As the countdown to the Marine Corps Marathon ticks on (and the threat of the gov shutdown canceling the race looms) I’m reminded of last year’s MCM 10K. For some quick backstory, I hadn’t trained nearly enough for the marathon and decided to postpone my run until this year and ran the 10k instead.
I had a group of family & friends running with me in the MCM 10k last year which made for a hilarious start line. We danced on the balls of our feet out in the cold and rain on the National Mall until the gun sounded and we took off. If your looking for a great view on your run, this is the race for you. You kick off running towards the Capitol building and continue to follow the National Mall. The course is actually part of the Marine Corps Marathon run, which is great because you get the gorgeous tour of DC monuments during the event. Also as per the marathon, the race was extremely well organized, filled with spectators and hosted by our favorite men + women in uniform.
The course is pretty flat, and has plenty of sites to see (including a drum line!) along the way. Would highly recommend to any first timer or repeat 10k runners. You even get to cross the finish line at the Marine Corps memorial and receive your medal from a marine! Post race, there is plenty to eat/drink and of course, you’ll want to stick around to watch the winners of the marathon cross the finish line about an hour later.
A quick tip for 10k runners (also applicable to marathoners): be ready to walk a ways to get to the start and also when you finish the race. Even though there is plenty of public transportation, you’re one of over 30,000 runners + spectators that are trying to use the same few stations. Much easier in my experience to get off the public transport a few stops away from the main ones and walk to wherever you need to be.
Shout-out to all of my friends that will be running the 10k this year again, have a blast! In the meantime, fingers crossed that the MCM 10k and MCM can still happen in just 12 days time. As always, run on runners.