Marine Corps Marathon: What you need to know this weekend

The Marine Corps Marathon is this Sunday, and as many as 30,000 runners are expected to wind through the District and Northern Virginia for the 26.2-mile road race.


Thousands of runners take off at the start of the 2011 Marine Corps Marathon. (Jonathan Newton/THE WASHINGTON POST)

Weather:

Weather predictions for Sunday are looking pretty uncertain. Hurricane Sandy, the “Frankenstorm” heading our way, isn’t expected to seriously impact the region until late Sunday, but there’s a chance that rain will arrive by Sunday morning, dampening the MCM. Stay with Capital Weather Gang for the latest weather updates.

Transportation:

Metro will open early for runners on Sunday. The race begins at 7:55 a.m. and Metro officials say the system will open at 5 a.m., two hours earlier than usual. There will also be additional Blue Line trains pre- and post-race.

Where to watch and what else to do:

The Going Out Gurus have a round-up of Sunday’s best spectator spots and other race-related activities this weekend.

More on marathons:

Hit the road: Three marathon experts share advice on tackling the big race.

How green are our two legs? Is the lung-busting challenge of a marathon any more eco-friendly than biking or driving the same 26.2 miles?


View Photo Gallery: You’re likely seeing an influx of Marines in the Washington area in town for the Marine Corps Marathon this Sunday. Here are photos of Marines in action — and an explanation of the exclamation, “Oorah!’’

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