FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Runners, Spectators Enjoy Easy Access to 38th Marine Corps Marathon Metro
Opens at 5 a.m. with Free Marathon-Day Shuttles for October 27 Event
QUANTICO, VA (Oct. 21, 2013) - Runners from around the world will descend
on Arlington, VA and the nation's capital as they prepare to run the 38th
Marine Corps Marathon (MCM) on Sunday, Oct. 27. Transportation information
is essential to the 40,000 runners participating in the MCM and MCM10K, and
to thousands of spectators, including family and friends who are supporting
their runner's success. The MCM makes getting to and from the event easy by
offering early access to Metro and continuous shuttle service throughout
the day at no cost to participants and spectators.
Metro rail service begins at 5 a.m. on MCM day. All MCM participants should
take the Blue or Yellow line to the Pentagon Station to access Runners
Village hosted by Boeing in the Pentagon North parking lot. Event signage
will direct runners to UPS Baggage Drop Off and to the Route 110 start line
in Arlington, VA. The Arlington Cemetery Station (Blue) will not open until
8:30 a.m. on event morning. This Metro station will serve spectators
immediately following the Marathon start and those exiting the event
throughout the day.
The MCM10K start is located near the Smithsonian Metro station (Blue) on
the National Mall in Washington, DC. For easiest access to Metro, a
SmarTrip card can be purchased ahead of the event.
Convenient on-course Metro stations:
Pentagon Blue/Yellow Runners Village/Start
Arlington Cemetery Blue Spectator Finish/Runner Post-Race Exit
Rosslyn Blue/Orange Finish Festival/Runner Post-Race Exit
Crystal City Blue/Yellow Miles 22-23/Crystal City Kids Festival
Smithsonian Blue/Orange MCM10K Start/Miles 18-19/National Mall
On Sunday, Oct. 27, free parking is available in Crystal City at the corner
of 23rd and Crystal Drive.
Free shuttles are available for runners and spectators starting at 5:30
a.m. from the Crystal City, VA parking area (listed above) to Runners
Village in the Pentagon North parking lot.
Runners and spectators can depart from the Finish Festival in Rosslyn and
return directly to the parking area in Crystal City. These shuttles are
parked at the corner of Oak Street and Wilson Boulevard in the Finish
Post-Race Taxi Service
The taxi stand will be located near Family Link-up in the Finish Festival
on the corner of 19th and Lynn Streets. Taxi service is not free of charge,
but taxis are continuously running throughout MCM day.
This year, the MCM is partnering with Area Wide Protective to provide
traffic management services and traffic control devices throughout the MCM
and MCM10K certified courses. Teams from AWP will mark the courses with
600-700 cones while employing several fully-equipped trucks and the
professional traffic control services of 20 volunteers from AWP's
facilities in Virginia and Maryland. AWP's corporate team (based in Ohio)
is working with the Virginia Department of Transportation and the MCM to
develop temporary traffic control plans to ensure the safety of the
runners, MCM volunteers and the public.
"As America's Traffic Control Leader, we are excited to be a part of this
nationally significant event by providing the safe, compliant and reliable
services and equipment for which we are well known," says Sammy Rice, AWP
Operations Manager, Manassas, VA.
More information about the 38th MCM is available at www.marinemarathon.com
About Area Wide Protective: Formed in 1993, Area Wide Protective (AWP) has
become the largest traffic control operation in the United States. Daily,
AWP deploys over 1,000 traffic control professionals to nearly every major
public utility & contractor throughout 17 states. AWP provides a full range
of traffic control services, including traffic management and flagging,
design and engineering, inspections, training, and temporary traffic
control sings and equipment for rental or sale to a diverse customer base.
Whether it be a simple single lane closure on a two lane road or a complex
detour, AWP's unparalleled experience, technical competency, and
unrelenting focus on safety allows its customers the freedom and peace of
mind to concentrate on their core competencies, leaving all aspects of work
area protection to AWP's fully capable team.
About the MCM: The Marine Corps Marathon (MCM) is the third largest
marathon in the United States, eighth largest in the world and voted "Best
Marathon in the Mid Atlantic" and "Best Marathon for Spectators." The MCM
honors the dedication, sportsmanship and patriotism of its participants.
Also known as "The People's Marathon," runners from all walks of life
participate in the MCM, which is the largest marathon not to offer prize
money. The 38th MCM sponsored by Arlington, Boeing, Brooks, GE and Nissan,
will be held on October 27, 2013 in Arlington, VA. No federal or Marine
Corps endorsement is implied.