MCM preview part II: Miles 14-26.2


MCM preview part II: Miles 14-26.2

Continued from MCM preview: Miles 1-13

Boom! By this point you're half way to the Finish Festival! Pick up Mile 14 on your way out of Hains Point and get ready for some big crowds and beautiful views of the National Mall.

You'll catch a glimpse of the Jefferson Memorial as you round the Tidal Basin and pass the Mile 15 marker. From here you'll make your way to the National Mall: a five-mile stretch of great fans and great views. Your trip down Independence Avenue includes the Lincoln Memorial after Mile 16 and the Washington Monument just beyond Mile 17.  Just a half mile later you'll enter the MCM Gauntlet at 14th Street and Madison Drive --the first of two time requirements. Marathoners must reach this point by 12:20 p.m. lest they be diverted to an unofficial course.

As you make your way through the Gauntlet you'll pass some of the nation's premier museums, the U.S. Capitol building and the Smithsonian Castle while moving through perhaps the longest stretch of spectators along the race course. Turning back down Jefferson Drive look out for plenty of photographers stationed along the course and even lying in the street to catch the perfect shot of you with the Capitol backdrop. You'll also find the third food station, Jelly Belly Sport Beans, between Miles 18 and 19.

When you exit the Gauntlet and take a left onto 14th Street towards the bridge of the same name, you'll pass the second time requirement at Mile 20: Beat the Bridge. In order to complete the race you need to reach this point by 1:05 p.m., which means maintaining at least a 14 minute/mile pace.  You're so close.  Remember that.  Because the next two miles are going to be lonely as you cross the bridge back into Virginia and make your way down the exit ramps to Crystal City.

You'll be 22 miles in when you reach Crystal City, which features a new 1.5 mile loop this year.  Some of the most colorful and enthusiastic fans line Crystal Drive as they cheer you on before your final push to the finish. To make your home stretch a little sweeter Dunkin Donuts will be set up at Mile 24.  Munchkins of the pumpkin, jelly-filled, chocolate, cinnamon and glazed varieties will be available for runners, inspiring jealously in all spectators nearby.

In your final two miles you'll pass the Pentagon and the MCM Start and continue on as the roar of the Finish Line crowd grows louder in your charge toward the Iwo Jima and U.S. Marine Corps War Memorials. Be prepared for one last hill between the 26th mile and the finish line --the MCM course designer seems to have a cruel sense of humor.

Congratulations: you've just finished the 37th Marine Corps Marathon!  Grab your medal and enjoy the Finish Festival!

Be sure to check back here after the race to see yourself cross the Finish Line.

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John Wall responds to NBA GMs survey: 'That's just more motivation'

John Wall responds to NBA GMs survey: 'That's just more motivation'

Most rankings put out by online outlets are simply material for page clicks and fodder for debate among fans. Few carry the weight of a survery of league general managers.

But even the opinions of those who construct rosters can't necessarily be taken as gospel. This year's NBA GM survey put out by included some things Wizards point guard John Wall just doesn't agree with.

Wall wasn't even listed among the best four point guards in the league. While he was ranked as the second-fastest player with the ball, he was nowhere to be found among the best passers. Not even under the honorable mentions of the 'also received votes' category.

That last one irked Wall more than any. He spoke on the subject after the Wizards' win over the Raptors in their preseason finale on Friday night.

"I see it every day on my Twitter. It's funny. I enjoy it. A guy that finished in the top two of assists last year can't pass? I guess so," he said.

Wall, who has averaged 10 assists per game in each of the last two seasons, says he is no stranger to being overlooked. 

"I've been an All-Star and have done this and that in my career. I think I'm doing a pretty good job of something," he said.

"Everything anybody has to say about John Wall, it's never in the top of five category of anything. That's just more motivation for me. They have their opinion. I know what I do. My teammates believe in me. They trust me and see everything I do and all the hard work I put in. One day they will respect me."

[RELATED: NBA GMs pick Wizards for playoffs, but overlook John Wall]

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McClellan, House, Ochefu make Wizards' final 15 after cuts

McClellan, House, Ochefu make Wizards' final 15 after cuts

Rookies Daniel Ochefu, Sheldon McClellan and Danuel House didn't play much to end the preseason for the Wizards, but all three free agents made the cut as the roster now stands at the league maximum of 15, league sources tell

The Wizards finished the preseason 4-3 after Friday's 119-82 rout of the Toronto Raptors. Ochefu played only six minutes and House and McClellan didn't touch the court.

All three have non-guaranteed deals, meaning the Wizards have the flexibility to waive them at any time without penalty before the second week of January when their deals become fully guaranteed.

Casper Ware, Johnny O'Bryant and Jarell Eddie, who appeared to have an inside track because he played here last season, had a $175,000 guarantee and shined in Las Vegas summer leauge play, were waived. 

Ochefu, McClellan and House all received partial guarantees to attend training camp.