I am pleased to announce that the entry saga of the Marine Corps Marathon 2014 is over….we are IN!
Honestly, this year’s registration for the MCM was worse than applying for colleges. (Sorry MCM, I love this event, but it was a hassle) As you’ll recall, team BylMiles was planning on getting into the marathon through the 17.75 event that guaranteed you a spot in the big race. Well, 9 minutes of registration for the 17.75 went by while I was on the phone and BAM – sold out. 9 minutes, no joke. Then a stream of texts from friends that were also trying to get in confirmed the same thing: none of us were running the 17.75.
Our next order of business was to register for the lottery. I’m going to be very open and say that I really don’t agree with races that have a lottery for entry. Not only is it nearly impossible to get your whole team in (even for just two people!) against those odds, but the stress of waiting for your acceptance is unbearable. Nevertheless, we registered for said lottery about a month ago, and patiently waited…until today.
While refreshing four different tabs on my computer, we waited for the big “yes” emails saying we were into the run. Quick props to the MCM social media people for keeping their pages updated + letting people know that emails were still being sent out. About three hours into our wait, my dad gets his email – he’s in! So, at this point we just need the second email to make our 2014 MCM dreams come true.
So we waited.
And tweeted hopefully at the MCM team.
And got nothing.
No lottery entry for me fellow runners, I was bang outta luck. Now, of course, panic sets in. No lottery entry means that I need to find some other way to get into the race. Enter Team R4V. I had never heard of this organization before, but they were ready with their posts calling for racers to join their team that hadn’t made it into the lottery drawing.
After a quick scan of their website, I was sold. Team R4V is a non-profit that provides assistance to all branches of military veterans through athletic races/fundraising – how awesome is that?! So, you are looking at the newest member of their team!
I’ll be fundraising as part of my participation, so be on the lookout for more info here on how you can support Team R4V (and of course, my race!).
To everyone who made it into the lottery, congrats! To everyone still looking for a bib, I feel you pain, best of luck in your search!
And now, for the sentence I’ve been waiting to write since we entered the lottery a month ago…Marine Corps Marathon 2014 – HERE WE COME!
As always, run on (marathon) runners.