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Limited Registration Remains for Aug. 24 event
QUANTICO, VA (July 31, 2014) - The Marine Corps Marathon (MCM) takes pride in providing athletes a superior event experience whether running 26.2 miles, or competing in the Quantico Tri to be held Sunday, Aug. 24, aboard Marine Corps Base (MCB) Quantico.
The event will now feature chip timing as athletes enter the pool during the sprint-distance triathlon. Additionally, all athletes will receive four temporary body tattoos at Packet Pick-up to be used in lieu of body marking.
“The MCM is always striving to improve the athlete’s experience,” explains Angela Anderson, MCM Deputy Director. “Last year, athlete start times were manually recorded as they entered the pool. Adding electronic timing to the beginning of the swim heat will provide the most accurate results for each individual.”
The addition of temporary body tattoos alleviates long lines in what used to be the body marking station. Athletes will now place numbers on the upper right and left arm, as well as right and left calf, before the event begins. These water resistant tattoos will remain visible while swimming, and are easily removable after the event with baby oil or rubbing alcohol.
Also introduced this year is a free pasta dinner for all registered athletes to be held on Saturday, Aug. 23 at the Clubs of Quantico. The dinner will feature guest speaker Bob Bieri, who has participated in more than 300 running, duathlon, and triathlon events since 1983. Bieri will provide final event instructions and triathlon tips to participating athletes. Guest tickets may be purchased during registration for $15. Tickets for children ages 6-12 are available for $7.50 and children six and under eat free. Seating for the pasta dinner is available from 4 to 5:45 p.m. and again from 6:15 to 8 p.m.
The Quantico Tri will begin at 7 a.m. with a 400-yard (375 meter) swim in the Quantico 50M Pool, adjacent to the Clubs of Quantico. Athletes will be released in three waves for the swim in 30-minute increments, based on expected finish time. After the swim, participants will proceed to the transition area to begin an 8.3 mile bicycle course, passing in front of the Base Headquarters and through the Medal of Honor golf course. Rounding out the event is a 5K, out-and-back run along newly renovated Barnett Field.
Limited registration remains available at www.marinemarathon.com.
All athletes will be required to pick up their event packets Saturday, Aug. 23 between 4 and 7 p.m. near the event transition zone at the Clubs of Quantico, located at 3017 Russell Road aboard MCB Quantico. All participants will receive a technical shirt, event towel, and upon completion of the event, a finishers coin.
The 2014 MCM Event Series includes a series of road races and a triathlon occurring in Prince William County and on Marine Corps Base Quantico, VA. The MCM Event Series is sponsored by Brooks, GEICO, Marine Federal Credit Union, Holiday Inn Quantico Center and Discover Prince William County/Manassas. No federal or Marine Corps endorsement implied. #RunWithTheMarines