Metro opening early for Marine Corps Marathon

Runners can be seen reflected in a Metro car's window after completing the Marine Corps Marathon. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images)(Getty Images/Brendan Smialowski)

WASHINGTON — Marine Corps Marathon runners and spectators will be able to hop on Metrorail early Sunday, Oct. 28.

The subway will open at 6 a.m. in anticipation of the large crowds expected for the 43rd annual Marine Corps Marathon. Normally, Metro opens at 8 a.m.

Extra Blue Line and Yellow Line trains will run. The extra trains will run from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. from Huntington to Mount Vernon on the Yellow Line and from Franconia-Springfield to Stadium-Armory on the Blue Line. Extra trains also will run from 11:15 a.m. until 4:15 p.m.

Here are a couple of things to consider the day of the marathon:

  • Make sure your SmarTrip card is loaded ahead of time.
  • The closest station is Pentagon Station. It will be exit-only until 8:30 a.m.
  • To avoid crowding at Pentagon Station, Metro suggests using Pentagon City Station.
  • Arlington Cemetery Station is closed until about 8:30 a.m.
  • The closest stations for the start of the MCM 10K on the National Mall are Archives and L’Enfant Plaza.

Colleen Kelleher

Colleen Kelleher is an award-winning journalist who has been with WTOP since 1996. Kelleher joined WTOP as the afternoon radio writer and night and weekend editor and made the move to in 2001. Now she works early mornings as the site's Senior Digital Editor.

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