Your 2016 Spectator’s Guide to the Marine Corps Marathon: Parking, Maps and More

The 2016 Marine Corps Marathon is this Sunday, October 30! Runners from all 50 states and more than 50 countries will run this year’s race, also known as The People’s Marathon.

If you’re heading out to cheer on the runners, our advice is to get there early. If you know someone running, you can usually see them more than once, as long as you have your spectating strategy figured out ahead of time.

Check out our spectator’s guide for the top things you need to know, including your best bets for Marine Corps Marathon parking!


Marine Corps Marathon Course Map

Check out the course map in advance and keep it handy on race day.


Schedule of Events

7:40am: MCM Wheelchair and Hand Cycle Start

7:55am: MCM Start with with the color guard, national anthem, special guests and international flags from all nations represented in the field

8am – 3pm: MCM Finish Festival in downtown Rosslyn

You can find more information on the entire weekend schedule here.


Top 4 Locations to See the Runners:

  • Location #1: Kick off the day by watching the opening ceremonies at the MCM Start Line on Route 110 in Arlington, Virginia.


  • Location #2: After the start, cross the Arlington Memorial Bridge to the Lincoln Memorial in DC to catch runners at mile 8 and mile 14.


  • Location #3: To see runners at miles 16 and 17, head east on Independence Avenue, past the Washington Monument to the National Mall.


  • Location #4: You can’t miss the runners as they approach the finish line. Head over to the Marine Corps War Memorial and the MCM Finish Line. Then reunite with runners in the family link-up area at the Finish Festival in Rosslyn.


Marine Corps Marathon Parking:

Planning to drive on race day? Reserve parking now before spots sell out. Here are your best bets for parking near the National Mall and the Finish Festival:

Southwest of the Mall (location #3 above):

1318 D Street SW (Garage): $10 for 11 hours from 9am-8pm

400 14th Street SW (Surface Lot) – $15 for 9 hours between 8am-5pm

1330 Maryland Ave SW (Mandarin Oriental Valet)  – $30 for 12 hours between 5am-2am


North of the Mall:

901 E Street NW – $15 for 16 hours between 7am-11pm


Finish Festival:

1482 N Adams – $6 for 14 hours between 10am-midnight

1500 Wilson Blvd (Atlantic) – $5 for any 12 hours from Fri 2pm and Mon 8am

1325 Wilson Blvd – $8 for 11 hours between 7am-6pm


Street Closures

Click here for a full list of road closures during the race.


For more information, check out the official MCM site here.


Good luck to all the runners!