Marine Corps Marathon: Photos through the years

WASHINGTON — Marine Corps Marathon participants are encouraged to “run with purpose, finish with pride” — and runners have been doing that for decades during the annual race through the D.C. area.

Look back at more than 40 years of photos from “The People’s Marathon,” including winners, volunteers, Marines, spectators and thousands of runners.

Farley Simon wins the 1983 Marine Corps Marathon. Simon, a Marine Corps gunnery sergeant, was the first U.S. marine to win the Marine Corps Marathon. (Courtesy Marine Corps Marathon)
Susan Mallery of Columbus, Ohio, was the first place female finisher in the Marine Corps Marathon’s first two years: 1976 and 1977. (Courtesy Marine Corps Marathon)
Susan Mallery of Columbus, Ohio, was the first-place female finisher in the Marine Corps Marathon’s first two years: 1976 and 1977. (Courtesy Marine Corps Marathon) (Courtesy Marine Corps Marathon)
Runners at the start of the Marine Corps Marathon. Year not known. (Courtesy Marine Corps Marathon)
The United States Marine Drum & Bugle Corps. Year not known. (Courtesy Marine Corps Marathon)
Then Vice President Al Gore poses with Race Director Rick Nealis after Gore finished the 1997 Marine Corps Marathon. (Courtesy Marine Corps Marathon)
Then-Vice President Al Gore poses with Race Director Rick Nealis after Gore finished the 1997 Marine Corps Marathon. (Courtesy Marine Corps Marathon) (Courtesy Marine Corps Marathon)
Marine Corps Marathon runners at the Lincoln Memorial. Year not know. (Courtesy Marine Corps Marathon)
Marine Corps Marathon runners at the Lincoln Memorial. Year not known. (Courtesy Marine Corps Marathon)
Heather Hanscom of Alexandria, Virginia, wins the 2003 Marine Corps Marathon in 2:37:59. (Courtesy Marine Corps Marathon)
Heather Hanscom of Alexandria, Virginia, wins the 2003 Marine Corps Marathon in 2:37:59. (Courtesy Marine Corps Marathon) (Courtesy Marine Corps Marathon)
A 2004 Marine Corps Marathon participant runs the Hains Point part of the course. (Courtesy Marine Corps Marathon)
The baggage tent for Marine Corps Marathon participants. Year not known. (Courtesy Marine Corps Marathon)
The baggage tent for Marine Corps Marathon participants. Year not known. (Courtesy Marine Corps Marathon) (Courtesy Marine Corps Marathon)
Runners cross the finish line during the 1998 race. (Courtesy Marine Corps Marathon)
Runners cross the finish line during the 1998 race. (Courtesy Marine Corps Marathon) (Courtesy Marine Corps Marathon)
A runner crosses the finish line. Year not known. (Courtesy Marine Corps Marathon)
A runner crosses the finish line. Year not known. (Courtesy Marine Corps Marathon) (Courtesy Marine Corps Marathon)
A Marine at a computer during the 1993 Marine Corps Marathon expo. (Courtesy Marine Corps Marathon)
A Marine at a computer during the 1993 Marine Corps Marathon expo. (Courtesy Marine Corps Marathon) (Courtesy Marine Corps Marathon)
A group of runners in the Marine Corps Marathon. Year not known. (Courtesy Marine Corps Marathon)
A group of runners in the Marine Corps Marathon. Year not known. (Courtesy Marine Corps Marathon) (Courtesy Marine Corps Marathon)
The Marine Corps Marathon start in 1996. (Courtesy Marine Corps Marathon)
Runners at the start of the Marine Corps Marathon. Year not known. (Courtesy Marine Corps Marathon) (Courtesy Marine Corps Marathon)
A runner in the 1995 Marine Corps Marathon race. (Courtesy Marine Corps Marathon)
A runner in the 1995 Marine Corps Marathon race. (Courtesy Marine Corps Marathon) (Courtesy Marine Corps Marathon)
Runners in the 1995 Marine Corps Marathon. (Courtesy Marine Corps Marathon)
Runners in the 1995 Marine Corps Marathon. (Courtesy Marine Corps Marathon) (Courtesy Marine Corps Marathon)
Runners on the National Mall during the 1995 Marine Corps Marathon. (Courtesy Marine Corps Marathon)
Runners on the National Mall during the 1995 Marine Corps Marathon. (Courtesy Marine Corps Marathon) (Courtesy Marine Corps Marathon)
Runners stretching at the start of the race. Year not known. (Courtesy Marine Corps Marathon)
Runners stretching at the start of the race. Year not known. (Courtesy Marine Corps Marathon) (Courtesy Marine Corps Marathon)
Marine Corps Marathon runners, year not known. Center with flag is Steve Bozeman, a Marine Corps Marathon Hall of Famer. He is among a small group of people recognized for the positive impact they have had in the success of the marathon. (Courtesy Marine Corps Marathon)
Marine Corps Marathon runners, year not known. Center with flag is Steve Bozeman, a Marine Corps Marathon Hall of Famer. He is among a small group of people recognized for the positive impact they have had in the success of the marathon. (Courtesy Marine Corps Marathon) (Courtesy Marine Corps Marathon)
Darrell General crosses the finish line to win the 1997 Marine Corps Marathon as Madeleine Albright and Gen. Richard I. Neal hold the banner. General, of Mitchellville, Maryland, won the marathon in 1995 and 1997. (Courtesy Marine Corps Marathon)
Donna Moore runs in the rain in 1997. The Kensington, Maryland, woman went on to win the race that year. (Courtesy Marine Corps Marathon)
Donna Moore runs in the rain in the 1997 Marine Corps Marathon. The Kensington, Maryland, woman went on to win the race that year. (Courtesy Marine Corps Marathon) (Courtesy Marine Corps Marathon)
Donna Moore crosses the finish line of the 1997 Marine Corps Marathon as the first place female finisher. (Courtesy Marine Corps Marathon)
Donna Moore crosses the finish line of the 1997 Marine Corps Marathon as the first-place female finisher. (Courtesy Marine Corps Marathon) (Courtesy Marine Corps Marathon)
A Marine presents a medal to at finish at the 1999 Marine Corps Marathon. (Courtesy Marine Corps Marathon)
A Marine presents a medal at the finish line at the 1999 Marine Corps Marathon. (Courtesy Marine Corps Marathon) (Courtesy Marine Corps Marathon)
Marines at water point at Rock Creek Parkway. Year not known. (Courtesy Marine Corps Marathon)
Marines at water point at Rock Creek Parkway. Year not known. (Courtesy Marine Corps Marathon) ((Courtesy Marine Corps Marathon))
Marine Corps Marathon Race Director Rick Nealis speaks with a general in 1998. (Courtesy Marine Corps Marathon)
A ceremonial vehicle seen in the early years of marathon. (Courtesy Marine Corps Marathon)
A ceremonial vehicle seen in the early years of marathon. (Courtesy Marine Corps Marathon)
The Victory Belles perform in 2003. The group often perform at Marine Corps Marathon events. (Courtesy Marine Corps Marathon)
The Victory Belles perform in 2003. The group often performs at Marine Corps Marathon events. (Courtesy Marine Corps Marathon) (Courtesy Marine Corps Marathon)
Former Marine Corps Marathon Groundpounder Matt Jaffe finishes the Marine Corps Marathon in 2003. (Courtesy Marine Corps Marathon)
2004 on Haines point; TIT is one of the longest charities (Courtesy Marine Corps Marathon)
A runner carries the flag through Hains Point in the 2004 Marine Corps Marathon. (Courtesy Marine Corps Marathon) (Courtesy Marine Corps Marathon)
Capt. Mary-Kate Bailey crosses the finish line as the first female finisher in the 2004 Marine Corps Marathon. The Arlington, Virginia, resident was the first female Marine to win the marathon. (Courtesy Marine Corps Marathon)
A group of patriotic finishers in 2004. (Courtesy Marine Corps Marathon) (Courtesy Marine Corps Marathon)
Marines pass out water at a water point on the National Mall in 2005. (Courtesy Marine Corps Marathon)
Marines pass out water at a water point on the National Mall in 2005. (Courtesy Marine Corps Marathon) (Courtesy Marine Corps Marathon)
Marines handing out water to runners. Year not known. (Courtesy Marine Corps Marathon)
A runner holding an American flag finishes the 2006 race. (Courtesy Marine Corps Marathon)
Runners stretch during a rainy Marine Corps Marathon race. Year not known. (Courtesy Marine Corps Marathon)
A runner dressed as a devil takes on the National Mall in the 2009 Marine Corps Marathon. (Courtesy Marine Corps Marathon)
A runner dressed as the devil takes on the National Mall in the 2009 Marine Corps Marathon. (Courtesy Marine Corps Marathon) (Courtesy Marine Corps Marathon)
Dr. Jill Biden cheers on Marine Corps Marathon participants in 2010, the year she was the official starter. Dr. Biden ran the Marine Corps Marathon in 1998. (Courtesy Marine Corps Marathon)
Dr. Jill Biden cheers on Marine Corps Marathon participants in 2010, the year she was the official starter. Dr. Biden ran the Marine Corps Marathon in 1998. (Courtesy Marine Corps Marathon) (Courtesy Marine Corps Marathon)
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Susan Mallery of Columbus, Ohio, was the first place female finisher in the Marine Corps Marathon’s first two years: 1976 and 1977. (Courtesy Marine Corps Marathon)
Then Vice President Al Gore poses with Race Director Rick Nealis after Gore finished the 1997 Marine Corps Marathon. (Courtesy Marine Corps Marathon)
Marine Corps Marathon runners at the Lincoln Memorial. Year not know. (Courtesy Marine Corps Marathon)
Heather Hanscom of Alexandria, Virginia, wins the 2003 Marine Corps Marathon in 2:37:59. (Courtesy Marine Corps Marathon)
The baggage tent for Marine Corps Marathon participants. Year not known. (Courtesy Marine Corps Marathon)
Runners cross the finish line during the 1998 race. (Courtesy Marine Corps Marathon)
A runner crosses the finish line. Year not known. (Courtesy Marine Corps Marathon)
A Marine at a computer during the 1993 Marine Corps Marathon expo. (Courtesy Marine Corps Marathon)
A group of runners in the Marine Corps Marathon. Year not known. (Courtesy Marine Corps Marathon)
The Marine Corps Marathon start in 1996. (Courtesy Marine Corps Marathon)
A runner in the 1995 Marine Corps Marathon race. (Courtesy Marine Corps Marathon)
Runners in the 1995 Marine Corps Marathon. (Courtesy Marine Corps Marathon)
Runners on the National Mall during the 1995 Marine Corps Marathon. (Courtesy Marine Corps Marathon)
Runners stretching at the start of the race. Year not known. (Courtesy Marine Corps Marathon)
Marine Corps Marathon runners, year not known. Center with flag is Steve Bozeman, a Marine Corps Marathon Hall of Famer. He is among a small group of people recognized for the positive impact they have had in the success of the marathon. (Courtesy Marine Corps Marathon)
Donna Moore runs in the rain in 1997. The Kensington, Maryland, woman went on to win the race that year. (Courtesy Marine Corps Marathon)
Donna Moore crosses the finish line of the 1997 Marine Corps Marathon as the first place female finisher. (Courtesy Marine Corps Marathon)
A Marine presents a medal to at finish at the 1999 Marine Corps Marathon. (Courtesy Marine Corps Marathon)
Marines at water point at Rock Creek Parkway. Year not known. (Courtesy Marine Corps Marathon)
A ceremonial vehicle seen in the early years of marathon. (Courtesy Marine Corps Marathon)
The Victory Belles perform in 2003. The group often perform at Marine Corps Marathon events. (Courtesy Marine Corps Marathon)
2004 on Haines point; TIT is one of the longest charities (Courtesy Marine Corps Marathon)
Marines pass out water at a water point on the National Mall in 2005. (Courtesy Marine Corps Marathon)
A runner dressed as a devil takes on the National Mall in the 2009 Marine Corps Marathon. (Courtesy Marine Corps Marathon)
Dr. Jill Biden cheers on Marine Corps Marathon participants in 2010, the year she was the official starter. Dr. Biden ran the Marine Corps Marathon in 1998. (Courtesy Marine Corps Marathon)


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