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Runners Make 'Mad Dash' to Register for Marine Corps Marathon
206 Runners-Per-Minute Register as the 36th MCM Opens to the Public Today
QUANTICO, VA (Feb. 23, 2011) - Online excitement is "volcanic" as 12,041
runners registered in the first hour public registration opened for the
Marine Corps Marathon (MCM), filling over 36 percent of the 30,000
available entries. The 36th MCM will be held on Sunday, October 30 in
Arlington, VA and the nation's capital.
"It's always an exciting to see how quickly runners register for the 'The
People's Marathon' which attracts runners to participate for so many
different reasons," says MCM Director Rick Nealis.
The first participant to register for the MCM was Christopher Donner of
Williamsville, NY, while Bernadette Fitzsimmons of Alberta, Canada was the
first international participant to register.
The MCM also topped all searchable items on Google today prior to
registration opening at noon Eastern and the MCM attracted 1,400 new
Facebook fans, increasing the following to 24,390.
Registration opened today on February 23, to commemorate the flag raisings
during the Battle of Iwo Jima during WWII. The MCM finishes at the Marine
Corps War Memorial which memorializes that historical event.
For media information regarding the Marine Corps Marathon and other running
events, contact Tami Faram, MCM Public Relations Coordinator at
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 name, "The People's Marathon." The MCM is the fifth
largest marathon in the United States and the ninth largest in the world.
The 36th MCM will be held on October 30, in Arlington, VA. No federal or
Marine Corps endorsement is implied.