FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The Marine Corps Marathon Health & Fitness Expo Will be Held
Over Three Days Oct. 27-29 at the DC Armory Just Prior to the
36th MCM on Sunday, Oct. 30.
MCM Health & Fitness Expo to Expand to Three Days at DC Armory Free Event
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QUANTICO, VA (Oct. 19, 2011) - The Marine Corps Marathon (MCM) is extending
its annual Health & Fitness Expo presented by GE over three days prior to
the 36th MCM, featuring the biggest showcase in exercise equipment, product
sampling, health screening, fitness technologies, giveaways and unique
access to running industry experts, like Olympic marathoner Ryan Hall. The
Expo is free and open to the public from Oct. 27 through Oct. 29 at the DC
Armory located at 2001 E. Capitol Street in Southeast Washington, D.C. with
free parking available outside the Armory.
More than 100,000 attendees are expected to visit the Expo with 200-plus
exhibitors offering the MCM apparel store hosted by Brooks; MCM10K
presenting sponsor Aetna, offering free massages; USAA with limited edition
36th MCM coins and proud MCM automobile sponsor Nissan, offering a chance
to win the 100 percent electric Nissan LEAF and the opportunity to meet
Olympic marathoner Ryan Hall, who will be at the Expo on Saturday, Oct. 29.
As presenting sponsor, GE is showcasing the Achilles bone density scanner
and In-Body body composition equipment.
The Expo is free and open to the public:
Thursday, Oct. 27 -- 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 28 -- 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 29 -- 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
All participants of the MCM, MCM10K and Healthy Kids Fun Run will pick up
their race day materials during the three-day Expo. Each of the running
events are completely sold out with 43,000 registered to participate. All
participants must present their E-Confirmation card and photo ID to pick up
their runner's bib with B-tag timing device, mock-neck shirt, event patch,
UPS baggage claim sticker, the official race program "Salute" and weekend
The kick off to MCM Weekend will occur during opening ceremonies at the
Health & Fitness Expo beginning at 3:30 p.m., on Oct. 27. Marines from
Marine Corps Base Quantico's Ceremonial Platoon will Present Colors, while
the Quantico Party Band performs the National Anthem.
The runners in front of the line at the Expo opening will compete for the
first of 36 extra special Super Size goodie bags that will be randomly
distributed at various MCM events throughout the weekend. Super Size goodie
bag give-away times and locations will be posted on the MCM Facebook page
and on Twitter. Runners will want keep tracking the Super Size bags on
Facebook and Twitter to win. Super Size goodie bags are provided by
priorLIFE(tm) -- a green company that recycles MCM finish line banners into
Support the MCM's green initiatives and take the Metro to the Health &
Fitness Expo via the blue or orange lines to the Stadium/Armory station.
Free parking is also available in Lot #3 outside the DC Armory.
Stuff the Bus Challenge
The MCM is joining the Marine Corps Toys for Tots Campaign in its challenge
to "Stuff the Bus" full of toys for girls and boys. All attendees to the
Health & Fitness Expo can bring a new toy appropriate for girls or boy up
to age 15 with the goal to "Stuff the Bus" with plenty of goodies for the
holidays. U.S. Marines from Toys for Tots in Washington, DC will be at the
bus outside the front of the DC Armory collecting toys throughout the three
days the Expo is open to the public.
"Our goal is to completely stuff the bus inside and to also have enough
toys to fill the luggage compartments underneath," says Staff Sgt. Eugene
Sharpe, coordinator of the Stuff the Bus program. Marines from Toys for
Tots also will be located at a booth inside the Expo.
For questions or more information about MCM Weekend, contact Tami Faram,
Marine Corps Marathon 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 name, "The People's Marathon." The MCM, sponsored by
Brooks, Nissan, Aetna, Arlington, VA and GE, is the fifth largest marathon
in the United States and the ninth largest in the world. The 36th MCM will
be held on Oct. 30 in Arlington, VA. No federal or Marine Corps endorsement