FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Media Contact: Beth Cline
Public Relations Coordinator
Marine Corps Marathon Unveils New, Interactive Course Map
QUANTICO, Va. - (July 21, 2005) - Incorporating state of the art technology
to create an interactive online experience, the Marine Corps Marathon and
The Map Network unveiled the new MCM course map. Available online at
www.MarineMarathon.com or in hard copy keepsake format at the MCM Runners' Expo
in October, the full color map offers innovative technology enabling
runners to view hundreds of different points-of-interest while drilling
down to the most detailed information. For runners, planning for the
October 30 event is now as easy as clicking a mouse.
"We are very excited to partner with the Marine Corps Marathon," said Shane
Green, president and CEO of The Map Network. "No event depends on mapping
like a marathon, and the Marine Corps Marathon will be able to provide
runners and spectators alike an online preview of the courses, spots to
stake out for the best viewing, local attractions in Washington, and even
the floor plan for the Runners' Expo."
Offering a new communication medium for the MCM and even additional
sponsorship opportunities, the custom course map features everything
runners and spectators need to know from mile-by-mile markers to the water
points, from medical aid stations to food stations, plus photo locations,
live music and entertainment. MCM8K runners and participants in the Healthy
Kids Fun Run can click through their own interactive course map as well.
Spectators can use the event map to follow the recommended route for
viewing runners. Parking, shuttle bus service and Metro routes are all
featured in great detail to ease any race morning transportation concerns.
"Gone are the days of hard to fold and even harder to figure out maps,"
said Rick Nealis, MCM Race Director. "The Map Network has created a map
that is easy to navigate, simple to use and will help make the race more
accessible and enjoyable to runners and spectators alike."
About the MCM
The Marine Corps Marathon continues a combined tradition of dedication,
sportsmanship and patriotism. Since its inception, over 300,000 civilian
and military runners from all walks of life have participated, deservingly
earning the event its nickname "The People's Marathon." The Marine Corps
Marathon is the seventh largest marathon in the United States and eleventh
largest in the world. Open to all runners who are physically fit, the MCM
welcomes runners from all 50 U.S. States and more than 40 countries.
Weekend Events include the two-day Runners' Expo, held for the first time
at the DC Armory in 2005. The Runner's Expo welcomes more than 100,000
guests to view over 200 booths offering commemorative products, health
demonstrations and a wide variety of running-related merchandise.
About The Map Network
The Map Network (TMN), based in Washington, DC, is transforming one of the
world's oldest information sources - maps - into a dynamic new marketing,
communications and revenue-generating tool for destination marketing
organizations and events. TMN offers a wide array of complete multimedia
map solutions that combine industry knowledge with cutting-edge technology
to reach sales and marketing goals. TMN currently serves as the Official
Map of the International Association of Convention and Visitor Bureaus
(IACVB) and more than 60 CVBs. TMN is also the Official Map of such leading
associations for meeting planners as IAEM and ASAE. More than 200 events
have used TMN's custom map-guides, including more than 25 of the Tradeshow
Week Top 200 tradeshows, the Republican and Democratic National Conventions
in 2004, the Senior Olympics and the World War II Memorial Dedication.