Marine Corps Marathon
In its long history, the MCM has not only made a name for itself in sheer size as the 4th largest US Marathon and 8th in the world, but stands as the largest marathon in the world that doesn’t offer prize money, earning its nickname, "The People's Marathon."
Thirty-four years of MCM history can all be traced back to one man Colonel Jim Fowler, and big idea. According to Fowler, "After the Vietnam War, popularity of the military services declined in the eyes of many. At the same time, distance running was gaining considerable positive attention."
This thought process lead Fowler to write a memo to his superior, General Michael Ryan, dated 17 October 1975, outlining his idea for a Marine Corps Reserve Marathon, to promote community goodwill, showcase the Marine Corps, serve as a recruiting tool and finally, to give local Marines an opportunity to qualify for the legendary Boston Marathon.