The annual Marine Corps Marathon will be taking place this weekend. 30,000 participants will run the 40th annual marathon! Whether you are one of the lucky ones who won the general lottery to participate in the race or you're looking for the best ways to watch the runners, this guide will help you plan out your day, especially if driving.
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2015 Marine Corps Marathon Health and Fitness Expo
The two-day event brings together nearly 100,000 runners and fans. Whether you're a serious runner or just curious about the latest in the running and walking world, you don't want to miss the Marine Corps Marathon Health & Fitness Expo!
The MCM Health & Fitness Expo will be held at the Washington Convention Center. With over 200 exhibitors expected, it will bring in a huge crowd of attendees. If you're driving, we strongly recommend reserving your space ahead of time. Parking Panda has over 30 garages and lots within easy walking distance of the convention center. Check out the options here:
Hint: Many parking facilities are already selling out! Be sure to get your pass today. We recommend looking at PandaScan garages (where you can scan in and out of the garage) and Online Discount locations (where it's guaranteed to be cheaper through Parking Panda than drive-up!).
Fun fact: did you know a number of celebrities, politicians, and singers have participated in the MCM? Oprah Winfrey, Mike Huckabee, Drew Carey, and Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, have all ran the marathon in the past!
Marine Corps Marathon Weekend Events
Click on each event to find easy parking options near the event:
MCM Pep Rally
MCM Carbo Dining In
MCM Runners bRUNch
MCM Runners Conference
Crystal City Family Festival
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MCM Runners Parking
The Marine Corps Marathon recommends parking in Crystal City near the Pre-race Shuttle Pickup. We recommend the Crystal Gateway Marriott or the Century Center Garage. At the Century Center Garage, it is less than $12 for all day parking and you can scan in and out of the garage with your reservation QR Code!
After parking, the MCM free shuttle will pick you up every 15 minutes and take you to the start-line Runner's Village. After the race, you can also take the Metro back to the Crystal City Metro stop.
Take a look at the map here (see the bus stop circled in red):
MCM Spectators Info
Here are the recommended viewing locations from the Marine Corps Marathon:
1) Watch the opening ceremonies at the MCM Start Line on Route 110
2) View the runners at Mile 11/16 at the Arlington Memorial Bridge to the Lincoln Memorial
3) National Mall - along the National Mall, the runners will cross miles 18 and 19. Reserve National Mall Parking here.
4) Crystal City Station - near Miles 22 and 23 will be a great area to view the race. Watch at the cross section of 18th Street and Crystal Drive.
5) Marine Corps War Memorial near the Finish Line
2015 Marine Corps Marathon Road Closures
There will be a number of road closures, mostly following the race as it is expected to flow. All roads will reopen as soon as possible and the Marine Corps Marathon course will close officially at 3 PM.
4 a.m.–1:30 p.m. — Madison Drive NW from 7th to 14th Street
4 a.m.–4:30 p.m. — Marshall Drive from North Meade Street to Route 110
4 a.m.–5:30 p.m. — North Meade Street from Marshall Drive to Lynn Street
4 a.m.–4:30 p.m. — Route 110 from I-66 to Route 1
4 a.m.–5:30 p.m. — Wilson Boulevard from North Nash Street to Route 110
4 a.m.–5:30 p.m. — Lynn Street from North Meade Street to Lee Highway
4 a.m.–5:30 p.m. — Fort Myer Drive from North Meade Street to Lee Highway
4 a.m.–5:30 p.m. — North Moore Street from Wilson Boulevard to Lee Highway
4 a.m.–5:30 p.m. — 19th Street North from Lynn Street to North Nash Street
4 a.m.–3:00 p.m. — Route 110 ramp from Washington Boulevard to Route 110
4:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. — Boundary Channel Drive from Route 110 to Long Bridge Drive
5 a.m.–1:30 p.m. — Jefferson Drive SW from Third Street SW to 15th Street SW
5 a.m.–1:30 p.m. — Seventh Street NW from Madison Drive NW to Jefferson Drive SW
6:30–11:30 a.m. — Rock Creek and Potomac Parkway NW (northbound) to Beach Drive
6:30–11:30 a.m. — Rock Creek and Potomac Parkway NW (southbound) from Shoreham Drive NW
6:30–11:30 a.m. — Shoreham Drive NW (southbound) from Calvert Street to Rock Creek Parkway and Potomac Parkway NW
6:30–11:30 a.m. — Beach Drive NW from Rock Creek and Potomac Parkway NW to Calvert Street
7:23–9:15 a.m. — Lee Highway (eastbound) from North Kirkwood Street to Lynn Street
7:30–9:25 a.m. — Spout Run Parkway, from Lee Highway to George Washington Memorial Parkway
7:30–9:40 a.m. — GW Parkway from Spout Run to Key Bridge off ramp
7:30–3:00 p.m. — Long Bridge Drive from 12th Street to Boundary Channel Drive
7:33–9:40 a.m. — Francis Scott Key Bridge (all lanes)
7:35–1:17 p.m. — 14th Street SW from Jefferson Drive to northbound HOV lanes
7:35–1:45 p.m. — HOV lanes from 14th Street SW to HOV ramp at South Eads Street
7:40–2:00 p.m. — South Eads Street from South Rotary Road to Army Navy Drive
7:45–2:30 p.m. — Army Navy Drive from South Eads to 12th Street South
7:47–10:36 a.m. — M Street NW from Canal Road NW to Wisconsin Avenue NW
7:48–10:40 a.m. — Wisconsin Avenue from M Street NW to K Street NW
7:49–10:45 a.m. — K Street NW from Wisconsin Avenue NW to Rock Creek and Potomac Parkway NW
7:49–10:45 a.m. — 27th Street NW from K Street NW to I (Eye) Street NW
7:49–10:45 a.m. — I (Eye) Street NW from 27th Street NW to Virginia Ave NW
7:50–11:04 a.m. — Rock Creek Parkway and Potomac Parkway NW from Beach and Shoreham drives to Independence Avenue
7:52–11:05 p.m. — Lincoln Circle from 23rd Street NW to 23rd Street SW
7:53 a.m.–noon — Ohio Drive SW at W Potomac Park from Independence Ave SW around E Potomac Park to Maine Avenue SW
8–10 a.m. — 15th Street South from Crystal Drive to Eads Street
8 a.m.–2:30 p.m. — 12th Street from Army Navy Drive to Crystal Drive
8 a.m.–2:30 p.m. — Crystal Drive from 12th Street to 23rd Street
8:02 a.m.–12:10 p.m. — Maine Avenue SW from East Basin Drive to Independence Avenue SW
8:03 a.m.–12:25 p.m. — East Basin Drive from Maine Avenue to Ohio Drive
8:06 a.m.–12:28 p.m. — Independence Avenue SW from Maine Avenue SW to Ohio Drive
8:13 a.m.–12:35 p.m. — 15th Street NW/SW from Constitution Avenue NW to Maine Avenue SW
8:15 a.m.–12:55 p.m. — Third Street; Pennsylvania Avenue NW to Maryland Avenue SW
8:15 a.m.–12:55 p.m. — Fourth Street; Constitution Avenue NW to Independence SW
8:16 a.m.–12:50 p.m. — Pennsylvania Avenue NW from Third Street NW to East Capitol Circle
8:16 a.m.–12:50 p.m. — First Street; Pennsylvania NW to Maryland Avenue SW
8:16 a.m.–12:50 p.m. — Pennsylvania Avenue NW from Third Street NW to First Street NW
8:17 a.m.–12:52 p.m. — Maryland Avenue SW from First Street SW to Third Street SW
2015 Marine Corps Marathon Weather
As of today (Thursday, 10/22), forecasts are calling for morning showers with a high of 68 degrees and a low of 45 degrees. Wind will be WNW at 10 mph with a humidity of 72%. Although UV Index is coming in at 3 out of 10, you will want to have protective sunscreen as the sun will rise at 7:28, prior to the start of the marathon.
For more information on the day of the race, please visit the Marine Corps Marathon Weather page.
You may have more questions or concerns about parking for the Marine Corps Marathon. As the official parking partner of the annual marathon, Parking Panda is here to help. Whether you need directions, need suggestions on where to park depending on your situation, or want to let us know how your parking experience was, please send us a note or a ring at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1(800)232-6415. We will have our Customer Serivce team working before, during, and after the marathon.
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