Stephen England of New York rejoices at the finish line after completing the 36th Marine Corps Marathon in 2011. (Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post)

The Marine Corps Marathon sold all 30,000 of its available spots in 2 hours 41 minutes, marking what organizers said was the fastest sellout in the history of U.S. marathon events.

Registration for the Oct. 28 race in Arlington and Washington opened at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, and 15,948 runners paid the $92 registration fee online in the first hour.

Bob Fehrenbach, a resident of Cincinnati who has never run in the Marine Corps Marathon before, was the first.

“I never guessed I would be the first person to make it through, but I have had this on my calendar and I wanted to give myself the best possible chance of registering at 3 p.m.,” said Fehrenbach. “I have always wanted to run the MCM.”

Though general registration is sold out, spots in the event are still available through the race’s charity partners. A list of organizations is available at

This year’s event will be the 37th running of the annual race.

— From staff reports