17.75k Event Pays Tribute to Founding of Marine Corps
Marines know how to act fast. It only took 7.75 minutes for runners to capture all the available entries for the Marine Corps 17.75K. They opened for registration at noon, and before 8 minutes had passed, every entry was sold out.
Organizers say ‘Access Granted’ passes for the 41st Marine Corps Marathon (MCM) on Oct. 30 are automatically given to all registered participants who complete the 17.75K.
“The Marine Corps 17.75K sellout is an exciting way to kick off the MCM’s 2016 season,”Rick Nealis said. “Now these runners can look forward to a great event in April as they gear up for Marathon training.”
The Marine Corps 17.75K may seem to be a strange distance, but there is a very good reason for it. The distance – in kilometers, pays tribute to the founding of the U.S. Marine Corps in 1775.
If you handle miles better, it is 11.03 miles. The organizers say runners from 34 states and D.C. are registered to run the 17.75k through scenic Prince William Forest Park. All finishers who are age 14 and above receive Access Granted cards. They still need to complete their registration for the 41st MCM by noon Eastern on April 5.
For the 17.75K, participants receive beautifully designed medals commemorating the National Park Service’s 100th anniversary, plus commemorative technical shirts, bibs, and post-event recovery items in 17.75K hospitality.
While waiting at the finish line outside the Montclair Tabernacle Church on Route 234 in Manassas, families and friends of runners can enjoy music, while waiting to celebrate.
The Marine Corps Marathon thanked sponsores of the 2016 MCM Event Series, Brooks, GEICO, Navy Federal Credit Union, Discover Prince William County/Manassas and Wegmans.