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Posted: August 5, 2016:  

Athletics: Marine Corps Marathon Invites Runners to Participate in Weekend Events

Online reservations available for Pep Rally, Runners Conference, Carbo Dining In and Runners bRUNch & 5K

QUANTICO, VA (Aug. 5, 2016) - The Marine Corps Marathon (MCM) is offering special opportunities for runners from around the world to share in the excitement of MCM Weekend this October. These include the MCM Pep Rally presented by First Command; MCM Runners Conference that includes U.S. Olympian speakers, the Carbo Dining In pasta celebration and the Runners bRUNch and 5K. All events will be held at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center at National Harbor. The events on Friday, Oct. 28 and Saturday, Oct. 29 are open for online registration at

MCM Pep Rally presented by First Command

Rousing cheers will be heard for MCM runners attending the Pep Rally presented by First Command on Oct. 28 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Gaylord. Presented by First Command, the MCM Pep Rally will include a panel of MCM running industry experts from Aetna, Clif Bar, the Beef Checkoff Program and wear blue: run to remember, which honors fallen service members in an emotional tribute along the MCM course. The cost of the Pep Rally is $15 for MCM runners and $17 per guest.

MCM Runners bRUNch & 5K

You don't have to be a marathon runner to participate in the MCM Runners bRUNch and 5K on Saturday, Oct. 29. Runners of any age can participate in this fun, 3.1 mile untimed run over the Woodrow Wilson Bridge Trail located parallel to scenic National Harbor Boulevard. A catered brunch will follow inside the Gaylord, featuring Schmacon from The Beef Checkoff and guest speaker Bart Yasso, Chief Running Officer for "Runner's World," who has completed marathons on every continent. The MCM Runners bRUNch begins at 8:15 a.m. Registration for the MCM Runners bRUNch is $55.

Carbo Dining In

The Carbo Dining In is the MCM's annual pasta dinner held the evening before the Marathon. The event welcomes attendees to a military-style dining in with patriotic music and a fantastic pasta buffet, including gluten-free and vegetarian options. Attendees will have the opportunity to hear from featured speaker Olympian Billy Mills, the former U.S. Marine who competed in the 1964 Olympics in Tokyo. Mills became the only U.S. Olympian to win a gold medal in the 10,000 meters. He also received the Presidential Citizen's Medal for his work with his nonprofit "Run Strong for American Indian Youth." The American Bombshells, a modern-day twist on the iconic Andrews Sisters, will perform patriotic classics throughout the evening.

Registration for the Carbo Dining is $50 for adults and $20 for kids age four and under.

MCM Runners Conference

Free and open to the public, the MCM Runners Conference will be held on Oct. 28 and 29 at the Gaylord. Participants may choose from the variety of sessions to include Olympians Jeff Galloway and Billy Mills. Galloway ran the 10,000 meters in the 1972 Olympics and is the renowned creator of the Run-Walk-Run training method. Mills, also speaking at the Carbo Dining In, will be available to Runners Conference attendees that previous day.

Throughout both days, the MCM Runners Conference will include tips to improve running and fitness and opportunities to strategize for the 41st MCM.

MCM Runners Conference Schedule:

Friday, Oct. 28
Meet Jeff Galloway, Olympian and Run-Walk-Run coach - noon
MedStar Health, Tips to Weatherproofing Your MCM Run - 1:15 p.m.
MCM Final Prep, to help participants navigate their MCM run - 2:30 p.m.
Meet Olympian Billy Mills - 3:45 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 29
MedStar - Interactive Best Exercises - noon
Getting to the MCM start - 1:15 p.m.
Meet Runner's World, Tips on How to Run Your Best MCM - 2:30 p.m.

Media interested in covering the 41st Marine Corps Marathon and Weekend of Events should contact Tami Faram, MCM Public Relations Coordinator at or 703-432-1840.

The Marine Corps Marathon (MCM) is voted "Best Marathon in the Mid Atlantic," the "Best Marathon for Charities" and the "Best Spectator Event." The MCM honors the dedication, sportsmanship and patriotism of its participants. Known as "The People's Marathon," runners from all walks of life participate in the MCM, the largest marathon not to offer prize money. The 41st MCM is sponsored by Arlington County, Brooks, Aetna, Hyundai and GEICO and will be held on October 30, 2016 in Arlington, VA. No federal or Marine Corps endorsement is implied. #RunWithTheMarines

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