FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
35th Marine Corps Marathon Enjoys Near Record Sell Out
"The People's Marathon" Captures 30,000 Participants in Under Six Days
QUANTICO, VA - (April 13, 2010) - At near record pace, the 35th Marine
Corps Marathon (MCM) today sold out at 11:57 a.m. Eastern, with 30,000
participants registered to run on October 31. The MCM opened to the public
on April 7 reaching full capacity in just under six days, marking the third
"Year after year, the Marine Corps Marathon continues to grow in popularity
and remains the favorite marathon to run," says Rick Nealis, MCM Race
The MCM known as "The People's Marathon," registered 23,793 runners in the
first 24 hours. Runners are participating from all 50 states and more than
40 countries. The fastest MCM registration occurred in 2005, when capacity
was reached in 62 hours and 9 minutes.
Runners still interested in the participating in the 2010 MCM can register
to run for one of the more than 80 charities participating in the MCM
Charity Partner Program by linking to the MCM charity page on the website
at www.marinemarathon.com. A wide variety of charitable causes from all
over the world are taking part in the MCM this year.
"The charities are poised to receive a large number of requests from
runners still interested in gaining access to the 35th MCM," says Nealis.
"Running for a charity not only is inspiring, but it brings out the 'team
spirit' among runners, which is what the United States Marine Corps is all
The MCM is the fourth largest marathon in the country and the eighth
largest in the world. Runners from all walks of life and athletic abilities
will participate in the marathon that will start in Arlington, VA, run
throughout the nation's capital and finish at the Marine Corps War Memorial
in Rosslyn, VA.
For more information about the MCM and the weekend of events, contact Tami
Faram, MCM Public Relations Coordinator at 703-432-1840 or
Voted the best marathon for families, the Marine Corps Marathon honors the
dedication, sportsmanship and patriotism of its participants. Runners from
all walks of life participate in the largest marathon not to offer prize
money, earning the nickname as "The People's Marathon." The MCM is the
fourth largest marathon in the United States and the eighth largest in the
world. The 35th anniversary Marine Corps Marathon will be held on October
31, in Arlington, VA. No federal or Marine Corps endorsement is implied.