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Race Reports for Marine Corps Marathon

[1]
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Race rating (5)
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities? Good
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: Not sure I'd do the 50k again
[2]
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities? Average
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: This is really a spectacle to behold. Don't expect your best race, but it's fun to be a part of the event. I am not sure I'd recommend it to everyone, because it's a logistical feat in addition to the marathon. But if you love DC, and/or the Marines, it's well worth the effort.
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Race rating (5)
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities? Good
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: Amazing atmosphere, great swag, well planned, and DC is a great place to run just writing words because the site wants more in this space, race was too long ago for any more detail. it was a great race. I don't know how many more characters this space wants. I don't understand. I see people post with very little verbage on races.
[4]
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Race rating (3)
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  • Organised?No
  • Events on time?No

  • Lots of volunteers to help?No
  • Plenty of drink stations?No

  • Post race activities? Good
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: VERY inspirational to run with soldiers, family, past monuments but Marines were not as good as usual marathon volunteers at most tasks, first water stop was ONLY water next was not until mile 6 and it was a humid day, no ice or sponges on course
[5]
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Race rating (4)
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities?
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: Great venue and huge crowd support. It's a bucket list race for sure.
[6]
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Race rating (3)
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?No

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?No

  • Post race activities? Average
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: I'm glad I did this one, but I don’t think I’ll do it again. Howerver, I really think it would’ve been a much better experience had I been even in a little bit better shape because I think that would’ve gotten me out of all the chaos of so many walkers. Also, the water stops were a little far apart – mostly 2-2.5 miles, but I think there was twice that there was almost 5K between stops. Again, had I been faster, this probably would’ve been fine…
[7]
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Race rating (4)
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  • Organised?No
  • Events on time?No

  • Lots of volunteers to help?
  • Plenty of drink stations?

  • Post race activities?
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: Overall great experience but newer route is crowded and therefore slower. Very disorganized start. This was my second MCM and likely last.
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  • Comments: This was a phenomenal race. The logistics of a race of this size in the nation's capitol are pretty big, but it was pulled off well. Yes, there was lots of waiting in lines, but that can't really be helped. The Marines did a great job along with other volunteers. We'd love to come back again and maybe Katie can shoot for a BQ with some proper marathon training.
[9]
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Race rating (4)
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities? Average
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: Fun as always!
[10]
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Race rating (5)
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities? Good
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: My favorite marathon! Might even be my favorite race so far! I will be back next year.
[11]
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities? Good
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: I'd do it again but could have prepared better.
[12]
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities? Good
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: MCM is a must do race.
[13]
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Race rating (5)
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities? Average
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: Awesome race. Must do!
[14]
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?No

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities?
  • Overall course based on my ability: Too hard

  • Comments: Started 5 min late for some reason, wheelchairs started when we were supposed to, but not enough time between runners and chairs, got a little dangerous. A lot of wheelchairs.
[15]
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Race rating (5)
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities? Good
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: Some day I will go back. Really great race.
[16]
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Race rating (4)
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities? Average
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: This was my first time doing MCM and I'm definitely glad I did it. The course was interesting and always had a ton of spectators and fans cheering. It also was crowded the entire time. I like racing with a lot of people, but it was a tad extreme. Overall, a good training run for Vegas, knocked out another state and had an 11 minute PR!
[17]
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities? Average
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: Jacqui and I left on Monday morning at 5am. We were trying to beat Sandy up the coast. There were very few cars on the road. The rain got worse the farther north we got. We stopped at the last rest stop in Maryland before the Delaware state line where a State Trooper told us we had to get off the road!! We went to a Comfort Inn for the night. We were able to leave at 9am on Tuesday! It was quite an adventure!!
[18]
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Race rating (5)
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities?
  • Overall course based on my ability: Too hard

  • Comments: I will be back for another have at it in 2013!
[19]
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities? Average
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: This was a well organized event, with great scenery, a lot of volunteers, and a nice shirt. One thing we noticed was there was no pile of flyers for races, discount coupons for some place I'll never go, etc.
[20]
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Race rating (4)
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?No

  • Post race activities? Below average
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: The post race stuff was so far away it was crazy. I understand 30k runners and you have to get people away from the start line. But a mile walk after a 26 mile run is not something you look forward to.
[21]
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Race rating (5)
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities? Average
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: This has been a 'bucket list' race for me for a while, and lived up to its billing! Outstanding support from start to finish by U.S. Marines, plus tons of other volunteers and crowds from the area. Well supported with foods and fluids, great course (not too difficult, good crowd control, polite runners) and a great location. I highly recommend this race to anyone with any interest at all in running it.
[22]
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Race rating (5)
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities? Good
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: Awesome crowd support and the course really is a nice course through the DC area. Once the soreness and pain subsides I will think about running it again. If you haven't ran this race I think you should.
[23]
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities? Good
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: I skipped pretty much all the post race stuff, when I'm finished a race, I'm just ready to go home.
[24]
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Race rating (5)
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities? Good
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: The MCM is a great race and I recommend it to anyone.
[25]
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Race rating (5)
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities? Good
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: MCM is a really nice marathon. Relatively low price for such a big event ($85), and outstanding organization by the marines. The course has one or two bleak patches, but overall is a really good tour of the DC sights. I think the race is probably even more fun for folks running MOP times, as the atmosphere in the pack seemed to be fantastic.
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