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Posted: July 10, 2009  : Add to Mixx! Subscribe to stories like this

(RWire) Athletics: Harris Corporation Provides 3-D Virtual Map of Marine Corps Marathon Course

Technology gives realistic, complete view of 26.2 mile course

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (July 6, 2009) - For the first time, participants in the 2009 Marine Corps Marathon (MCM) can see a virtual, three-dimensional map of the entire marathon course, thanks to technology from new sponsor Harris Corporation (NYSE:HRS). Harris is using technology from its RealSite(r) product family to create the stunningly realistic video map, which is now available on the MCM website ( The 34th running of the MCM will take place on Sunday, October 25, 2009.

Harris, an international communications and information technology company, created the realistic 3-D view of the entire 26.2-mile course, including trees, buildings and signage from start to finish.

"Runners ideally take the time to preview a marathon's course ahead of time, but since so many MCM participants come from outside of the D.C. area, this is not always a realistic option until race day," said Rick Nealis, director, Marine Corps Marathon. "With the technology provided by Harris, runners can see the MCM course online from anywhere in the world, with greater detail than ever. Consequently, this year's group of runners will probably be more familiar with the course than any group we've ever had."

Harris, which provides geospatial visualization technology and models to business, government and military customers, used its patented geospatial RealSite(r) solution to transform satellite, aerial and ground-based imagery into an extremely accurate model as well as moving videos of the MCM race course. Harris also recently produced 3-D virtual models and videos of Washington, D.C., the Presidential Inauguration Parade route, the National Memorial Day Parade route, Arlington National Cemetery and the Baltimore Orioles' famed Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Aerial oblique imagery was provided courtesy of Pictometry Corporation.

3-D urban models, such as the one of the MCM route, are built from ground, aerial and satellite imagery using technology developed for government customers and are geospatially accurate. Harris has developed nearly 500 global 3-D models during the past five years as a prime contractor for the U.S. government.

Voted "Best Marathon for Families", the Marine Corps Marathon continues a combined tradition of dedication, sportsmanship and patriotism. Runners from all walks of life have participated in the world's largest marathon to not offer prize money, deservingly earning the nickname "The People's Marathon." The 34th Marine Corps Marathon will be held on Sunday, October 25, 2009 in Arlington, VA.

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