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Marine Corps 17.75K

I ran the Marine Corps 17.75K yesterday morning. Registration was on February 17th and sold out in FIFTEEN minutes!!! I made sure I was at my computer 15 minutes before registration began.

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The distance reflects the year the Marine Corps was established. I have never run this particular distance before (17.75k = 11.03 miles). The race starts and finishes outside Montclair Tabernacle Church in Dumfries, Virginia. There isn’t any parking at the start/finish line, but there are free shuttles that will take you there and back from three different parking lots.

Only 3,000 runners can participate in 17.75K, so there weren’t any corrals. I was across the start line in about 7 minutes.

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The race course winds through the woods in Prince William Forest Park. There weren’t many spectators throughout the park, but scenery was very pretty!

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The first 4 miles and the last 2 miles of the course were on gravel terrain. Running on the gravel was definitely more difficult.

The course was very hilly and very challenging. The worst hill was between miles 4 and 5.

The coolest thing about this race, is that all finishers earn access to the Marine Corps Marathon. When you cross the finish line, you get a medal and an access code to register for the MCM without the lottery!

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The access code is only good through Tuesday at noon, so I went ahead and registered myself for the 42nd Marine Corps Marathon today! October 22nd can’t come soon enough 🙂

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