Marine Corps Marathon lottery opens to runners

Marine Corps Marathon lottery opens to runners
The lottery for the annual Marine Corps Marathon is now open.

QUANTICO, Va. (AP) - The Marine Corps Marathon lottery has opened to runners who want to participate in the 44th annual race.

The lottery-based registration system is used to allow the maximum number of runners an opportunity to obtain an entry because the volume of interest exceeds the field capacity.

Known as “The People’s Marathon,” it is one of the largest marathons in the U.S.

Beginning at noon Wednesday, registration slots opened at Runners have one week to enter their names in the lottery.

Registration slots will close at noon on March 26. On March 27, all registered runners will be notified of their status through email.

This year’s marathon is scheduled for Oct. 27 in Arlington and Washington, D.C.

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