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Contact: Beth Cline
Marine Corps Marathon Announces New MCM10K
Event Will Partner with Race Packet Grand Prix Race Series
QUANTICO, Va. - The Marine Corps Marathon (MCM) has introduced a new 10K
race to be held in conjunction with the annual 26.2-mile event on Sunday,
October 29, 2006. The new 10K will utilize the same start and finish line
as the MCM and replace the previous MCM 8K. Runners of all ages are invited
to participate in the 6.2-mile race. Online registration opens at midnight
eastern time (00:00:01) on April 1, 2006 at www.MarineMarathon.com.
"A 10K is not a particularly unique distance for runners," said Rick
Nealis, MCM Race Director. "The new MCM10K breaks the mold because
participants will experience the same wonderful amenities as the
marathoners, tens of thousands of cheering spectators, great volunteer
support and energy unmatched in any other 10K."
The new MCM10K starts at 9:00am, just minutes after marathon runners begin
their race. The course winds its way from the Arlington Memorial Bridge
start to the Pentagon parking lot, through the sights and sounds of Crystal
City and returning to cross the legendary finish line at the Marine Corps
War Memorial. Registration is $45 and includes a commemorative
ChampionChip, goodie bag, race materials included bib and race program, and
MCM10K mock neck shirt. Finishers will receive a medal and plenty of
post-race replenishment in the hospitality tent. The new MCM10K is limited
to a race field of 5,000, so sign up early to ensure a spot!
The new MCM10K will partner with the RacePacket Grand Prix Race Series to
welcome local runners to the event. The RacePacket Grand Prix Series has
been held each year since 1997 and consists of 12 selected races held in
the Washington, DC area. Runners gain points based upon their relative
finish in each of the races with recognition awarded to those runners with
the highest point totals in the overall and age group categories.
"Being a part of a race series will attract top runners from the area to
this important new race," said Robert Platt, publisher of RacePacket
magazine. "The Marines produce a quality event, and the Grand Prix Series
is pleased to be a partner with the new MCM10K."
For more information on the Grand Prix Series, visit RacePacket.com.
Runners in the Grand Prix series must register for the new MCM10K on the
Voted "Best marathon for Families" by Her Sports Magazine, 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 31st Marine Corps Marathon will be
held on October 29, 2006. Rolling Registration opens on May 17, 2006 at
noon EST. Visit www.MarineMarathon.com for more information.