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3 Questions With a Marine Corps Marathon Runner

Kaela Cote-Stemmermann
Kaela Cote-Stemmermann
Posted on October 28, 2022   |   Updated on June 18
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Several roads in D.C. and Arlington are shutting down on Sunday for the city’s biggest running race – the Marine Corps Marathon. Runner enthusiast and Health and Wellness Reporter at the Washington Post Kelyn Soong shares the deets.

In the world of serious races, where does the Marine Corps marathon fit in?

"It's not one of the six major marathons, but there is still a high demand for it. There is a lottery, so not everyone who wants to run it can. Unlike Boston or New York City, which gives out massive cash prizes, the Marine Corps marathon has none. So, it typically doesn't attract as much of an elite field. But you still get a lot of people from across the country."

For non-runners, where can we go to watch the marathon this weekend?

"The Watergate Steps are great. They’re right across from a Lincoln Memorial, and you're able to get a really cool view of the runners. Around the Tidal Basin is also a good spot to see people. Personally from running it, I know when you're in Crystal City around mile 23, that's like the worst. So it’s nice to get support there."

What are some of D.C.’s best known races, besides the Marine Corps?

"Another big one is the Cherry Blossom 10-mile Run in the spring. You also have the Army 10-miler, which just happened. Finally, there's a new race called the D.C. Half and the Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon."

To learn Kelyn’s favorite spots to run in D.C (and tips for new runners), click below! 

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