Stay in Alexandria for the Marine Corps Marathon

Planning to visit the Washington, DC area for the Marine Corps Marathon, Historic Half or the MCM 10k?  This year, Alexandria is your ideal home base for the race.

Alexandria is centrally located near the MCM Expo, packet pickup and the start and finish lines.  Just minutes away from Washington, DC by metrorail and the National Harbor by water taxi, Old Town Alexandria's rich history, unbeatable dining and diverse shopping options guarantee to delight all.  Regardless of if you're running in the Marine Corps Marathon or supporting a loved one, Alexandria is the perfect place to stay or visit.

Marine Corps Marathon Shuttle from Alexandria

Visit Alexandria will provide courtesy shuttle service for Marine Corps Marathon runners who are staying at Alexandria hotels on the morning of Sunday, October 30.  Express shuttles will be provided every 15 minutes from 5:15 am – 6:45 am, leaving King Street Metro station, and dropping runners off at the official runner drop-off area on Army Navy Drive in Arlington. First preference on the shuttles will be given to runners staying at Alexandria hotels, showing either a room key or a guest receipt.  Other runners and spectators will be accommodated on a space available basis. Starting at 7:00 am, the Metro will operate its normal Sunday schedule.

In response to the Metrorail's yearlong Safe Track rebuilding program, Marine Corps Marathon organizers have previously announced some race-day changes. The marathon will start as originally scheduled with the wheelchair racers at 7:40 and runners at 7:55 a.m. But all runners have a full hour — until 8:55 a.m. — to begin the 26.2-mile course. The extended start window is intended to accommodate runners who experience transportation delays the morning of the race.


Metrorail to the Race Take Metro from Alexandria to the start line or to other points in DC to watch the race. Take a ride ›
Water Taxi to National Harbor Take a scenic 20-minute water taxi ride from the Alexandria marina to the National Harbor. All Aboard ›
Top 8 Places to Carb Load Before the Big Race Find the top 8 restaurants for carb loading before the big race, with tips from local experts. Learn more ›
RunningBrooke Info The local RunningBrooke team is participating to support at-risk Alexandria youth. Learn More ›
Top 5 Places to Run in Alexandria Alexandria offers both scenic and urban running routes that will be sure to get you motivated. Learn More ›
Things to Do Countless attractions and specialty tours await in Old Town Alexandria. Have Fun ›
Alexandria Restaurants Restaurants in Old Town Alexandria offer unforgettable meals in a beautifully historic and walkable setting. Bon App├ętit ›
Pacers Running Store Come in to the Alexandria running haven for a personalized assessment of your running footwear and gear needs. Get Your Gear ›
Getting Here Alexandria's close proximity to three major airports, four Metrorail stations, Amtrak and major highways makes it easy to get here and easy to get… Learn More ›
Hotels Just steps away from popular restaurants, historic sites and stylish boutiques. Rest Well ›