishing the MCM and adding a personal element to the Eagle, Globe and Anchor medal.

For the first time ever, the Runcoach online program and app are now FREE for all MCM runners . The Runcoach program has helped thousands of MCM finishers run their best on event day. This is a uniquely qualified program that combines a dynamic app with real coaches to guide runners every step of the way. Join the training team on the iPhone or Android App or online .

Registered runners who find themselves unable to participate in the MCM may  transfer an entry  to an unregistered individual by accessing their online account on Haku, the MCM registration platform. Transfers are available now. Usually, runners find transfer partners 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 2020. This service begins in August.
Registration is now open for the MCM10K and the MCM Kids Run. The Kids Run happens on October 26, the day prior to the MCM, and costs just $10. 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 $60.

Yes, the MCM hosts a half marathon. Registration is open for the  Marine Corps Historic Half on May 19. The event offers all the organizational excellence you expect from the MCM, historic sites and a challenging hill right at mile 10. Other distance options that day include the  Semper 5ive miler presented by  Navy Federal Credit Union and the 18.1 mile Devil Dog Double
Go fierce or go for fun. The MCM's  mud and obstacle running challenge   featuring more than 20 wild obstacles and mud pits through the hills and trails of Quantico. All finishers earn a Run Amuck coin. Register to do a double by combining Run Amuck with either the 8K or Ruck to complete the Crossroads Challenge
Honoring the battle that earned the Marines the “Devil Dogs” nickname, the 4.97 mile event reflects the wooded terrain of the famed WWI battle in France. All finishers earn a medal. The event is hosted on Marine Corps Base Quantico.  Register now .

A 'ruck' can be simply described as walking a long distance while wearing a backpack or, for Marines, moving quickly with all the required military gear over rugged terrain. At Recon Ruck , participants will navigate a 12-mile course on Quantico’s roads and trails while carrying a weighted pack.

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 just opened . There’s also a one mile run for participants of all ages.
Spread the word- Spots for the 44th 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, shuttle transportation, pre and post MCM hospitality tents, Carbo Dining In tickets and more. Options available for one or two runners and two or three nights.