Race to register for the Marine Corps Marathon 2011

Registration for the fifth largest marathon in America — the Marine Corps Marathon (MCM) — starts today, so if you want to be one of the 30,000 runners pounding the tarmac on October 30th, make sure to register now.

“Registration for the MCM traditionally sells out quickly, so runners should not hesitate to secure a spot in ‘The People’s Marathon,'” says MCM Director Rick Nealis. Last year  it only took six day before all the places were filled!

The MCM is a 26.2 mile marathon that begins in Arlington, between the Pentagon and Arlington National Cemetary, and finishes at the Marine Corps War Memorial in Rossyln. It is known as “The People’s Marathon” because it is open to all runners aged 14 and above and it doesn’t offer any prize money.

In 2010 the men’s winner was Jacob Bradosky, a Second Lieutenant in the Air Force who finished with a time of 2:32:30. Janet Cherobon, a registered nurse, was the women’s winner, with a time of 2:42:38.

Marathons are gruelling events  for serious runners and require both physical endurance and mental strength. Rigorous training is a must, not to mention a healthy diet.  ecorazzi spoke with Ironman triathlete Brendan Brazier, who believes that a well put together vegan diet makes for a better athlete and says that all the top level athlettes he knows eat a primarily plant-based diet.

“I’ve been vegan since I was 15, and I got into it just because I wanted to be a better athlete, I didn’t care what I ate,” the Canadian native said. “At the time I would have eaten anything if I thought it would have made me a better athlete. And I just tried different ways of eating…That’s what  brought me to it, it was really selfish reasons.”

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To register, go to marinemarathon.com.

You might even find yourself running side by side a celebrity. Did you know that Oprah Winfrey, who also recently went vegan, took part in the Marine Corps Marathon in 1994?! Other celenrities who have slogged out various marathons in the past include Katie Holmes, Sean Combs, Will Ferrell, George W. Bush and Sarah Palin.

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