MCM list of weekend events

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MCM list of weekend events

The upcoming 37th annual Marine Corps Marathon features much more than a race. Through the weekend of October 25-28, there are many events open to the public and perfect for kids and their families in town for the weekend. 

Here is a list of the events:

Thursday, Oct. 25

Health & Fitness Expo presented by GE

DC Armory

2001 E. Capitol Street SE

Washington, D.C.

Open to the public:

Thursday, Oct. 25 - 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. (Opening ceremony at 3:30 p.m.)

Friday, Oct. 26 - 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 27 - 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

More than 100,000 will visit the Health & Fitness Expo presented by GE over three days at the DC Armory. Expo visitors will enjoy more than 200 exhibitors and interactive displays with free massages, food sampling, entertainment and access to running industry experts. MCM and MCM10K participants will pick up race-day materials and participant shirts at the Expo. Free parking is available in lot #3 outside the Expo or via the orange/blue Metro lines to the Stadium/Armory station.

Friday, Oct. 26

MCM Press Brief

National Press Club

439 14th Street NW

Washington, D.C.

12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. (Media only)

The MCM will host the press briefing for media featuring film actor, comedian and U.S. Marine Rob Riggle. Contact Tami Faram, MCM public relations coordinator for information about the press briefing at tami.faram@usmc.mil or 703-432-1840.

First Timers Pep Rally

Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill

400 New Jersey Ave. NW

Washington, D.C.

7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Long recognized as the best beginner marathon, the MCM will celebrate more than 11,000 first-time participants at the First Timers Pep Rally at the Hyatt. The event is open to 1,000 first time marathoners who have pre-purchased tickets. A panel of experts will be available to answer questions, while the beginner marathoners are treated to live entertainment, giveaways and the commemorative first timer's pin.

Saturday, Oct. 27


MCM Runners bRUNch

National Mall to Marine Corps War Memorial

Smithsonian Metro

9 a.m. to Noon

New this year, 200 runners who have pre-registered for the Runners bRUNch will get a preview of the MCM finish while enjoying a 5K training run and catered meal at the MCM VIP tent. The

3.1 mile bRUNch begins on the National Mall at 9 a.m. and finishes at the Marine Corps War Memorial - the site of the iconic MCM finish. While feasting adjacent to the finish line, participants will receive event-day tips and talk strategy with Bart Yasso, Chief Running Officer for "Runners World" magazine. Participants will also receive a commemorative MCM coin from Warrior Chip.

Healthy Kids Fun Run

Pentagon North parking lot

Arlington, VA

9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

An expanded field of 3,600 runners between the ages 5 to 12 will run one-mile at the Healthy Kids Fun Run the day before the MCM. Individual kids and entire school groups will run in six waves in the North Pentagon parking lot and enjoy Camp Miles, the free outdoor festival that includes interactive games, activities and entertainment for the entire family.

MCM Runners Conference

Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill

1 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.

MCM runners have pre-registered for two 60-minute sessions at the Runners Conference that includes 2012 marathon Olympian Shalane Flanagan and running industry experts to share insights and anecdotes while providing running advice to MCM participants. The Runners Conference includes the "Introduction to the MCM" and the "First Timers" session. Chas Henry will moderate the MCM Runners Conference panels and facilitate Q&A. Henry served in the Marine Corps and is a combat-decorated veteran of the 1991 Gulf War. He is a broadcaster at Washington, D.C.'s radio station, All News 99.1 WNEW.

Carbo Dining In

Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill

400 New Jersey Ave.

NW Washington, D.C.

6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

In the spirit of traditional military dinners called the "Dining-In," the MCM is hosting the annual pasta event for 900 runners, their families and friends. The Allied Forces Foundation Pipes and Drums and USO-style group, "United We Sing" will perform with Featured speaker is Amby Burfoot, Editor-at-Large of "Runners World" magazine.  

Sunday, Oct. 28


Wheelchair/Hand Cycle Start

Route 110, Arlington, VA

Between Arlington National Cemetery and the Pentagon

7:40 a.m. start

2012 Marathon Olympian Shalane Flanagan will fire the starting pistol for more than 140 wheelchair and hand cycle participants who begin at 7:40 a.m., just prior to the MCM. Many of the participants are war-wounded service members injured in Iraq and Afghanistan.

MCM10K

12th Street and Madison Drive, on the National Mall

Washington, D.C.

7:55 a.m. start

The MCM10K includes a new start time of 7:55 a.m. and a new start location at 12th and Madison between the National Museum of American History and the Natural History Museum on the National Mall. Laura Lane, president of Global Public Affairs for UPS, will start and run the MCM10K with 10,000 fellow runners ages 10 and up. The 6.2 mile run will cross over the Potomac via the 14th Street bridge and run throughout Crystal City and on the North side of the Pentagon to the finish at the Marine Corps War Memorial.

MCM Start

Route 110, Arlington, VA

Between Arlington National Cemetery and the Pentagon

7:20 a.m. starting ceremonies

7:55 a.m. official start

Rob Riggle, actor, comedian and U.S. Marine Reservist will start the 37th MCM that will include a flyover of Marine aviators and two MV-22B Ospreys. The Star-Spangled Banner will be performed by vocalists of "United We Sing," and the sonic boom of the 105mm Howitzer will sound the start as runners are launched on their 26.2 mile journey through Arlington, VA and the nation's capital.

MCM Finish Festival

Rosslyn, VA

8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

After receiving their finisher's medal from a U.S. Marine, MCM and MCM10K participants will proceed to the Finish Festival in Rosslyn. Spectators can "check their runner" at the HP booth while runners receive free massages, and can purchase finisher items at the Brooks Finisher Store. Runners will meet their biggest supporters at Family Link-Up and can enjoy refreshment at the Michelob Ultra beer garden and Rosslyn's Restaurant Row. The Marine Corps Base Quantico Party Band and the Mike Corrado Band will perform live on the Arlington Stage. Runners can claim their baggage at the fleet of UPS trucks parked on Wilson Blvd. between Lynn and Kent Streets.  

More about the MCM Weekend of Events is available on the website at www.marinemarathon.com. For media information or interviews, contact Tami Faram, Marine Corps Marathon Public Relations Coordinator at 703-432-1840 or tami.faram@usmc.mil.

Voted the best marathon for families, the Marine Corps Marathon honors the dedication, sportsmanship and patriotism of its participants. The 37th MCM on Sunday, Oct. 28 is sponsored by Boeing, Brooks, Nissan, Aetna, Arlington, VA and GE. No federal or Marine Corps endorsement is implied.

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He could very well still become one of the game's best pitchers, but the Nats' rookie remains a work in progress and his fastball is currently nowhere near as fast as it once was. On Sunday against the Colorado Rockies, Giolito sat consistently around 93 miles per hour. That's not bad at all, but it's a far cry from the prodigious speed he used to have.

We've heard manager Dusty Baker offer his theories and so far he's downplayed it as not being a concern. On Sunday, we heard for the first time from Giolito himself on the subject, as well as from his opponents.

Here is what Giolito had to say:

"I can pitch at 93 if I’m hitting my spots and mixing up well. I think I left way too many fastballs up over the middle of the plate. Those are the ones that got hit pretty hard. So, the velocity I don’t think is a huge deal as long as I’m pitching the way I should be pitching."

Rockies star third baseman Nolan Arenado, who homered and landed an RBI single off Giolito, offered his take on the velocity dip.

"The reports you read about him say he throws about 95, 97. Those are the reports we saw and on video. It wasn't that," he said. "It doesn't matter. His length, the ball kind of gets on you, has a little jump to it. He's so tall, so big. It's not a comfortable at-bat," Arenado said.

Rockies manager Walt Weiss said that despite the results and the velocity, he can see why there was so much hype around Giolito.

“The future is bright, for sure,” Weiss said. “Big kid, big time arm. He showed a really good breaking ball and threw some good changeups to go with a power fastball. I have heard a lot about him, going back to when he was in high school, and for good reason."

Giolito remains a big part of the Nats' future plans, but at this point in his career he is a raw talent. He's still building confidence with his changeup and working on the command of his curveball. And now he's trying to learn how to pitch with a fastball that's not as lethal as it once was.

That's a tough situation for a young pitcher who doesn't have the experience a veteran would have to draw from.

"I’ve been pitching a lot better [at Triple-A] and figuring some stuff out. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to execute on a few pitches today," Giolito said after Sunday's 5-3 loss. "The only thing I can do is continue to work and try to get better about living down the zone, getting ahead of guys, and then throwing all my pitches for strikes and putting guys away."

Giolito still showed promise on Sunday with a career-high five innings pitched. But the swing-and-miss stuff that he's shown over the years as a prospect has yet to follow him to the majors.

"We haven't seen it yet at the major league level," Baker said. "His fastball is relatively straight, so you've gotta locate it well. Hopefully it will get better."

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