Frequently Asked Questions

How is my $177 deposit used?

Your non-refundable deposit of $177 is used to hold your spot and covers the Marine Corps Marathon registration fee and processing fee once your fundraising requirement is met.

Does my $177 deposit count towards my fundraising goal of $390?

Your deposit is independent of your fundraising goal. The $177 deposit secures your place on our team and covers the Marine Corps Marathon registration fee, while the fundraising minimum of $390 is in support of Finish for Kids and our efforts across the globe.

How can someone make a donation to support my run?

Donations can be made using your personal fundraising page. The link will be provided to you after you have registered with Finish for Kids. Donations can also be made by check to Finish for Kids at 940 Leonardville Road, Leonardo, NJ 07737.

Where does my fundraising go?

Your hard work fundraising goes directly toward charity projects and programs across the globe for both the Foundation for International Medical Relief of Children and The Carefree Foundation.

What are important dates to remember?

  • July 10 :  Fundraising deadline
  • August 17 : Last day to use your code for MCM official registration
  • August 15 to September 27 :  MCM Deferment Program dates
  • July 12 to September 14 : MCM Transfer Program dates
  • Late September/Early October :  MCM sends out e-cards with bib numbers
  • October 28 :  Tie up those laces! It's RACE DAY!!

It is important to adhere to these deadlines as there are no exceptions and we don’t want you to lose your spot after your hard work fundraising and training. It may be a good idea to load these dates in your calendar and set reminders. Please keep in touch with us along the way to let us know how you’re doing.

What happens if I don’t meet my fundraising goal by July 10th?

If you do not raise the full $390 by July 10th, the credit card on file will be charged and we will send you your unique reservation code for official registration. You will then be able to exercise the option of deferring to next year or transferring to another runner.

What happens when I meet my fundraising goal?

As soon as you reach your goal, email us at marathon@finishforkids.org to let us know! We will then send you your unique reservation code that you will use to officially register with MCM. This is your final step!

How do I know that my registration went through when I sign up online?

Registered runners will receive a confirmation by email directly from MCM after completing and submitting the online registration form. We also highly recommend confirming you are in by visiting Confirm You're In. You do not show up on the confirmation page of the Marine Corps Marathon runners page until you have used your unique code to register. 

When will I receive my bib number/electronic confirmation card (e-card)?

Bib numbers will be listed on the e-card and delivered via email directly from MCM to all registered participants in late September/early October.

Can a bib be transferred to another runner?

Yes, the MCM offers a Transfer Program. You must first meet your fundraising requirement and officially register to be eligible. Visit the transfer page of this website for additional details. Their program runs from ?July 12 to September 14?.

Can runners defer an entry to the following year?

Yes, the MCM offers a Deferment Program. You must meet your fundraising requirement and officially register to be eligible. Please refer to the deferment webpage for details. A limited number of deferments will be available. The program runs from August 15 to September 27. When capacity for this program is reached, it will be closed. There will not be notification of program status. Runners can only defer an MCM registration to the following year. Subsequent deferments are not allowed.

How do I get the t-shirt I ordered?

T-shirts will be mailed to your home mid-September. Be on the lookout!

How do I join the Finish for Kids Facebook group?

We will send you invitation to our closed group to the email address you used when you registered. Here you will have access to our running coach who will provide a training program and support to prepare for the big day! This is also a great place to connect with other runners!

Where can I find a hotel?

Go to marinemarathon.com/events/marathon/travel which lists hotel partners for MCM weekend. We highly recommend making travel arrangements sooner rather than later because they book fast!

I have a friend who wants to run. Do you have any spots?

We have a limited number of spots so have them register immediately! They can also reach out to us as soon as possible to marathon@finishforkids.org. We also maintain a waitlist once our spots are filled. You never know!