|All photos courtesy of Paul Oberle|
The Marine Corps Marathon sold out today in record time, 2 hours and 27 minutes, but the speed was not celebrated. Problems with the registration system prevented thousands from signing up before the race was actually sold out. Soon after registration closed, this official statement was shared on Facebook:
“Marine Corps Marathon registration opened today at noon following a month of comprehensive planning and testing with registration partner ACTIVE Network. Recognizing the challenges another large marathon dealt with during their registration, the MCM supervised a substantial effort by ACTIVE Network to best ensure runner satisfaction. While the event sold out in record time, many runners experienced the frustration of error messages, slow-loading webpages and connection drops. The MCM celebrates the enthusiasm of the running community for “The People’s Marathon” but cannot enjoy the success of this quick registration sell out. This online experience is inconsistent with the organizational excellence that has become the hallmark of the Marine Corps Marathon. Everything regarding the MCM registration process will be reexamined for future years.”
Hope For The Warriors® invites those that did not get a coveted bib to join Team Hope For The Warriors®. With a fundraising goal of only $575, join the race that honors service members by raising money for wounded service members and military families.
We can’t guarantee that you will set a new PR or BQ. We can’t guarantee the weather. But we can guarantee that you will be inspired.