FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
36th Marine Corps Marathon Sells Out in 28 Hours
2011 Registration Quashes Previous Record
QUANTICO, VA (Feb. 24, 2011) - At 4:04 p.m. today, the Marine Corps
Marathon (MCM) sold out all available online entries in just 28 hours and 4
minutes, marking the fastest sell-out in the history of "The People's
Marathon." The previous MCM registration record occurred in 2005, when the
event sold out in 62 hours and 9 minutes.
Runners rushed to register for the 36th MCM as it opened to public at noon
Eastern on Feb. 23, the date that commemorates the flag raisings at the
Battle of Iwo Jima during WWII.
"The energy and excitement of the runners is evident by the fast close out
of registration and the constant action on Facebook and Twitter relating to
the 36th MCM," says MCM Director Rick Nealis.
Christopher Donner, 34, of Williamsville, NY, who will be running his first
MCM was the first to register online. "I have family in the Washington,
D.C. area who have been encouraging me to run the MCM," says Donner. "They
told me it is the 'one to run.' "
Runners still interested in participating in the 2011 MCM can register to
run with one of the MCM Charity Partners by linking to the charity page of
www.marinemarathon.com. More than 70 organizations have reserved blocks of
entries to the event.
"Running for a charitable cause adds an entirely new level of inspiration
to the experience," adds Nealis. "With a wide variety of charities to
choose from, runners will have no challenge finding an important cause to
The 2011 MCM will welcome 30,000 registered participants. The MCM will
start in Arlington, VA, wind through the nation's capital and cross the
scenic Potomac River before heading back into Northern Virginia for the
iconic finish at the Marine Corps War Memorial in Rosslyn.
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 fourth
largest marathon in the United States and the eighth largest in the world.
The 36th MCM will be held on October 30, in Arlington, VA. No federal or
Marine Corps endorsement is implied.