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42nd MCM Offers Shuttles, ParkingPanda, Water Taxi & ‘Kiss n Run’

Metro opens at 6 a.m. on Marine Corps Marathon Day, October 22


QUANTICO, VA (Oct. 17, 2017) – As the majority of MCM Weekend events from Oct. 20-22 occur at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center at National Harbor, MD, the Marine Corps Marathon Organization is offering free shuttle service from both the Eisenhower and Van Dorn Metro stations to the Gaylord.


A host of other transportation possibilities are available throughout MCM Weekend to include, reserved parking through ParkingPanda, Water Taxi service and a special “Kiss-n’-Run,” location for Marathon Day.

Metro services open at 6 a.m. for the 42nd Marine Corps Marathon and MCM10K on Sunday, Oct. 22. A complete list of road closures for the MCM and MCM10K is available at


MCM Weekend kicks off Friday, Oct. 20 with opening of the Health & Fitness Expo at the Gaylord. The Expo is open free to the public from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Oct. 20, and from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Oct. 21.

MCM and MCM10K runners will pick up their essential event-day packets and information at the Health & Fitness Expo throughout MCM Weekend.


MCM Kids Run participants will pick up packets at the Gaylord that Friday, or prior to their event on Saturday, Oct. 21. The MCM Kids Run presented by Virginia529 will be hosted in the North Pentagon parking lot in Arlington, VA.

Both the 42nd MCM and MCM10K will be held simultaneously on Oct. 22.


Runners and spectators can access all weekend transportation information through the MCM Transportation page and on the MCM App.


Water Taxi Service

Choose to arrive to the Health & Fitness Expo in style by taking the Potomac Riverboat Company Water Taxi to National Harbor. MCM runners and guests get $2 round-trip discount with promo code MMPR.


On Marathon Day, “runners only” shuttles will be available from the parking garage at 23rd & Crystal Drive in Crystal City, VA, and from the Gaylord National Resort at National Harbor.

Spectators can board free shuttles from the Gaylord to the Eisenhower Metro station, or pay to park at the Pentagon City Mall in Crystal City, VA.


All MCM participants taking Metro should board the Blue or Yellow line to the Pentagon Metro Station to access Runners Village presented by Hyundai, in the Pentagon North parking lot.


Event signage will direct runners to UPS Baggage Drop Off in Runners Village and to the Route 110 start line in Arlington, VA. The Arlington Cemetery Station (Blue) will open at 8:30 a.m. on Marathon morning. This Metro station serves spectators immediately following the MCM start and those departing the event throughout Marathon Day.


The MCM10K Start is located on Madison Drive at 4th Street in Northwest Washington, D.C., outside the National Gallery of Art. Runners can take the Archives/Navy Memorial/Penn Quarter Metro to the MCM10K start.


Convenient on-course Metro stations for the 42nd MCM:

Pentagon Blue/Yellow Runners Village/MCM Start

Arlington Cemetery Blue Spectator Finish/Runner Post-Event Exit

Rosslyn Blue/Orange/Silver Finish Festival/Runner Post-Event Exit

Crystal City Blue/Yellow Miles 22-23/Crystal City Family Festival

Smithsonian Blue/Orange/Silver Miles 17-19/National Mall


Kiss n’ Run

The MCM has also created a location for runners to be dropped off Marathon morning. Runners can hop out of a vehicle at the “Kiss-n’-Run,” location on the corner of Army Navy Drive and Fern Street. From there, they will proceed to Runners Village at Pentagon North parking, prior to the MCM start.


Post-Event Shuttles

Runners and spectators can depart from the Finish Festival in Rosslyn and return directly to the parking area in Crystal City. These shuttles are at the corner of Oak Street and Wilson Boulevard in the Finish Festival, located in the heart of Rosslyn, VA.


Post-Event Taxi and other services

A taxi station will be located in the MCM Finish Festival on the corner of 19th and Lynn Streets. Runners/spectators can also access Uber through the MCM App. Taxis will also be available in this location.

For questions about the 42nd MCM, visit


About the Marine Corps Marathon: Honoring the dedication, sportsmanship, and patriotism of its participants, the Marine Corps Marathon (MCM), is also known as “The People’s Marathon,” as runners from all walks of life annually participate. The 42nd MCM, coordinated by the Marine Corps Marathon Organization (MCMO) and United States Marine Corps, will be held Oct. 22, 2017 in Arlington, VA. The MCM is sponsored by Brooks, Arlington County, GEICO Military, Hyundai and Leidos. No federal or Marine Corps endorsement is implied. #RunWithTheMarines