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Posted: October 5, 2012  :

Athletics: Marine Corps Marathon Opens Social Media Tracking Services MCM Runners Can Be Followed on Facebook, Twitter and through Mobile Devices

QUANTICO, VA (Oct. 4, 2012) - Marine Corps Marathon (MCM) participants and supporters can take advantage of enhanced technologies providing immediate updates on a runner's progress as well as valuable course navigation information for the 37th MCM on Sunday, Oct. 28. The MCM Track a Runner and the new Runner Broadcast Service are open for registration at The services are free and sponsored by MCM partner Nissan. For spectators, the new MCM Locator, a web-based application, provides distances to specific on-course sites, Metro wait times and pace-time based information.

Track a Runner enables relatives, friends and supporters ability to follow a runner every 10K along the course with real time updates delivered via email or text message. Additionally, the MCM is introducing the Runner Broadcast Service enabling runners to announce their race-day progress on a personal Facebook page or via Twitter at each 10K mark and at the finish.

"Pushing the split times out through new technologies enables relatives and friends who cannot attend the MCM in person the vicarious thrill of sharing in a runner's race-day accomplishments," says Rick Nealis, MCM Director.

For MCM spectators and volunteers running around on event day, the MCM Locator offers GPS-enabled directions to and approximate distances from mile markers, water points and food stations. Additionally, spectators can determine a runner's approximate time of arrival at a particular location with the new pace time function.

Returning in 2012 is Map Track, the popular service hosted on the MCM website. A visual tool, Map Track moves a runner-shaped icon along the MCM course map according to individual pace. This may be used to compare multiple runners times or contrast an individual runner against the lead participants.

The Marine Corps Marathon honors the dedication, sportsmanship and patriotism of its participants. Runners from all walks of life participate in the largest marathon not to offer prize money, earning the name "The People's Marathon."

The 37th MCM sponsored by Arlington County, Boeing, Brooks, GE, Geico and Nissan will be held on October 28, 2012 in Arlington, VA. No federal or Marine Corps endorsement is implied.

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