Overall Rating
Overall Rating (5 Reviews)
4.4
(5 Ratings)(5 Reviews)
DIFFICULTY
3.8
SCENERY
4.6
PRODUCTION
4.6
SWAG
4.4
2021 EVENT VIRTUAL ONLY. *** The Marine Corps 17.75K is a uniquely Marine event. The distance reflects the year the Corps was established. The setting is Prince William Forest Park with finishers emerging from the among the trees emulating the Marines at the Battle of Belleau Wood. The men and … MORE
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    Wow MCM killed it on letting us run our own race. Such an awesome way to motivated the masses. I was able to take the "coarse" elevation chart and find … MORE

    Wow MCM killed it on letting us run our own race. Such an awesome way to motivated the masses. I was able to take the “coarse” elevation chart and find a similar location near home and had a race day even with shelter in place in acted.

    DIFFICULTY
    3
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    5

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    neon8919 FIRST-TIMER '19

    People run this race just for the Access Granted after you finish. For those of you who don't know what that means: people hover at their computers and speed to … MORE

    People run this race just for the Access Granted after you finish. For those of you who don’t know what that means: people hover at their computers and speed to register for this race because once you’ve successfully finished this 17.75k (~11 mile) race you get guaranteed entrance into the Marine Corp Marathon (yay for skipping the lottery).

    The course is a lollipop course that loops through the state park just outside of Quantico. It was pretty, and chilly, I mean it’s a March race so not a big surprise on the chill. But it was much hillier than I expected, also the MidAtlantic states had been uncharacteristically wet so the parts of the course that were not on a paved surface were muddy as f&#$.

    They had water stops manned by Marines, which was nice. And there were cute signs along the course, but it was pretty quiet when it came to crowd support. (Keep that in mind if you are someone who needs crowd support.)

    No food on the course, but the food after was good (popcorn!! = game changer).
    Even though it was a limited entry race so it was smaller than pretty much all the other races I have ever done, there were A LOT of bottleneck areas. Especially in the beginning, on the hills, with the mud.

    Though I did overhear another runner mention that they could tell who was just a road runner versus people who have trained on trails. Mud doesn’t bug me, I also was one of the ones who has trained on trails.

    DIFFICULTY
    4
    PRODUCTION
    4
    SCENERY
    4
    SWAG
    3

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    Hubby and I had to get up early the morning of the Marine Corps 17.75K race, before sunrise, before the hot breakfast was available at our hotel. The U.S. Marines … MORE

    Hubby and I had to get up early the morning of the Marine Corps 17.75K race, before sunrise, before the hot breakfast was available at our hotel. The U.S. Marines are master event planners; when they tell you to be at a shuttle location before 6:00 a.m., you get to a shuttle location before 6:00 a.m.

    3,300 runners registered to run this race. Registration opens on February 20 at noon for the March 23 race and sells out in a matter of hours. It may seem surprising that thousands of runners wait by their computers to sign up to race this unusual distance, run entirely in Prince William Forest Park in Triangle, Virginia, but (1.) the race is sponsored by the Marine Corps and (2.) finishing the race in under three hours gives you guaranteed access to register for the Marine Corps Marathon in October. (You can read about my registration saga here.) Typically, you must take your chances in a lottery in order to run this very popular marathon.

    At exactly 7:00:00, as the sun was just peeking over the horizon, the starting horn sounded and we were off.

    After running for a very short time on a highway, we quickly transitioned to a narrow dirt and gravel park road. The road, rutted and full of potholes that had filled up with rain from the previous day, gave the race almost a trail race-like feel for the first four miles, which I liked. The gravel road had some pretty good rolling hills, some of them steep, but none very long.

    To read the full race report, please go here:
    https://meditationsinmotion.wordpress.com/2019/03/28/marine-corps-17-75k-race-report/

    DIFFICULTY
    3
    PRODUCTION
    5
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    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    5
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    pkroon FIRST-TIMER '17

    Registration for this race sold out in minutes--less than 15, if I remember correctly. I chose to do it because it would grant me guaranteed access into the Marine Corps … MORE

    Registration for this race sold out in minutes–less than 15, if I remember correctly. I chose to do it because it would grant me guaranteed access into the Marine Corps Marathon later on in the year. I knew others who elected to try their luck in the lottery (some made it, others had to sign up with a charity to get in). This was the safe approach–plus I get to do another race with the Marines! The race takes place in a hilly forest, partly on trails and partly on a road going through the park. I wasn’t expecting as much elevation change as there was, but it was a great experience. Military family members can reserve a hotel room on the Marine Corps Base Quantico which is just ten minutes drive away.

    DIFFICULTY
    5
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    4
    SWAG
    5

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    nstewart FIRST-TIMER '17

    This course goes through the Prince William Forest, switching between gravel and paved surfaces with lots of hills. The scenery is beautiful, as you get to experience sunrise within the … MORE

    This course goes through the Prince William Forest, switching between gravel and paved surfaces with lots of hills. The scenery is beautiful, as you get to experience sunrise within the forest. It’s amazing running with 2000 people with no noise except the sounds of breathing and feet hitting the ground. If you need a crowd to distract you, you won’t find it here (until the very end). But, if you enjoy running with natural beauty all around you, this is the course for you.

    DIFFICULTY
    4
    PRODUCTION
    4
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    4

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