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Marine Corps Marathon Selected “Best” In U.S.

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Feb. 24, 2012
  • Updated Feb. 24, 2012 at 10:18 AM UTC
Photo: Running USA

Registration opens for it March 7.

From: Running USA

QUANTICO, Va. — The Marine Corps Marathon (MCM), known as “The People’s Marathon”, remains the people’s choice. The MCM has been selected “The Best U.S. Marathon” by readers of Outside magazine’s website Outside Online, which conducted a recent poll that included top marathons including Boston, Chicago and New York City.

The MCM received more than half the total votes cast. Outside Online conducts weekly polls about subjects relevant to their website and that of Outside magazine, a leading publication in adventure travel and active lifestyles.

Readers of Outside Online were asked “What’s the best U.S. marathon?” and through the week of January 30 through February 6, during which the poll appeared, the MCM was their top pick.

The 37th Marine Corps Marathon (MCM) will open registration online to the public at 3:00pm Eastern on Wednesday, March 7 at www.marinemarathon.com. The 2012 MCM will register 30,000 runners.

The 26.2 mile event will start in Arlington, VA, run through Washington, DC and finish at the Marine Corps War Memorial in Rosslyn, VA. The MCM is organized annually by the U.S. Marine Corps, and according to Running USA, in 2011, MCM was the world’s 9th largest marathon with 21,042 finishers (and #4 in the U.S.).

About the MCM: Voted the “Best Marathon for Families” and the “Best Marathon in the Mid Atlantic”, the Marine Corps Marathon honors the dedication, sportsmanship and patriotism of its participants. Runners from all walks of life participate in the largest marathon not to offer prize money, earning the name “The People’s Marathon”. The 37th MCM will be held on Sunday, October 28, 2012 in Arlington, Virginia.

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at Competitor.com and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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