2013 Marine Corps Marathon Announces Official Course Map
The 2013 sold-out Marine Corps Marathon has launched its official detailed course map for the 26.2 mile course on October 27, 2013. Check it out here: http://www.mcmlocator.com/map
MCM participants should note the MCM course is taking a new direction through Crystal City, which does not include the up-and-back loop as in years past. Throughout Miles 22 to 24, the MCM course will take a slightly new turn in Arlington, VA.
As MCM runners enter into Crystal City after crossing the 14th Street Bridge, they will travel along Army-Navy Drive turning onto 12th Street South as it becomes Crystal Drive. Different from previous years, runners will then make a right turn onto 23rd Street South, before turning right again onto South Clark Street, which parallels U.S. Route 1/Jefferson Davis Highway. At this point in the course, participants will incur an incline in the road leading up to the 15th Street overpass and then enjoy a slight descent back onto 12th Street South.
From 12th Street South, runners will return onto the prior year's course following along Army-Navy Drive, and turning right onto South Fern Street toward the Pentagon. Continuing on Mile 24, participants will head onto South Rotary Road, running along the South West side of the Pentagon where, at the building's South Parking lot perimeter, runners will capture views of the National 9/11 Pentagon Memorial. From that point, MCM participants will turn left onto Columbia Pike, make an immediate right onto the Route 27/Washington Boulevard and follow the Boulevard to the Route 110 on ramp. Runners will then turn right onto the Route 110 access road, heading toward Pentagon North parking, and then continue along the access road bearing right back onto the Route 110 highway. Heading South on Route 110 toward Rosslyn, runners will make a left turn onto Marshall Drive and then turn right onto the Marine Corps War Memorial access road to the MCM Finish!
The USATF certified route starts in Arlington, VA on Route 110, same as in previous years, although this year, the start will be seven hundred feet closer to the Pentagon. The route winds its way through Rosslyn along Lee Highway before turning on Spout Run and the George Washington Parkway. Runners will experience a climb on Lee Highway in the first few miles of the course, but are rewarded with a descent along Spout Run and the Parkway.
After crossing Key Bridge into Georgetown, runners turn toward the Palisades Community when the course follows Canal Road, up to the reservoir and down MacArthur Boulevard. The course guides runners down popular M Street in Georgetown.
Runners will turn on Wisconsin Avenue and then K Street. The course passes the Kennedy Center and guides runners to the back of the Lincoln Memorial before continuing on Ohio Drive into Hains Point at the halfway point.
Outside Potomac Park, runners will get a glimpse of the Jefferson Memorial and Tidal Basin. On Independence Avenue, competitors will run by the newly-unveiled Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial and FDR Memorial. The runners will loop back along Independence Avenue on the side closest to the National Mall and the Korean and WWII Memorials before making a left turn onto 15th Street at the National Monument.