Marine Motivation Zone
The Marine Motivation Zone will debut at mile 12 of the 2018 Historic Half course. This section of the course will be decorated with Marine Corps imagery and artwork featuring some of the most famous Marines in history. The display will also feature the images and names of up to 15 runner-nominated Marines. If you are running the Historic Half in honor or in memory of a Marine, nominate your Marine by posting his/her picture and story on the MCM Facebook page under a special post on April 19. Marines will be randomly selected for placement in this special on-course display. 
Check your email inbox on May 9 for the Historic Half e-Card. All runners must show the e-Card at Packet Pick-up within the  Healthy Lifestyle Expo. eCards may be presented on a phone or printed out in order to receive the official bib. 

The  Healthy Lifestyle Expo  at the Fredericksburg Expo & Conference Center (2371 Carl D. Silver Parkway) hosts Packet Pick-up and showcases more than 50 food, apparel and fitness vendors. The Expo is free and open from 12-7 p.m. on May 18 and 9 a.m.-6 p.m. on May 19.
Epic Apparel
The Historic Half apparel store is now online. Before event weekend, purchase limited-edition Historic Half-inspired performance apparel. Great selection of products and colors and new in 2018-the Historic Half store will feature Brooks apparel. The first 100 runners who purchase a pair of Brooks shoes or a Brooks sports bra at the expo will receive a free gift. 
M ake a weekend out-of-it and  book a hotel in Fredericksburg. Explore the great restaurants, historic sites and shops while staying convenient to the Healthy Lifestyle Expo and the start and finish. It’ll make you wonder what other memorable destinations are hiding off of I95.

Pohanka Nissan will decorate brand new Nissan vehicles with special shout outs to randomly selected Historic Half participants. Displayed at the Expo and along the course, these vehicles will feature a personalized shout out that could be just for you. Visit the Pohanka booth if your name is displayed on the vehicles to receive a special prize.
Registration is still available for the Semper 5ive presented by Navy Federal Credit Union . Runners will enjoy a 5ive mile course mirroring the end of the Historic Half including the same finish line. Amazing medal. Great shirt. And the challenge of Hospital Hill. 

Runners have supporters. These supporters can have their own unique Historic Half experience by volunteering during event weekend . Help is needed at the Expo, on the course, in the finish area. Encourage your family and friends to volunteer as individuals or as a group and work alongside the men and women of the United States Marine Corps.
Spots remain for the Historic Half and Devil Dog Double . If you are registered, share your excitement for this event with your running friends. If you haven’t registered, grab a spot now . Earn amazing finisher medals and conquer Hospital Hill.
Parking  will be available in Central Park for half marathoners. Devil Dog and Semper 5ive participants can park in designated lots adjacent to their start location. There is no pre-event shuttle service to any of the event locations.  
Spectators can shuttle from Central Park to downtown Fredericksburg on Mile 7 of the Marine Corps Historic Half course throughout event morning.  Post-run shuttles  will return Semper 5ive/Devil Dog runners to the designated pre-event parking locations.
On Saturday, May 19, a  free trolley shuttle  will run from the Healthy Lifestyle Expo to Downtown locations. After visiting the Expo, visit sites like Goolrick's Modern Pharmacy, home of the country's longest continuously-run soda fountain. 

Distinguish Yourself
All runners registered for any of the Historic Half Weekend events are eligible to earn the Distinguished Participant medal—the most limited of all of the MCM medals distributed throughout the year. Runners can earn Distinguished status by completing any of the Historic Half events plus  Run Amuck or Belleau Wood 8K  (June 23), the  Quantico 12K or Tri  (Aug. 25) and  Turkey Trot 10K  (Nov.17). Distinguished Participation medals will be presented at the Turkey Trot in November. Registration for most events is open now. 
Map out your Historic Half hydration strategy with a few facts about Gatorade Endurance Formula , available on course at all water points. A 12 oz. serving of Gatorade Endurance Formula contains 300mg of sodium, 140mg of potassium and 90 calories. Lemon-Lime flavor will be featured at the Half. Gatorade Endurance Formula contains no artificial flavors and has a lighter taste.
Registered runners who find themselves unable to participate in a Half Weekend event may  transfer an entry  to an unregistered individual or switch to one of the other distances. Runners seeking to transfer can connect through posts on the MCM Facebook page. Transfer option closes on May 2 at noon eastern.

MCM10K & Kids Run
Registration just opened 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 organized by the Marine Corps Marathon, 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.
The MCM's mud and obstacle running challenge   featuring more than 20 wild obstacles and messy mud pits along a three-mile course. Tackle the water blasts and hill climbs along the same trails where Marines train. 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.  

Want into the MCM? Spend MCM Weekend in style. 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.  
Capture Your Victory
Along the picturesque Historic Half, Semper 5ive and Devil Dog courses, MarathonFoto photographers will be positioned in front of scenic locations including start, downtown, along the river, before and after Hospital Hill, at the finish and with the medal. You focus on your finish, MarathonFoto will focus on you. Pictures will be available after the Half.