Online registration opened for the Marine Corps Marathon Yesterday at 3pm.
Marking the fastest sellout in the history of US marathon events, all available online entries were gone in just 2 hours, 41 minutes, bettering the previous registration record of 8 hours for the 2011 Boston Marathon.
15,948 runners secured their spots in the first hour.
“For many months, runners around the world have been focused on today’s registration thanks to tremendous word-of-mouth and the opportunity to share this experience with the Marines,” says Rick Nealis, MCM Director. “The MCM staff and U.S. Marine Corps sincerely thank each of the 30,000 participants for such an enthusiastic start to this year’s event.”
A veteran of 23 marathons, Bob Fehrenbach of Cincinnati, Ohio was the very first runner to register for the MCM. “I never guessed I would be the first person to make it through, but I have had this [MCM] on my calendar and I wanted to give myself the best possible chance of registering at 3 p.m.,” says Fehrenbach, who will be participating in his first MCM. “I have always wanted to run the MCM. I have heard so many great things about it.”
The 37th MCM will be held on Sunday, Oct. 28 in Arlington, VA and the nation’s capital. For runners still interested in participating in the 2012 MCM, registration is available through MCM Charity Affilites & Partners