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Traveling to, from and around the Marine Corps Marathon

Kelly Calway, 29, of Manitou Springs, Co., crosses the finish line to become the first female to cross the finish line during the Marine Corps Marathon in Arlington, Va., Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

WASHINGTON — One of D.C.’s most attended annual events is a week away, and getting around during the Marine Corps Marathon can be tricky.

Sunday, Oct. 25, is the date for the 40th annual event, which presents unique challenges for those trying to get to and from the race, as well as those hoping to navigate around it.

Metro will open at 5 a.m. as thousands make their way to Arlington. Those headed to the race can take the Blue or Yellow line to the Pentagon Metro station. The Arlington Cemetery station won’t open until 8:30 a.m.

Convenient on-course Metro stations for the 40th 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        MCM10K Start/Miles 18-19/National Mall

Once you get to the race, organizers say there’s a free shuttle to get around. A pre-race shuttle will run from 23rd and Crystal Drive in Crystal City, to Runners Village in the Pentagon North Parking Lot from 5 a.m. to 7:15 a.m. Post-race shuttles will be located at the base of the Finish Festival on Oak Street and Wilson Boulevard.

New this year, an app allows participants’ pals to track their runner and find maps of the courses and cheer points. Look to the course map to see what roadways will be closed during the race.

If you’re plan to drive, you can pre-purchase a parking pass that will be honored the day of the event.

The event includes an all-day family festival, a kids race and races of shorter distances as well. Find more information about those here.

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