Marine Marathon signup angers those shut out

Runners participate in the 37th Marine Corps Marathon in Arlington, Va., in 2012. This year’s race sold out in a record two hours and 27 minutes. (Cpl. Chelsea Flowers/Marine Corps)

Signing up for a goal race or first marathon is always stressful. We’ve all been there, anxiously hunched over our computers, mashing the refresh button until race registration opens. Then once it opens, furiously typing in personal information, punching in your credit card number and hoping the whole thing sticks.

Sometimes  — like during yesterday’s Marine Corps Marathon registration — the act of registering is tougher and more stressful than running the race.

Update: Wounded troops will benefit from Marine Corps Marathon’s registration snafu

Lots of people were shut out of MCM registration because of technical issues. The sites crashed minutes after noon, leaving many would-be runners without a chance to register. Others tried for hours before finally completing the process.

We talked with race directer Rick Nealis yesterday about what went wrong, and what he hopes to change for 2014. The full story is on the Marine Corps Times website.

Here’s an excerpt:

The toughest part about this year’s Marine Corps Marathon in Washington, D.C., won’t be running the 26.2 miles — it’s getting entered into the race at all.

All 30,000 bibs for the Oct. 27 marathon were claimed Wednesday afternoon just two hours and 27 minutes after registration opened, race officials said. Both Marinemarathon.com and Active.com — the event’s registration host — crashed shortly after noon Eastern, when thousands of would-be entrants tried to log on and register.

Many of those who were shut out then took to social media sites to voice their dissatisfaction.

“Signing up for the #MarineCorpsMarathon is more stressful and than actually running the #MCM,” ‏@BenFreemanDC tweeted Wednesday afternoon.

On the marathon’s official Facebook page, hundreds of runners complained about encountering trouble registering. “This was a race before the race” wrote one individual. “Glad I got in but man that was tough. Do we get a medal for finishing the registration process?”

Read the rest of the story over on Marine Corps Times.

Sara Davidson

Sara Davidson is an ultrarunner and contributor to PT365. She's run 7 marathons and 32 ultramarathons -- including her first 100-miler. This fall she is training for the Marine Corps Marathon using our PT365 Run Plan. Reach her at sdavidson@gannett.com .

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about 2 years ago

Time to switch to the lottery process. I feel for those who don't have a job at which they can sit at a computer, hitting refresh for 2 hours ...


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