In-person Marine Corps Marathon canceled for 2nd year

Organizers of the Marine Corps Marathon say the race — scheduled for late next month — has been canceled, citing “security and safety precautions.”

It’s the second year in a row a “live” version of the marathon has been canceled and the big race, known as the “People’s Marathon” will operate as a virtual event.  Last year, the race was virtual-only because of the coronavirus pandemic.

“After exhausting all possibilities, the opportunity to safely operate and execute a live event is just not feasible at this time,” said Rick Nealis, director of Marine Corps Marathon Organization.

“Though we had high hopes to welcome home our running community this October, we are excited to still be able to celebrate the 46th running of “The People’s Marathon” virtually.”

A news release Friday said the entire weekend of race events scheduled for Friday, Oct. 29 through Sunday, Oct. 31 is canceled, and the race will instead operate as a virtual race.

The virtual race, along with the a MCM 50K and MCM 10K, must be completed between Oct. 1 and Nov. 10.

Runners who have already signed up to run can either switch to the virtual race, receive a full registration refund or defer entry to 2022 with no additional fee.

Further instructions and a link to the registration change form will be sent to the email address on file.


Jack Moore

Jack Moore joined as a digital writer/editor in July 2016. Previous to his current role, he covered federal government management and technology as the news editor at, part of Government Executive Media Group.

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