Marine Corps Marathon--On My List

By: Trey Brush

What is on your list?

  • New York
  • Chicago
  • Boston
  • DC

That is my list.  What list you might ask?  As a marathon runner I have had a list of races that I have wanted to run for years.  Hurricane Sandy prevented me from scratching the first one of the list.  I hope 5 years from now, I have crossed out every one of those and maybe even created a new list.  Each one of those is on that list for a reason. Chicago took place just a few weeks ago and seeing the city, running through around 28-29 neighborhoods and taking part of an event of 50,000 runners has always been a race I want to run. I have watched New York for years and wanted to experience that city and the five boroughs on my feet.  Boston is Boston and we can talk about that later. The final one for me is the Marine Corps Marathon in Washington DC. Better yet, "The People’s Marathon."

The Marine Corps Marathon in DC is known also by the title of The People’s Marathon.  It is the largest marathon where no money is on the line. Just 30,000 marathoner’s who are just there to compete and run.

A big part of the reason I have always wanted to run this race is because of the course.  The course might change a little bit each year, but it keeps the same general idea and that is a great view of a historic city.  You finish in the Arlington National Cemetery and right in front of the Marine Corps War Memorial.  I have this belief that the best way to experience a community is on your feet.  I have always wanted to have a running tour of Washington DC.  What better way to do it than the Marine Corps Marathon?

This is a growing event that I would expect to continue to grow. I hope it grows because I want to get in soon. This tends to be a trend in the marathon industry and I don’t know whether it is good news or bad news. The big marathon events keep getting bigger and some of the smaller ones seem to struggle some.

30,000 marathoner’s had the opportunity to experience the Marine Corps Marathon this past weekend and pay honor to a group of leaders in the Marine Corps who give so much to us all.  I would imagine the “I quit” ration in this race should be a lot lower than any other!  The men’s winner is from the US Army, Samuel Kosgei, won with a time of 2:22:11 and for the women, Meghan Curran took the title in 2:51:46.

An honorable mention, probably my favorite runner Michael Wardian was the first place master and 4th overall. He was probably the only one at the top who has already run probably 3-4 marathons in October with each one probably in the 2 hour and 20-30 minutes range.  The guy is a beast!

Congratulations to the Marine Marathon finishers!  I hope to join you as a finisher of this race soon.

So what is on your list?  Do you have a marathon list?  A places you want to run list?  A places you want to experience or vacation list? Let us know in the comments below or tweet us @connectrunclub

Trey is a runner and coach with a desire to help create change in others.  He lost 80 pounds on his journey from a watcher in life to a doer.  His passion for running and creating change led him from the couch to marathons and ultramarathons.  He is a husband and the father of 2 boys living in Jefferson GA.  You can follow Trey on twitter @RunOnPurpose