If you want to run the 2014 Marine Corps marathon in Arlington, Va., and Washington, D.C., on October 26, now’s your chance throw your running shoe in the ring. Registration for the Marine Corps Marathon lottery opened Sunday, February 23 at 12 p.m. EST. The lottery will be open through Saturday, March 15 at noon EDT.
Runners ages 14 and older can register to enter the random draw any time in that 21-day period. Unlike years past, it is not first come, first served. Registrants will be notified via e-mail of the lottery’s results on March 19.
Registration is $110. There is no fee to enter the lottery. Runners will only be charged if they get a spot in the race.
The Marine Corps Marathon lottery is new to the race known as “The People’s Marathon.” Last year’s event fielding 23,473 finishers sold out in two hours, but not without a major hiccup when the registration site run by Active.com crashed amidst the swell of runners logging on to sign-up.
I chronicled the snafu from registration (Marine Corps Marathon and Runner’s World Challenge registration opens) to the crash (Marine Corps Marathon sells out amidst Active.com system failures) in my column at The Washington Times Communities page, and wrote an op-ed arguing why the race should move to a lottery (Marine Corps Marathon Shows Lotteries Are Best). The event was such a debacle for Active.com that they issued an apology and donated their fees to two of the marathon’s charity partners (Active Donates Fees For Marine Corps Marathon Snafu).
“MCM registration now is more accessible to everyone, over a longer period so runners don’t have to be concerned about missing out on an opportunity to run the MCM because they are at work or not able to get online the instant registration opens,” said Marine Corps Marathon Director Rick Nealis in a press release.
And if you don’t get in through the Marine Corps Marathon lottery? You can still run with one of the race’s 80 plus charity partners, which will start accepting registrations on April 2.
Unlike many major marathons, the race will also allow bib transfers starting in June for registered runners who are unable to participate in the event.
To register or for more information, visit www.marinemarathon.com.
Other major fall races fielding entrants via lotteries include the TCS New York City Marathon on November 2 and the Bank of America Chicago Marathon on October 12. The New York City Marathon lottery is open now through March 18 at www.tcsnycmarathon.org. The Chicago Marathon lottery will be open from March 5 through April 7 at www.chicagomarathon.com.