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MCMO Leadership

In 2011, Miles, ran the MCM10k with his handler JoAnn Webb.

Brig. Gen. Daniel B. Conley Commander Marine Corps Installations Command Col. Michael Brooks Commanding Officer MCINCR - Marine Corps Base Quantico

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Rick Nealis Director Marine Corps Marathon Organization Angela Anderson Deputy Director Business & Marketing

From 0 to 100 He thought his second marathon in 1993 would be his last.

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2 Letter from MCM Director 7 A Message from the Commandant 11 Virtual Running Checklist 16 The MCM Diplomats 23 Semper Fidelis Challenge 25 MCM Calendar - 2022 27 Tips from the Psyching Team

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VIRTUAL RUN CHECKLIST: Reflective gear and bright colors will ensure you’re visible to motorists since roads and major intersections won’t be closed during your race. Running apparel also has small pockets that are ideal for stashing your ID card, which you should have on you during your run. Weather can be unpredictable so double check the forecast before departing.

Stick to well-traveled routes and ensure you’re familiar with the turns, hills and intersections of your route. You’ll be running alone so don’t put yourself in an unsafe situation. Treadmill Runners: Spice up your virtual run by varying your speed and adding inclines along the way.

Treadmill Runners: Although you’re less concerned about visibility, comfortable and familiar running gear that prevents chaffing will help you finish strong.

Treadmill Runners: We want to see you, too. Keep your phone handy and snag a few selfies as you go.

Running alone can be mentally tough. Listening to your favorite running playlist, audio-books, or podcasts at low volume can keep your brain entertained without ruining your situational awareness. If you prefer to run in silence, try incorporating sprint intervals between blocks or electric poles to keep your mind busy. Also, don’t discount the importance of positive self-talk as the miles become difficult.

You’ll be responsible for your event day fluids and food. Don’t skip them! Have a replenishment plan that’s supported by your route. Plan for stops that bring you by your car or home; recruit your family to hand out Gatorade and power bars; or simply carry what you need. Fight off that late race fizzle with fluid and fuel. Treadmill Runners: Pre-stage your fluids and food and have a plan to decrease your speed or incline, as necessary.

Treadmill Runners: Research some bingeworthy shows and knock out a few episodes while you run

Give family and friends your estimated departure and return times, as well as your planned route. Your loved ones are more likely to surprise you with a finish line party if they know your schedule. 11


Carrying your phone is important for your safety and also allows you to commemorate your accomplishment with photos and videos. Did you run past a famous local landmark? Did your family set up a water/cheer station or surprise you at your finish line? Share those moments and make sure you tag them with #RunWithTheMarines so the incredible community of MCM runners can view your experience.

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Our inaugural team of Diplomats hail from all over the state of Virginia, as well as from Washington D.C., Maryland, New York and Texas. Meet the 2021 MCM Four-Star Diplomats!

Location: New York My favorite part of the MCM course is the stretch between the Lincoln Memorial and the Capitol Building. You hit it just before you take the left turn to Beat the Bridge, and it’s just an incredible feeling to be there with the other runners and to soak in that part of the city. That’s the moment the race hits home because you realize that DC is yours for the day – and what an incredible honor to have the privilege of running those streets!


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Location: Virginia My favorite part of the MCM course is after mile 25. This is the home stretch where every runner seems to be reborn. The energy of the crowd feels more electric along with the background sound of the announcer’s voice from a mile away. This is it; this is the moment you realize you are about to become part of the 1% of runners – all your training, hard work, and sacrifices about to pay off. On top of the last hill you must conquer are Marines waiting to shake your hands and hang the medal that will forever signify your accomplishment. It doesn’t matter how many times you have crossed that finish line, it just gets sweeter every single time.

Location: Virginia I have two favorite parts of the course. My first is the wearblue mile. Every time I run, it gives me all the feels and it was even more special on the occasions I ran to remember a fallen soldier. On the flip side, my other favorite is Crystal City – just as you are mentally done, you enter a tunnel of noise and energy. It’s a huge pick-me-up before the last stretch to the finish.

Location: Washington D.C. My favorite part of the MCM course is approaching the U.S. Capitol Building along the north side of the National Mall. So many quintessentially DC sights to see along this portion of the route and not having to wait at the various pedestrian crosswalks was a nice change from my training runs. Also, this was the point during the 2019 race that the rain cleared out...thank goodness!

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Location: Texas I ran my first marathon when our daughter was 4 years old, often training with a running stroller. On race morning, my husband dropped me off at the start and went home to pick up our daughter. They stood at the 26 mile marker waiting for me and when our daughter saw me, she started screaming and jumping up and down, “Mommy! You’re running far!” When I got closer, she broke away from my husband and ran with me to the finish line. It is my most memorable running moment because that day I realized that I was setting a good example of healthy living and mindset. My training was teaching her about setting goals and doing hard things that you aren’t sure you can do.

Location: Maryland My favorite part of the MCM is the wearblue mile; 1,064 powerful steps. I believe a very important part of the history, honor and esprit de corps of the Marine Corps tradition(s) all start with remembrance. This portion of the Marine Corps Marathon on Hains Point always brings on the emotions – I get chills, I feel lighter and the running exhaustion and pain dissipate. I make the conscious effort to say the name of every fallen service member in my head as I run by. As I see the families of the fallen, some with tears in their eyes, many with smiles on their faces and some eagerly cheering the runners on, I am so proud of the men and the women of our Armed Forces, and especially for those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.


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In November 2019, the Marine Corps Marathon Organization introduced the Semper Fidelis Challenge to runners who just couldn’t resist running with the Marines and we keep this tradition going. More than 7,000 runners have registered since then to run the Marine Corps Historic Half in May and the Marine Corps Marathon (MCM) or MCM 50K in October for the chance to earn a limited edition Semper Fi medal.

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Runners registered for the three MCM Weekend events: MCM, MCM10K and MCM50K will earn the MCM Trifecta Coin. To complete the Trifecta, runners must choose one live event and two virtual events of their choice or three virtual events. This once-in-a-lifetime challenge will reward finishers with a stunning challenge coin in addition to the corresponding finisher medals.

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TIPS FROM THE MCM PSYCHING TEAM: It may be hard to predict what it will be like to run the Marine Corps Marathon (MCM) solo this year, and you certainly don’t want to underestimate the challenges it may present. You may not have the cheering crowds, the feeling of camaraderie with the other runners you see on the course and the excitement of crossing the finish line, but your virtual event can still be great. Here are some tips from the MCM Psyching Team to help you cope with the mental challenges of a solo event:

FINE TUNE YOUR MANTRAS. One of the many benefits to having supporters along the course is that they yell out energizing and reassuring messages of support. Comments like “you got this,” “take it one step at a time” and “you’re looking great” are often heard on race day. When repeated to oneself (out loud or not), such statements (e.g. mind over miles, one stride at a time, you got this) are a mantra. The use of mantras is an ancient practice that research has discovered has the power to calm the nervous system and reduce negative emotions. Figure out what mantras are effective for you and use them liberally during your event.


Facing some of the challenges of solo running during your practice runs will allow you to gain insights, skills and confidence come event day.

TRY A NEW PLAYLIST. If you run with music, try changing your playlist. Save your most energizing songs for the end and introduce some novel tunes early on.


Create a game that you can entertain yourself with during your run. For example, how many different breeds of dogs do you see? How many people in sunglasses? On bicycles? Try the alphabet game – spot the letters A to Z (in order) on anything you see along your path, sing a favorite song in Pig Latin, solve a math equation, or conjugate verbs in a foreign language.

BREAK IT DOWN. Thinking about 26.2, or even 10 miles can be overwhelming. Break your race down into manageable chunks. Go as small as you need to go (the next 5K, mile, the next 20 steps works as well). Identify and celebrate these successes along the way, which will help you manage anxiety.

MAKE IT SOCIAL. Just because you are running alone doesn’t mean you can’t have your support network along your race course virtually cheering you on. Send out a picture or tweet either at designated break points or whenever you need a lift. Virtual cheers will be your reward for sharing your progress. Plan for a group to be at the finish line to celebrate your accomplishment, and this will give you something fun to look forward to.

How to Run Your Solo Virtual Event BE MINDFUL. Mindfulness involves a focus on the present and your immediate surroundings. Use all of your senses to take things in, both inside and outside of your body. Your breath can be used as an anchor to center your attention, as it is always with you.


Knowing how to care for your body and mind during a marathon requires skills that often develop with experience and support from your team. During your solo event, you will be fully responsible for lifting yourself out of any low moments, managing your own bathroom breaks, hydration and supplies to stay properly fueled. Be prepared with enough gels or salt to avoid problems like bonking, cramping or intestinal discomfort (to name a few). No doubt the challenge of figuring out these physical and mental skills will create confidence and knowledge that you can draw upon for years to come.

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MILES RUNS 6.2 MILES In 2011, the MCM Mascot, Miles, ran the MCM10k with his handler JoAnn Webb and finished at an impressive time of 1:40:53. The man behind Miles is Kevin Nealis, nephew of Race Director, Rick Nealis and here are some highlights Miles likes to share with the runners of the MCM10K. What inspired you to run the MCM10K in 2011? I have great respect for the Marines and would get inspired and impressed by them at every MCM event. I wanted to do something as a challenge but also to show my appreciation for them. What was your favorite part of the course? I have to say the finish for sure. Running up the hill towards Iwo Jima with the spectators on both sides, and the Marines lined up was so moving. My family was in the VIP area right at the finish line too! Crossing the finish line and getting a big hug from my Uncle was special. What’s the most vivid memory or memorable moment you have of being the mascot? I was the mascot for many years and stationed at many different spots. From the madness of the Expo to the calm VIP dinners, they were all great memories. But I would have to say that working the kids fun run was always my favorite. Watching the Marines run in the last child as a group giving them all the energy and support that they needed would give me chills.

Were you a runner? I have been a runner on a low level over time. I played soccer in college and have finished a couple of half marathons and one full marathon. I also completed a relay race, the American Odyssey, with the MCM team. That was a wonderful experience. What was the experience like running the course in the mascot costume? Lucky for me I was able to run in my Brooks running shoes and not the costume feet! It was very difficult to see while running and Jo Ann was key as my running guide. She was able to call out the curbs, potholes and anything else down low. The runners and crowd were so supportive. I thought I was there to help them and they helped me more than they know. Every nice comment or picture request (which gave a much-needed break) was very much appreciated. What does a #RunWithTheMarines mean to you? I miss the MCM very much! For me, #RunWithTheMarines means a weekend of seeing the exceptional organizational skills and excitement of the runners being capped off by the pure joy when they cross the finish line. Whether you are running the 10k or the full marathon, the Marines are there providing all that is needed from the water stands to the energy to cross the finish line and receive your medal. It is simply the best marathon and race series there is!

How long were you the face behind the Miles the Bulldog mascot? I was Miles for about 8-9 years.

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He thought his second marathon in 1993 would be his last; however, for Nicolas Panebianco the journey was just beginning. Nicolas Panebianco didn’t consider himself a runner in high school, simply grateful to receive a varsity track letter as the team’s resident two miler. Reflecting back though, this was where Panebianco’s running story really began. “At the end of both my Junior and Senior years, I finished a very hilly 20K race in Wheeling, WV,” explained Panebianco. “That sparked my post high school running that lives on today.”

set for hitting the century mark before reaching the age of 60. He will reach that goal two years early. “How incredibly lucky I am to be healthy and can run such long distances,” stated Panebianco. “I never take any marathon or ultra for granted. I am honestly amazed every time I cross the finish line. My passion for running has not waned at all over 42 years.” “I was told as a child that I had an anemic condition that would inhibit my ability to work at a hard labor job,” said Panebianco when asked if the milestone was always the plan. “The goal of one marathon was a dream in high school, so 100 marathons wasn’t even conceivable.”

Those 20Ks served as Panebianco’s longest distance, mostly running 5 and 10Ks until 1993 when he decided to join a friend It was an easy choice for Panebianco to pick which race would for a marathon. He followed that up with his first and fastest be his 100th, crediting the organization, the generosity toward Marine Corps Marathon (MCM) with a time of sub 3:30 in the charities and his high respect for the United States Marine same year. Panebianco would return to Corps for constantly drawing him back. run the MCM in 1998 with Big Brother “The MCM is the goal for most of our Big Sisters as a part of the MCM Charity fundraising trainees each year and was “MY PASSION FOR Program, leading to another passion. the obvious choice,” said Panebianco. “Since I starting racing with Big Brothers, it (his racing passion) went from there. Racing with charities gives so much more,” expressed Panebianco. “We celebrate a sport that we share and serve the less fortunate in our world.” Panebianco will be running his 18th MCM in 2021, all but one as part of the charity program.


Even though the 2021 race is now virtual, Panebianco plans to accomplish the major milestone in his own special way. WANED AT ALL “I have recruited a group of friends to include Ray, who ran my first marathon OVER 42 YEARS.” with me, Josh, my nephew, and 3 others from MCC, Cathy, Rich, & Leonce. The 6 of us plan to start at 7 a.m. on the 31st and run together on a course that mimics the MCM course and finishes at Iwo Jima (United States Marine Corps Today, Panebianco serves as the President of Marathon Charity War Memorial),” stated Panebianco. “We will have my two Cooperation (MCC), a non-profit charitable and educational sisters, Luann and Jan, along with my niece, Becky, my wife, foundation that serves children and families both locally and Margaret, and my children, Nicole & Louis, cheering us on globally. From starting with Big Brothers Big Sisters to today from aid stations along the course. In addition, we will have with MCC, Panebianco has raised over $1 million. 6 or more MCC members who will be offering aid along the After a taking an 18 month break from the sport due to health course.” Panebianco will even be sharing the feat with family concerns back in 1998, Panebianco came back to running with and friends who are traveling in from Illinois, Ohio, Texas, and great ambition. Before then, he had finished three marathons. Pennsylvania. Since then, he has completed 96. The 46th MCM will bring We are excited for the celebration by the U.S. Marine Corps Panebianco’s marathon total to 100. War Memorial as Panebianco crosses the “finish line”, wearing It wasn’t until 2013 when Panebianco finished his 60th none other than bib number 100. marathon that 100 became feasible. His new goal was then 46 TH Marine Corps Marathon | 2021




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By George Banker, MCMO Historian The running community mourns the loss of Jeff Scuffins (June 16, 1962– March 20, 2021) of Hagerstown, MD. Scuffins, a 1980 graduate of North Hagerstown High School (Maryland), held the record for 1,600 meters (4:18.84) for 32 years, which was broken in 2012 by Evan Hardy. Scuffins graduated in 1985 from Clemson University with a Bachelor’s degree in administrative management. Scuffins was a two-time National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) national champion for three miles indoors, setting a meet record of 13:50.0 in 1981. The Washington Running Club was founded was in 1974 and was known among runners as an elite distance-running club in the Washington, DC area. In the 1960s, ’70s, and early ’80s, the racing team would travel to racing events, including national and world-class cross-country races to compete. Scuffins was a member of the club 1984-1986. You will note below that Scuffins was not one to shy away from competition. He ran with the best, and a few times, he beat the best. The 12th Marine Corps Marathon was held on November 8, 1987. The temperature at the start was 60 degrees and 73 degrees at the finish, with winds at 10 mph. The first in the history of the race, television coverage was provided by WTTG-TV, Channel 5. The commentators included Steve Buckhantz, Bill Rodgers, Missy Kane, and Angela Robinson. Larry Matthews was broadcasting on WMAL, and Mike Ritz spoke with runners along the course at the Lincoln Memorial. Race entries reached a history record of 12,091 (10,193 males, 1,898 females) with 8,809 finishers (7,505 males, 1,304 females). The race entry fee was $15.00. Due to the high temperature from last year, water stations increased from nine to 14. The U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials would be taking place in 1988, and to qualify, males had to run 2:20 or less and females had to run 2:50 or less. The temperature was 60 degrees at the start, but the air quality was not good because of forest fires burning in West Virginia.

Brad Ingram was making his seventh appearance, and Tom Bernard was making his fifth. The score was 2 to 1 in Ingram’s favor. On average, 60% of the marathon runners in the Marine Corps are first-timers. Ingram and Bernard had Jeff Scuffins of Hagerstown, MD, to worry about, a late entrant wearing bib number 11464 and his running mate, Chris Fox, wearing bib number 11463. Another contender making his third Marine Corps was Darrell General of Temple Hills, MD. In 1984 at age 18, he ran 2:24:36, and in 1985 he ran 2:26:52. Going into the 11th mile, Scuffins found himself in total control. The chase pack began to fade as Bernard dropped back, and Ingram dropped out at Mile 22, while by Mile 24, General was out, fading. Scuffins was on record pace and shattered the event record (2:16:31 by Dean Matthews, 1981) by two and one-half minutes and ran 2:14:01. General placed second with 2:19:08 and the two qualified for the Olympic Marathon Trials. Ingram dropped out at Mile 22, and Bernard finished in 72nd place with 2:39:09. The Ingram-Bernard era came to an end. “We started very slow, and it took us five to six miles to get to the front. Jeff was on his game immediately; I had to keep asking him to hold back. We had a fairly leisurely run, for us at the time, 5:15 to 5:20 pace tempo effort. I knew I was going to get out between 10 to 15 miles. We kept picking it up, and Jeff was talking as if we were on one of our training runs in Williamsport, MD, on the C&O Canal towpath,” stated Chris Fox. Fox, from 1987-1994, was a member of the Nike-Athletics West Team with a best mile time of 3:59.10, 5000m in 13:21, 10,000m 27:53, and the marathon in 2:13:40. Presently he is the head cross-country and track and field coach at Syracuse University. Fox dropped out of the race (nine miles), and Scuffins was on his own. “Jeff was glad I was gone so he could go faster. He dropped the pace to 5:10. I saw him a few more times during the race, and he looked under complete control. He finished with very bloody feet from blisters, the worst I’ve seen in my long history in the sport. He did not complain, and 46 TH Marine Corps Marathon | 2021


he was untouchable that day. Two hours after the race, we were at White Flint Mall having lunch, and people recognized Jeff from the great live T.V. coverage they had. I remember it as a great day for my great friend and everyday training partner. The record will stand as long as it remains a race for the people,” added Fox.

it. He was entertaining—and funny guy—who everyone loved hanging out with.” The Marine Corps Marathon was familiar ground for the runners from Hagerstown. On November 7, 1982, Jeff Smith was the overall winner with a time of 2:21:29 (19th fastest winning time to date). Spinnler ran the race in 1988 (2:46:39, 114th place) and again 1997 (3:15:07 600th place). Jared Hawkins made a respectable showing in 2007 (2:25:34, 3rd place) and 2008 (2:25:19, 4th place).

Scuffins had the following elapsed times: half-marathon (1:06:49), Mile 14 (1:11:16), Mile 16 (1:21:15), Mile 18 (1:31:14), Mile 19 (1:36:19), Mile 21 (1:46:30), and Mile 22 (2:02:03). The record Scuffins set remains in good standings to date and the only time under 2:15. The closest runner was in 1996 (2:19:09) by two-time winner Issac Garcia of Mexico. “About Scuff, the first thing that comes to mind when I think of him as a runner is gutsy! If you recall, when he ran his 2:14:01 Marine Corps Marathon time, his shoes were bloodied from blisters that had opened while he ran (remember seeing the pictures of his shoes). I would also say Jeff was a very smart runner, knew his pace and never extended himself,” stated Barry “Boop” Holder, a 1979 Williamsport graduate and state champion for the Wildcats (1978–15:46, three miles). At the 15th Marine Corps Marathon (November 4, 1990), Holder place third overall in a time of 2:26:45. “From a personal perspective, Scuff was a great friend of mine and many. His quick-witted humor and personality will surely be missed. He also loved his Baltimore Orioles and Ravens, never missing a game.” “Fresh out of college on May 25, 1985—at only 22-years-old—he defeated a world-class field in the $12,000 Travel Fun 10K in Arlington, Virginia. His 29:13 broke free from second placer Kenyan Sosthenes Bitok (29:21) late in the race and earned Scuff $2,500. Bitok had placed sixth in the Olympic 10,000-meter final less than a year earlier,” stated Mike Spinnler, who coaches the Cumberland Valley Athletic Club and at Hagerstown Community College. Scuffins competed against some of the best runners. Bitok placed sixth at the 1984 Olympic Games (August 6, 1984) in a time of 28:09.01. “On March 15, 1987, Scuff defeated a world-class field to win the St. Patty’s Day Run in Kutztown (PA), a 10-miler, in 47:57. Bill Reifsnyder, the 1992 Olympic alternate—and 1991 USA National Marathon Champion— was second (48:01).” “The 1987 Marine Corps Marathon (MCM) was supposed to be a long 15ish mile tempo run preparing for an Olympic Trials Qualifying attempt at the Cal International Marathon the following month. Our coach Greg Shank got him a number so he could run in the MCM race. He just felt so good. Greg told him to keep going and go ahead and get his Olympic Trials Qualifying mark today. If you watch the race-coverage video, you can tell there was a lot more in the tank than 2:14:01 if he had needed 38

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“I think I first met Scuff in the early ’80s (maybe ’81 or ’82). We hit it off right away. I hung out with a lot of the Hagerstown guys back then (and still do). Mostly, Terry Baker, Mike Spinnler, Greg Shank, and 20 or 30 others too numerous to mention. Mostly, at post-race parties. I think the main thing Scuff and I had in common was our love for beer. We also loved running,” stated Jeff Smith. “When Scuff got inducted to the Marine Corps Marathon Hall of Fame, I think he was able to invite five guests. He invited four of the Hagerstown guys and said I want Smitty there! I am still flattered and honored that he would think of me! Pink (Mike Spinnler) recently commented on my F.B. page that I am a Cumberland guy (Baltimore originally). That we used to be fierce competitors, but ‘he’s one of us now’ (meaning a Hagerstown guy). I am very humbled and truly blessed for all the relationships I have made through my 50 years of running. I will miss Scuff and still be expecting him to walk into a post-race party somewhere. Maybe I will get to do a 5-mile run on the towpath in the sky with Scuff and Eddie (Greg Shank) someday.” “My favorite Scuff story was from after the Great Allegany Run (GAR). I ran into Scuff on my cool-down. He was only planning on running three or four miles. When I told him I was running back up to near the start, which was about eight miles altogether and about four miles, all uphill from where we were at the time, he said, ‘No way, Smitty! You are crazy!’ I said, ‘I have a cooler full of cold Shaffer Light in the trunk of my car! ‘ He said, ‘Smitty, I’m in!’ “ One runner stated, “I did not know Jeff, and he was not tall, but he sure could run fast.” One day, maybe the 2:14:01 may fall. Let it be known that what Scuffins did will remain in history. The performance was all for the sport’s love, a determination which Scuffins displayed in pursuit of getting an Olympic Trials qualifying time. There was no cash to take to the bank, but the Middendorf Trophy rewarded his efforts. The tributes will continue as will thoughts about Scuffins. Each October, as runners participate in the Marine Corps Marathon, Scuffins will be looking over the crowd to see if a runner will go after his record. In closing to Scuffins: Semper Fidelis!

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General Joseph F. Dunford, Jr. was born in 1955 in Boston, MA. He graduated from Saint Michael’s College and was commissioned in 1977, leading to an impressive Marine Corps career before retiring as the nation’s highest-ranking military officer.

Before serving as the 19th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and 36th Commandant of the Marine Corps, Dunford was a Marine Corps Marathon (MCM) finisher. Dunford successfully completed his first MCM in 1977. He would return to run the marathon in 1988 and 2000, finishing in 3:26:56 and 3:36:58 respectfully. As an infantry officer, Dunford commanded at the After periodically moving back to the Washington platoon, company, battalion (2nd Battalion, 6th D.C. area due to military orders, Dunford took on the Marines) and regimental (5th Marine Regiment) levels distance again in 2012 and 2015. In addition to his five as well as serving as Assistant Division Commander MCM finishes, Dunford also successfully completed of the 1st Marine Division, Marine Corps Director of three MCM10Ks in 2011, 2016 and 2017, often joined Operations and Marine Corps Deputy Commandant by his family. for Plans, Policies and Operations. In addition, Dunford commanded I Marine Expeditionary Forces and There is no doubt that Dunford has demonstrated Marine Forces U.S. Central Command. His assignments the values of the United States Marine Corps through also include time as the Assistant Commandant of the his honor and commitment in leading the country’s Marine Corps and Commander, International Security military. Furthermore, he displayed these core values Assistance Force and United States Forces-Afghanistan. through his continued participation of the MCM Weekend events and positively impacting “The People’s Marathon.” The Marine Corps Marathon Organization is honored to call General Dunford a multiple MCM finisher and welcome him to the MCM Hall of Fame.

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Retired U.S. Army Captain Holly Koester experienced a life altering accident in 1990, leaving her in a wheelchair. Koester could have rolled over, instead she rolled on. Koester took up wheelchair racing after being exposed to the sport and finished her first marathon in 1995. In 1998, Koester successfully completed her first Marine Corps Marathon finishing as the overall female winner in the Wheelchair and Hand Cycle Division with a time of 3:08:16. This began a streak of winning six years out of the next eight from 1998 to 2005. After a short break, Koester returned to the top female wheelchair spot in 2008, remaining there in 2009 and 2010.


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Koester remains a multiple MCM participant even after making the transition from a wheelchair to hand-cycle, competing in 2011 and 2013 to 2016. She even joined the thousands who were Virtually Unstoppable in 2020. In total, Koester has compiled 16 MCM Weekend event finishes and winning 13 times. Her achievement as the first person in a wheelchair to finish a marathon in 50 states is praiseworthy. Koester’s courage and fortitude to overcome an incident and continuously battle the 26.2 distance reflects the values of the United States Marine Corps. Already a member of the Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame, we are pleased to also add MCM Hall of Fame member to this decorated athlete.



With one more running of the Marine Corps Marathon (MCM), Teresa Timmerman will become the top female with the most finishes in MCM history. Her courage and dedication to consistently take on the MCM is truly worth celebrating and MCMO is delighted to welcome Timmerman into the Hall of Fame.

Runners who have successfully completed the Marine Corps Marathon at least five times are eligible to apply for entry into the MCM Runners Club. This exclusive group is granted annual access to MCM registration during a designated period. As the female with most finishes, Teresa’s dedication showcases the positive impact runners, like those in the MCM Runners Club, have had in the on-going success of “The People’s Marathon”.

“I am SO thrilled and honored to be invited to join the MCM Hall of Fame,” stated Timmerman. A member of the MCM Runner’s Club, Timmerman has run with the Marines 32 times, striving to complete her 33rd. Timmerman’s completion of 33 Marine Corps Marathons is commendable. Let’s hope we will get to Timmerman, who live is College Park, PA, started to run see her complete 45 and overcome the male with the MCM in 1988 and comes back every year. “I just love most finishes to become the all-time Runner’s Club everything about this event: the course in the nation’s finisher. We thank Teresa for consistently choosing to capital starting and ending at the Iwo Jima Memorial, run with the Marines and we are pleased to welcome the flyovers/ parachutists, howitzer start, the bands, her to the MCM Hall of Fame. spectators, and of course the Marines,” expressed Timmerman when explaining why she continues to choose the MCM. “It’s always a great weekend to spend time with dear running friends who are all MCM Runners Club members- one of my favorite weekends of the year!”

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AMBA SSA D O R AMBASSA Denise Weber has been a crucial part of the Marine Corps Marathon since first volunteering in 2010. Weber, who served as a Medical Service Corps Officer in the United States Navy for 29 years, immediately became the Officer In Charge (OIC) for a new Aid Station located at the finish festival. This crucial station has evolved from a small tent with a few supplies into two tents and a full aid station, assisting runners who are waiting for the Rosslyn metro. Her professionalism continues to bring the same volunteers who have requested to work with Weber at her station. In addition to her support on race day, Weber also arrives a few days early from out of town to assist with Medical Aid Station set up as a Key Volunteer. Weber has since started volunteering for the annual MCM Kids Run which is part of the MCM Weekend events as well as the Marine Corps Historic Half (MCHH) in Fredericksburg, VA. Her medical expertise as the OIC for the MCHH Start Finish Line aid station is vital as the weather, specifically heat, often impacts this event more than other key factors. This tent’s civilian volunteers and military medical personnel work quickly in “Heat Deck Teams” to cool down runners.


Key Volunteers, like Weber, are MCMO’s go-to help and her contributions over the last 20 years are unmatched. The MCM Weekend events and the MCHH would not be as successful without Denise Weber.

Michael Ware has been instrumental to the Marine Corps Marathon (MCM) for over 40 years as a member of the MCM Ad Hoc Publicity Committee since 1980. Working directly with Colonel Jim Fowler, the Ad Hoc Committee was instrumental in solidifying the Marathon as one of the best long distance running events and helped build the image and reputation of “The People’s Marathon.”



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Ware, a commissioned officer in the United States Air Force and a Vietnam War veteran, was selected in 1983 to be one of the first three members of the MCM Ad Hoc Board of Directors. He served in this capacity alongside two future MCM Hall of Famers, Colonel Herb Harmon and Stewart Gerson. Working hand in hand with the active duty Marines assigned to the MCM Operations branch at Marine Corps Base Quantico, the Ad Hoc Board of Directors were able to add their business expertise and facilitate the growing of MCM into a world class running event. This team utilized publicity campaigns to attract more participation and secured finances by bringing in sponsors and financial partners from the private sector. Ware’s financial proficiency, coupled with other member’s contacts and understanding of the Corps, was the catalyst that moved the Marathon from just another government funded event to a non-appropriated financed running destination that attracts athletes of all abilities. Although not a runner himself, Mike’s impact on the MCM can been seen in the pride of the thousands of runners who have consistently chosen to run the “The People’s Marathon.” The tremendous growth of the race would not have been possible without the selfless dedication of Mike Ware.

AMBA SSA D O R AMBASSA Community involvement and partnerships are a critical part of every Marine Corps Marathon Weekend and wouldn’t be possible without people like Rosemary Hughes. Hughes has been instrumental in the organizational aspects of the MCM Weekend Events for 17 years, when she came on board as the United Parcel Service (UPS) sponsor lead. In this role, Hughes coordinates volunteers and secures vehicles for the gear check as well as lends her logistics expertise to the MCMO team when needed. During 2020’s unprecedented race season, Hughes was pivotal to the transition from in-person to virtual events by providing guidance with the bulk mailings to runners. When Hughes isn’t facilitating the UPS partnership, she can be found running the organization’s various events. Having successfully completed 9 MCMs, Hughes is a member of the exclusive MCM Runners Club. She has also participated in the Marine Corps Historic Half and the MCM Event Series regularly. Hughes even took on the Devil Dog Double virtually in 2020.


Her dedication and support as a partner and participant has led to the continued success of “The People’s Marathon,” earning Rosemary Hughes the honorary title of MCM Ambassador.

With more than 200 marathons under his feet, Sid Busch knows the importance of physical fitness and how crucial volunteers are to a race. Having participated in the Marine Corps Marathon Weekend events as a runner and a volunteer, Busch exemplifies what it means to be a MCM Ambassador. A retired United States Navy Chief Petty Officer, Busch has joined the Marine Corps Marathon Organization for various race days over the last two decades. Busch completed his first MCM in 1996, eventually finishing 14 and gaining access to the elite MCM Runners Club. In addition, Busch regularly participates in the Marine Corps Historic Half and the MCM Event Series. When Busch isn’t running, you can find him supporting the MCMO staff as a volunteer. His enthusiastic attitude and dedication to extending a positive message earned him the designation of Highlight Volunteer in 2020.


As an accomplished runner and avid volunteer, Sid Busch embodies honor and commitment, core values of the United States Marine Corps. We are pleased to have him as a MCM Ambassador.

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RESULTS & FINISHER CERTIFICATES MCM finisher certificates will be available as soon as runners upload results. Accessible through the MCM website, the certificate includes the runner’s name and finish time and may be shared digitally or printed for framing.


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Runners will be able to individualize the certificates by selecting up to four personal achievement badges. The customizable finisher certificates offer multiple category options including first timer, personal record, military spouse, charity runner and the new Brooks Run Happy badge.

Participants have the option to link their personal wearables to their participant account to track their participation and submit results. Log into your participant account to view wearable options.

After completing the Virtual Marine Corps Marathon Weekend events, runners must submit their results through their participant account in haku starting October 1, 2021.

Sync your device under the "Your Devices" tab in your participant account prior to starting your virtual event. Once connected, the activity from your device will sync directly to your participant account.

Results may be submitted via a link to a public page from an app, a screenshot, a photo of a watch or treadmill or directly from a supported wearable device. Ensure to record both distance and time in your submission.

To sync your wearable: 1. Connect your wearable device. 2. Click on “Your devices” at the top of the screen. 3. In the “Manage” tab, click connect under your device. 4. You will be prompted to log into your wearable device Don’t have a wearable device? Download the free Fitbit app on your smartphone and use the MobileRun® feature to track pace, time and distance.

To Download a Virtual Bib: Log into Participant Account Click “Your Registrations” Click on MCM Weekend registration Click “Get Your Virtual Bib.” Bib will feature the actual assigned bib number.

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Defining Special Moments

Apparel with Purpose and Pride

Display Medals Loud and Proud

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The proud photographer of the MCM, MCM10K and MCM50K. The MCM Day Download, includes every photo taken of you AND a video highlighting your progress throughout the MCM course. This is perfect for sharing to your social feed!

The MCM Brooks Running Store offers commemorative apparel, jackets and souvenirs featuring the MCM logo and USMC’s Eagle, Globe and Anchor. Apparel for marathoners, MCM10K and MCM50K participants and spectators is available.

There’s no forgetting the moment when a Marine places the impressive MCM medal around the neck of a finisher. All medal hangers are laser cut from stylish brushed stainless steel, providing a display that is beautiful and strong as you are.

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NEW! MCM Digital Store

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Shop the MCM Digital Store for exclusive Marine Corps Marathon gifts and merchandise that will keep the memories alive for years to come. Choose from limited-edition items like the Devil Dog Bobblehead, Miles and Molly plush toys, tumblers and mugs or official MCM finisher items to celebrate your accomplishments.

Personalize a finisher medal with the runner’s name and finish time. It fixes neatly on to the ribbon of the medal with a special buckle attachment. It is neat, visible from the front of the medal and helps runners remember a #RunWithTheMarines for years to come.

The Marine Corps Association & Foundation, the professional association of the Marine Corps, supports the professional development of Today’s Marines by providing a variety of resources including its iconic publications, the Marine Corps Gazette and Leatherneck Magazine of the Marines. Our retail arm, The Marine Shop, is pleased to partner with the Marine Corps Marathon by offering a variety of MCM merchandise designed to help the runners who’ve participated in “The People’s Marathon” show their pride and sense of accomplishment.

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