Marine Corps Marathon Changes Course

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Aug. 21, 2013
  • Updated Aug. 21, 2013 at 9:04 AM UTC

The famous Washington D.C. race is now flatter and faster.

Yesterday, officials with the Marine Corps Marathon announced that for the first time in six years, the 26.2-mile course will be altered. According to the map, gone from the new route is one of the most challenging segments: a 150-foot incline around the Georgetown Reservoir.

For most this new flatter, faster route is welcome news.

“I won’t miss Reservoir Road,” marathon veteran George Banker told the Washington Post. “I will not stay awake at night wishing they bring it back.”

Banker has run the race 29 times.

“The average runner doesn’t like doing hills much anyway,” he said. “Most don’t train on a lot of hills. If it were short and over with, it would be one thing, but that was just long enough to make you think about it.”

Public relations coordinator for the race, Tami Faram, said the new course came about because of safety concerns.

This year’s edition takes place on October 27.

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at 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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