FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Kim Roberson
28th MARINE CORPS MARATHON TO OFFER GUARANTEED RACE ENTRIES
REGISTERED PARTICIPANTS OF CANCELLED WASHINGTON D.C. MARATHON
QUANTICO, VA (March 20, 2003) - The Marine Corps Marathon will offer 1,000
guaranteed entries into the 28th Marine Corps Marathon being held on Sunday,
October 26 to registered runners of the now-cancelled Washington D.C.
"The Marine Corps Marathon feels terrible for the runners who have trained
so very hard over the winter months in preparation for their marathon
dream," said Marine Corps Marathon Race Director Rick Nealis. "Two years
ago, after 9-11, when the Air Force Marathon cancelled, the Marine Corps
Marathon offered a similar opportunity to those runners to run in the
then-closed race. War and other concerns of external aggression should not
stop us from living our lives and achieving our goals."
The Marine Corps Marathon conducts an online registration lottery to fill
the field of 18,000 runners. The event has sold out for four consecutive
years. Registered runners in the cancelled D.C. Marathon can avoid the
online lottery and secure a guaranteed spot in the 28th Marine Corps
Marathon by sending a letter requesting entry accompanied by a copy of the
official registration confirmation from the D.C. Marathon. An application
for the Marine Corps Marathon will then be sent to the runner. Only the
first 1,000 applications received by the Marine Corps Marathon office will
be accepted. Send registration request with confirmation to:
28th Marine Corps Marathon
c/o Marathon Goodwill Entry
PO Box 188
Quantico, VA 22134
Registration for the 28th Marine Corps Marathon costs $80. All entries are
non-refundable. Transfer requests will be accepted until September 4. A
$20.00 fee will be charged to transfer a runner's entry.
The 28th Marine Corps Marathon will be held on Sunday, October 26, 2003 in
Arlington, Virginia. Lottery registration continues through May 19, 2003
with entry drawings beginning on April 15, 2003. To register, visit
www.marinemarathon.com. For media information, contact Kim Roberson in the
Marine Corps Marathon Public Relations office at (703) 784-2225 ext. 296.
For registration information, please contact the Marine Corps Marathon
registration office at 1-800-RUN-USMC, or visit www.marinemarathon.com.
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