QUANTICO, VA (March 13, 2013) - The 38th Marine Corps Marathon (MCM) will open registration online at noon EST on Wednesday, March 27 at www.marinemarathon.com. Last year's 30,000 entries sold out in a record 2 hours, 41 minutes.
"To best support the high demand and heavy volume of online traffic, the MCM has been working with the online registration service to test system capacity to avoid delays and server issues," says Rick Nealis, MCM Director. "We expect runners will have immediate success on registration day."
The MCM is also offering these registration day tips to runners:
Tip #1: Once the registration form has been opened, fill out all fields thoroughly and completely and consider which items you want to purchase. Brooks training shirts and hats, Carbo Dining-In tickets, the MarathonFoto super coupon and the MCM Online Trainer will additionally be on sale on MCM registration day.
Tip #2: After submitting registration payment, a confirmation message will appear on screen. Print the message as it includes each individual runner registration ID number.
Tip #3: Don't freak out if you fail to receive a confirmation email immediately after completing the registration process. The distribution of confirmation emails will be purposely delayed to reduce stress on system throughout open registration.
The 2013 MCM will be held on Sunday, Oct. 27 in Arlington, VA, and throughout the nation's capital. Registration for this year's race is $99 and includes entry, competitor shirt and patch and access to MCM Weekend events.
The MCM annually is coordinated by the U.S. Marine Corps and is the third largest U.S. marathon (eighth largest in the world) and the largest marathon that does not offer prize money. Participants ages 14 and above can register to participate in the 38th MCM.
All Active Duty and military Reservists (from every service branch) have until midnight EST on Sunday, March 24 to receive a 15-percent discount off the full registration cost for the 38th MCM. The registration discount, offered by MCM partner GEICO, began on February 23, allowing military members to pay just $84.15 to register.
For more information about the 38th MCM, visit www.marinemarathon.com.