In case you missed it, the MCM just announced a small change that could have a great impact on runners:

38th Marine Corps Marathon Unveils Flatter Course Event Returns to Scenic
Rock Creek Parkway Resulting in Reduced Elevation

QUANTICO, VA (Aug. 20, 2013) - The 38th Marine Corps Marathon (MCM) course
will feature a flatter course and a new approach to the U.S. Capitol. The
notable change in course elevation occurs from Miles 6 through 9 with
runners now travelling north on Rock Creek and Potomac Parkway to Beach
Drive and then venturing back along the Parkway on roads that are relatively

Previously, runners would turn left onto Canal Road after crossing the Key
Bridge to Georgetown before scaling a 150-foot grade around the Georgetown
Reservoir between Miles 7 and 8. The MCM course now will send runners
immediately into the welcoming throngs of spectators along Georgetown's
renowned M Street prior to entering Rock Creek and Potomac Parkway on a
route that has not been part of the MCM course since 2006. The beautifully
tree-lined Rock Creek and Potomac Parkway was developed in the 1920s and
'30s and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

"This new course offers more spacious and flatter roadways for runners as
they travel through National Park landscape and under historical bridges,"
says Rick Nealis, MCM Director. "Georgetown, especially M Street, remains
important to our runners and, annually, the hot spot for spectators and

Another slight modification in the MCM course occurs along Mile 19 on the
National Mall with the marathon route now running on 3rd Street to
Constitution and then directly in front of the majestic U.S. Capitol along
1st Street. Runners will continue to travel adjacent to the Capitol and then
head onto Maryland Avenue and back onto 3rd Street capturing views of the
Smithsonian Museums and other notable landmarks. 

All MCM participants must maintain a 14 minute-per-mile pace throughout the
marathon as the course closes seven hours after the start. Wheelchair and
hand cycle participants begin at 7:40 a.m., with the 38th MCM immediately
following at 7:55 a.m. on Route 110 in Arlington.

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