Photos: Thousands of runners embark on Marine Corps Marathon

WASHINGTON — Thousands of runners, from active duty Marines and veterans to cancer survivors and amputees, set off on the 43rd annual Marine Corps Marathon early Sunday morning.

The 26.2-mile course winds through D.C., passing by Georgetown and the Capitol, the Washington Monument, and the Lincoln Memorial before looping around the Tidal Basin and finishing near Arlington Cemetery.

See photos and videos as runners gather in the early-morning hours to start the race.

Jenny Mendez of Costa Rica crosses the finish line in first place in the women's division of the 43rd Marine Corps Marathon, Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018, in Arlington, Va. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
Jenny Mendez of Costa Rica crosses the finish line in first place in the women’s division of the 43rd Marine Corps Marathon, Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018, in Arlington, Va. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana) ((AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana))
Jeffrey Stein rises his arms as he finish in the first place men's the 43rd Marine Corps Marathon, Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018, in Arlington, Va. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
Jeffrey Stein rises his arms as he finishes in first place men’s the 43rd Marine Corps Marathon, Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018, in Arlington, Va. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana) ((AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana))
Jenny Mendez of Costa Rica holds the marathon banner after she finished in first place in the women's division of the 43rd Marine Corps Marathon, Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018, in Arlington, Va. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
Jenny Mendez of Costa Rica holds the marathon banner after she finished in first place in the women’s division of the 43rd Marine Corps Marathon, Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018, in Arlington, Va. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana) ((AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana))
Jeffery Stein holds the banner as he crosses the finish line to win the Marine Corps Marathon men's division. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
Jeffery Stein holds the banner as he crosses the finish line to win the Marine Corps Marathon men’s division. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana) ((AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana))
Women wearing pink start the Marine Corps Marathon on Sunday morning. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
Women wearing pink start the Marine Corps Marathon on Sunday morning. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana) ((AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana))
Runners start the Marine Corps Marathon on Sunday in Arlington. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
Runners start the Marine Corps Marathon on Sunday in Arlington. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana) ((AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana))
Runners start the Marine Corps Marathon on Sunday in Arlington. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
Runners wearing shirts that say “We run free because of the brave” start the Marine Corps Marathon on Sunday in Arlington. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana) ((AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana))
(AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
Two lanes of runners take the start at the Marine Corps Marathon on Sunday in Arlington. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana) ((AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana))
Runners pass under a tunnel near the start of the marathon. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
Runners pass under a tunnel near the start of the marathon. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana) ((AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana))
Barry Goldmeier juggled hockey sticks and wore Washington Capitals gear. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
Barry Goldmeier juggled hockey sticks and wore Washington Capitals gear. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana) ((AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana))
Marines walk with flags near the start of the marathon. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
Marines walk with flags near the start of the marathon. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana) ((AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana))
An overhead view of the start of the marathon. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
An overhead view of the start of the marathon. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana) ((AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana))
An overhead view of the start of the marathon. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
An overhead view of the start of the marathon. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana) ((AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana))
Over 20,000 people have started the marathon in recent years. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
Over 20,000 people have started the marathon in recent years. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana) (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
The Marine Corps Marathon started early Sunday morning. (WTOP/Sarah Beth Hensley)
The Marine Corps Marathon started early Sunday morning. (WTOP/Sarah Beth Hensley) (WTOP/Sarah Beth Hensley)
The course runs throughout D.C. and Virginia, passing by the Washington Monument and Lincoln Memorial. (WTOP/Sarah Beth Hensley) (WTOP/Sarah Beth Hensley)
The Marine Corps Marathon ends near Arlington Cemetery. (WTOP/Sarah Beth Hensley) (WTOP/Sarah Beth Hensley)
People gather along the Marine Corps Marathon course to cheer on runners. (WTOP/Kristi King) (WTOP/Kristi King)
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Jenny Mendez of Costa Rica crosses the finish line in first place in the women's division of the 43rd Marine Corps Marathon, Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018, in Arlington, Va. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
Jeffrey Stein rises his arms as he finish in the first place men's the 43rd Marine Corps Marathon, Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018, in Arlington, Va. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
Jenny Mendez of Costa Rica holds the marathon banner after she finished in first place in the women's division of the 43rd Marine Corps Marathon, Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018, in Arlington, Va. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
Jeffery Stein holds the banner as he crosses the finish line to win the Marine Corps Marathon men's division. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
Women wearing pink start the Marine Corps Marathon on Sunday morning. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
Runners start the Marine Corps Marathon on Sunday in Arlington. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
Runners start the Marine Corps Marathon on Sunday in Arlington. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
(AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
Runners pass under a tunnel near the start of the marathon. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
Barry Goldmeier juggled hockey sticks and wore Washington Capitals gear. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
Marines walk with flags near the start of the marathon. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
An overhead view of the start of the marathon. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
An overhead view of the start of the marathon. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
Over 20,000 people have started the marathon in recent years. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
The Marine Corps Marathon started early Sunday morning. (WTOP/Sarah Beth Hensley)


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