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Washington Marine Corps Marathon

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The Marine Corps Marathon, takes place around Washington DC, started in 1975. Colonel James L. Fowler decided to create a marathon that promoted goodwill between the military and post-Vietnam community. The event helps to raise money for the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund and it brings the community together to show the support for the US Marine Corps. The route of the MCM is amazing and it takes in many of Washington’s major monuments.

The People’s Marathon

The Marathon of Monuments

Renowned for the impeccable organisation on a scenic course managed by the US Marines in Arlington, Virginia, and the nation’s capital, the Marine Corps Marathon is one of the largest marathons both in the US and around the globe, bringing in runners from all over the US and over 60 countries world wide! The race is one of the best organised and most enjoyable events you will ever run!


The course runs along many of the iconic national monuments of Washington, D.C.! Indeed the scenic course “marathon of monuments” takes runners past the Washington Monument, Lincoln and Jefferson Memorials, the Pentagon, scenic Potomac River and many more major sights of central Washington D.C. including historic Georgetown.

Included in your package

  • Option to book the 10k, 50k and Marathon races
  • 3, 4 or 5 nights at Hyatt Place Washington DC/National Mall
  • Cheer zone that spectators can join to cheer on runners
Hyatt Place Washington DC/National Mall
Hyatt Place Washington DC/National Mall

The Hyatt Place Washington DC/National Mall is a new hotel, conveniently located for your trip to Washington for the Marine Corps Marathon. The hotel is located 2 blocks from Federal Centre SW Metro station (blue, orange, silver lines) and less than half a mile from L'Enfant Plaza Metro (Green, Yellow, Silver, Orange, Blue lines) and Waterfront Metro (green lines). Great transport links to the start and finish of the Marine Corps Marathon and the Marathon Expo. Located 4 blocks from National Mall & 6 blocks from US Capitol Building. The hotel has a Coffee-to-Cocktails Bar featuring our 24/7 Dining Menu and our Gallery Terrace.


Outdoor swimming pool
Private parking
Free WiFi
Non-smoking rooms
Fitness centre
Facilities for disabled guests
24-hour front desk

3 nights
4 nights
5 nights

* Please note that the price is based on 2 people sharing a room with double bed or 2 single beds. Single supplement fee for a single occupancy of a room.










25 October

Arrival day

The below is a sample 3 night itinerary, 4 and 5 nights also available. Arrange your own flights or transport to Washington DC. Alternatively if you would like to stay a little longer in advance of the marathon, please send us an email and we can advise extra nights subject to availability. After you have checked into Hyatt Place Washington DC/National Mall Hotel, the rest of your day is at leisure.

26 October

Expo and sightseeing

Head to the marathon expo at the Gaylord National Resort (201 Waterfront Street) at National Harbor to collect your race number and registration details. Admission to the Health & Fitness Expo, presented by Cigna, is free and welcomes participants, family members, friends, supporters, volunteers and general public. At the EXPO you can sample nutritious food, try out the latest exercise equipment, test drive technology, explore recovery products and snap motivating selfies. The exhibit floor features sponsors, charities and vendors offering great giveaways, health screenings, literature and selling the latest products. At the EXPO you will also find vendors selling MCM-branded merchandise.

The EXPO is open between the below times (times TBC)

  • Fri – 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • Sat – 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

To reduce traffic congestion, participants are encouraged to utilize Metro and the MCM Shuttle service to arrive at the Health & Fitness Expo at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center on Friday and Saturday, October 28-29. The rest of your day is then free to explore Washington at your leisure, enjoying the fabulous shops, markets, bars and restaurants.  Take in a sightseeing trip around the amazing city. Free round trip shuttles will run from Eisenhower (yellow) and Van Dorn (Blue) Metro station to the Gaylord National Resort during the Expo hours.

MCM kids run: Today is the day of the MCM Kids Run. Three thousand kids ages 5-12 will participate in the one-mile fun run that also offers a variety of activities at the family fitness called Camp Miles. The one-mile, have-all-the-fun-you-can event features music and entertainment, mascots and medals.

This evening we will hold a pre race marathon briefing where you will be able join your fellow runners for an informal chat.

27 October

Marine Corps Marathon, 10k & 50k Race

Marine Corps Marathon has a 7.45am start for wheelchair and hand cycle athletes and 7.55am for runners. The 50k event time is 07.30am. The 10K race details are TBC (although we anticipate a start time of around 8am). Hosted in the nation’s capital, with the start and finish in Arlington, VA; the Marine Corps Marathon is a unique experience that will take you through some of the most recognizable landmarks in the USA. The start line is between the Pentagon and Arlington National Cemetery, signalling to runners, from the off, that this is no ordinary race experience. The route continues through Rosslyn, before journeying into the District to tour Georgetown and the National Mall on the way to ‘beating the bridge.’ Enter Arlington and pass the Pentagon, tour Crystal City, and finish head uphill, to the finish, at the Marine Corps War Memorial.

After running the fantastic course, return to the hotel before heading out for a well earned celebratory drink in a local bar!


28 October

Departure day

Today you can finish off your sightseeing and shopping in Washington. Ensure you are checked out of the hotel in good time and have ample time for your onward journey. Return or onward journey by your own arrangements. Alternatively you can extend your stay in Washington, or head over to New York for the New York Marathon! Prices on a request basis.

Marathon entry +


10k race +


50k race +


Plane +

Washington Dulles Airport is the main International airport and is 27 miles to the city center taking approximately 45 minutes.

Shuttle +

There are a number of companies offering van service from Dulles Airport to points in and around Washington, DC. Your journey time will vary dependent on the number of passengers and destinations.

Car +

Washington Flyer Taxi operates exclusively out of Dulles International Airport. There are no reservations required and taxis are available 24/7 every day of the year.

Bus +

Metrobus offers service between Dulles Airport and downtown D.C on the 5A. Bus departure times vary between every 30 minutes and every hour depending on the day.

The course +

The marathon takes runners from near the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, into Washington, D.C. along the National Mall and the monuments, and then back across the Potomac River to the Marine Corps War Memorial (known for its Iwo Jima statue) in Arlington.

Does my luggage get transported to my hotel? +

If airport transfers are included in your package, we will transfer you and your Luggage to the hotel. If you are on a cycling holiday, we will also transfer your bike.

Do you cater for children? +

Children are welcome on our trips with the exception of some Hospitality packages.

Can Vegetarians, Vegans or special diets be catered for? +

Any dietary requirements e.g., Vegetarian or Vegan etc needs to be advised to us at booking stage. We will then request the meals with the relevant hotel.

Can I extend my stay along the way? +

Stays can be extended beyond our standard packages subject to availability at the relevant hotel.

How can I pay for my holiday? +

Packages can be paid for online or over the phone by Credit/debit card or Amex, payments can also be made by Bank transfer.

Do I need travel insurance? +

Travel insurance is always advised and is best taken out at the time of making a booking.

What happens if I have to cancel? Will I lose money? +

Cancelation charges are applicable in the event you cannot travel. Please refer to the booking conditions page.

Can I change the date after I’ve booked? +

Subject to amendment fees and hotel availability dates can be changed after initial booking.

Will anyone from your team meet me during my stay? +

Dependent on the trip booked we will have representatives on the package this will be outlined in the individual tour. If we have no representation a 24-hour telephone number will be provided.

Can I travel on my own? +

Yes, we cater for solo travellers, we can offer single rooms or twin share rooms

What is twin to share? +

On many of our travel packages we offer our free ‘Twin to Share’ service where you pay to share a room rather than the supplement for a single room. We encourage single travellers to join our tours and rooms for single occupancy are available on all our tours, but we also offer the opportunity to book our ‘Twin to Share’ service. This option which means that we pair you up with another athlete of the same sex so you can enjoy the event without having to pay the single occupancy supplement.

Is the entry guaranteed? +

All our entries are Guaranteed there is no ballot, lottery or fundraising required once your entry is paid it is guaranteed.

Do I need to pay a deposit? +

A deposit will be required at time of booking to secure your place.

How do I manage a Sports Tours booking? +

Once booked online you will be able to view and make payments on your account.

When will I receive my tickets? +

Itineraries will be sent on all trips around 14 days prior to departure

What is included in the price? +

What is included in the price will be shown under each individual package.

What is not included in the price? +

What is not included in the price will be shown under each individual package.

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