Distance: 26.20 mi
Type: Loop, Road
Difficulty: 4 / 10
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Address: Marine Corps Marathon, PO Box 188, Quantico, VA 22134
Filed Under: Running
The People's Marathon, one of the best introductory and middle-of-the-pack kind of races out there, is held annually in and around Washington, DC. The course is sponsored and organized by the Marine Corps, and staffed by 2500 Marines each year - making it one of the best-staffed and most fun runs around. The support from the local population and the Marines is unreal; it's a friendly mob of supporters you'll not find anywhere else, for a race that caters to non-elite runners.
The course runs on both sides of the Potomac, along the Mall, through Georgetown, past nearly every memorial in town, and back in a large loop to the Marine Corps' Iwo Jima Memorial in Arlington National Cemetary. Nearly at sealevel, it has some mild hills but is an easy run.
The run started in 1976; there is no prize money for finishers. The only real dead spots for local support come around Hains Point on the East Potomac Park island, frequently the wall point for runners.
This is an opportunity to spend a few days in the nation's capital, run a terrific race with amazing support, and have fun. The well-populated race website has news, forums, an email list, tons of information, and links to things to do around raceday and places to stay and eat.