2024 Marine Corps Marathon: Training plans, distance, date, location, and more

Find out all you need to know about the Marine Corps Marathon – including how to choose the best training plan to get race-ready and set a new personal best.

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About the event

The Marine Corps Marathon, often referred to as "The People's Marathon," is a prestigious annual marathon held in Arlington, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. This event is celebrated for its patriotic spirit and its course, which passes by many of the United States' most iconic monuments and landmarks. Organized by the United States Marine Corps, the marathon is known for its exceptional organization and the inspirational presence of Marines throughout the course. The Marine Corps Marathon attracts a wide range of participants, from competitive runners to first-timers, and is renowned for its atmosphere of camaraderie and national pride.

Date: 

Sun
Oct 27
2024

Location: 

Arlington, United States

Distance

42.2km

Elevation profile: 

Flat

Website: 

Link

Elevation gain: 

70m

Number of participants: 

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How to train for Marine Corps Marathon: Marine Corps Marathon training plans for every runner

To train for Marine Corps Marathon, you’ll need a personalized training plan and to build up your weekly mileage progressively.

Runna offers running training plans for every runner and goal out there.

With Runna, your running coaching app, you get a personalized Marathon training plan that:

  • Structures your week and sets out all sessions for you
  • Automatically adjusts your mileage and types of runs to help you perform at your best
  • Incorporates deloads and strength training
  • Helps you manage your recovery and nutrition

Having a plan will also help with accountability, meaning that you can focus purely on improving your running game.

Check out our personalized Marathon training plans to find the one that best suits your goals.

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