The Marine Corps Marathon is offering a new option for runners hoping to kick the intensity up a notch this year.
For the first time ever, the annual race’s backers are planning to put on a 50-kilometer “ultramarathon” alongside two other distance options this fall.
The ultramarathon will be held on the same day as the 44th iteration of the traditional marathon, Oct. 27, and kick off on the National Mall in D.C.
Some of the course will include portions of both the 10K race and regular, 26.2-mile marathon offered as part of the event.
“Runners must maintain an 11:30 minute pace-per-mile through mile 14 on Rock Creek Parkway,” the event’s organizers wrote in a release. “For the remaining 17 miles, MCM50K participants may run at a 14 minute pace-per-mile. Ultimately, the MCM50K will arrive at a joint finish at the iconic U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial in Arlington.”
Registration for the ultramarathon will open on Feb. 27, but will be limited to 500 participants. The fee is $200 to participate.
Runners in the new event will earn a U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial themed medal, a quarter-zip and commemorative bib, organizers said.
Fresh off running seven marathons on all seven continents in just seven days, Arlington resident Michael Wardian isn’t slowing down.
Wardian, one of the county’s most prolific athletes, says he’s planning to run three more marathons in D.C. this week. He’s planning to finish one each day, starting tonight (Thursday) and running through Saturday.
Hope you all might be able to come out and maybe even run with me. You don’t have to run the whole way.
I am running a marathon as follows, as of now:
Tonight-February 7, 2019 @ 1900 HRS
February 8, 2019 @ 1200 HRS(Noon)
February 9, 2019 @ 1200… https://t.co/BaB2wz67Uh
— michael wardian (@mikewardian) February 7, 2019
Wardian already managed to win the men’s side of the “World Marathon Challenge,” compiling the fastest total time across marathons in Miami; Santiago, Chile; Cape Town, South Africa; Perth, Australia; Dubai, United Arab Emirates; Madrid, Spain; and Nova, Antarctica.
With the events this weekend, he’s trying to set a new world record for the fastest time across 10 marathons in 10 days.
He previously set a world record in the 2017 World Marathon Challenge, and has managed all manner of other impressive running feats over the years. The 44-year-old works as an international shipbroker for his day job.
Today’s marathon will start at 7 p.m., giving Wardian some much-needed time to rest, while the other two will each kick off at noon.
Anyone hoping to watch can gather at an event hosted by Pacer’s Running at the Hains Point Picnic Area in D.C.’s East Potomac Park.
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The Marine Corps Marathon returns to Arlington next Sunday (Oct. 28), likely bringing over 30,000 runners to Arlington and a resulting tangle of road closures and transportation changes.
The opening ceremonies for the marathon will be held at 6 a.m., followed by the wheelchair and handcycle race starting at 7:40 a.m. Races will continue throughout the day until 3:10 p.m. Award celebrations are scheduled to continue until 9:30 p.m.
Street parking near the race will be restricted and motorists should keep an eye out for temporary “No Parking” signs. Use of rideshare and public transportation is encouraged.
Metrorail will open at 6 a.m. for the race, two hours early, and run extra Blue and Yellow line trains. The closest stop to the race will be the Pentagon station, which will be exit-only until 8:30 a.m.
According to an Arlington County press release, the following roads will be closed for the race.
3:00 AM-5:30 PM Marshall Drive from N. Meade Street to Route 110
3:00 AM-5:30 PM N. Meade Street from Marshall Drive to Lynn Street
3:00 AM-6:00 PM Route 110 from I-66 to Jefferson Davis Highway
3:00 AM-6:00 PM Wilson Boulevard from N. Nash Street to Route 110
3:00 AM-6:00 PM Lynn Street from N. Meade Street to Lee Highway
3:00 AM-6:00 PM Fort Myer Drive from N. Meade Street to Lee Highway
3:00 AM-6:00 PM N. Moore Street from Wilson Boulevard to Lee Highway
3:00 AM-6:00 PM 19th Street N. from Lynn Street to N. Nash Street
3:00 AM-4:00 PM Route 110 ramp from Washington Blvd. to Pentagon North parking
6:00 AM-12:00 PM Lee Highway (eastbound) from Lynn Street to Kirkwood Road
6:00 AM-12:00 PM Spout Run Parkway from southbound George Washington
Memorial Parkway (GWMP) to Lee Highway
6:00 AM-12:00 PM GWMP from Spout Run to Memorial Circle Drive
6:00 AM-12:00 PM Francis Scott Key Bridge (all lanes)
6:00 AM-2:00 PM HOV lanes from 14th Street SW to HOV ramp at S. Eads Street
5:00 AM-4:30 PM S. Eads Street from S. Rotary Road to Army Navy Drive
5:00 AM-4:30 PM Army Navy Drive from S. Fern Street to 12th Street S.
6:00 AM-10:00 AM 15th Street S. from Crystal Drive to S. Eads Street
6:00 AM-4:00 PM 12th Street S. from Army Navy Drive to Crystal Drive
6:00 AM-4:00 PM Crystal Drive from 12th Street S. to 23rd Street S.
6:00 AM-4:00 PM Longbridge Drive from 12th Street S. to I-395
3:00 AM-5:00 PM Boundary Channel Drive from I-395 to Pentagon North Parking
3:00 AM-5:00 PM Washington Blvd. from Columbia Pike to Memorial Circle
(southbound lanes will reopen at approximately 9:30 AM)
A map of the course, as well as additional race information, can be found at the Marine Corps Marathon website.
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