QUANTICO, VA (June 4, 2012) - Although the 2 hour, 41 minute sellout of the 37th Marine Corps Marathon (MCM) was surprising to many who were not able to register before the record closeout, the MCM still offers two ways into this year's event either through the MCM Transfer Program or a MCM Charity Partner.
On Wednesday, June 20 the MCM Transfer Program will open to runners who are registered to participate in the 37th MCM, but are not able to do so. Through the MCM Transfer Program, registered runners can shift their MCM entry to a nonregistered runner, who will have the opportunity to participate in "The People's Marathon." Only registered runners can transfer their spots in the 2012 MCM to another individual.
Many of the 101 MCM Charity Partners also have marathon entries available for those wanting to run 26.2 miles while supporting a worthy cause. Details about each MCM Charity Partner and their MCM programs are available on the charity page of the MCM website at www.marinemarathon.com
All registered MCM participants transferring their entry to another runner have until Aug. 31 to complete the transfer form that will be available starting June 20. Completion of this form initiates the transfer process in which the registered runner is emailed a unique code, link and password to send to a runner of their choice, who will gain access to the 37th MCM.
Runners who are newly registered through the MCM Transfer Program are required to pay a $30 transfer fee before Sept. 7 to complete the registration process. Once registered, these participants will enjoy all of the benefits of MCM participants. All transfers between runners must be completed through the MCM Transfer Program to be included in official results.
Registered runners can locate fellow marathoners seeking their coveted spot on the MCM Facebook page or MCM Message Board, which are both located on the MCM website.
MCM registered runners can also choose to transfer from the full marathon to the 6.2 mile MCM10K at no cost. Transfer from the MCM to the MCM10K is open now but must be completed by Sept. 7. The MCM to MCM10K transfer form is available on the registration page of the MCM website.
The Marine Corps Marathon honors the dedication, sportsmanship and patriotism of its participants. Runners from all walks of life participate in the largest marathon not to offer prize money, earning the name "The People's Marathon."
The 37th MCM will be held on October 28, 2012 in Arlington, VA. No federal or Marine Corps endorsement is implied.