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If you are signing up for the 2023 Marine Corps Marathon,
you are on the right page.

For those who have signed up in previous years,
please note that signups are no longer done via mcmham.org,
but rather through Ham Community and Ham Volunteers.

Also, don't forget to sign up on the MCM Official Volunteering page here:


Let's get started...

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On average, the entire registration process has been taking ten to fifteen minutes to complete.

Note: You can complete this process on your phone or tablet but we highly recommend that you do it on your laptop or desktop.

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STEP ONE: Register on Ham Community (HC members skip this step).

Note: You will only do this once, ever.

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STEP TWO: Join Ham Volunteers. This will allow you to volunteer for the Marine Corps Marathon and other volunteering opportunities.

Note: You do this only once, ever.

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STEP THREE: Apply for an assignment for MCM 2023.

This is the only thing you will have to do next year!


If you have any problems signing up, reach out, we are here to help.


Additional links

In addition to the links above, the following links may prove useful:



  • MCM Registration screenshots - these illustrate the instructions above



    MCM HAM Volunteer HC group badge-256w.gifAs a volunteer amateur radio operator volunteering for the Marine Corps Marathon, your role revolves around providing critical communication services. Your mission: to maintain a reliable network of communication that ensures the safety and welfare of everyone involved in the event - runners, spectators, and your fellow volunteers.

    Being a volunteer radio operator at a marathon of this scale demands a combination of technical skills, ability to perform under pressure, and reliable communication capabilities.

    The following list highlights what is expected of a volunteer ham operator, and what the operator can expect in return.

    1. Technical Proficiency: Your main task as a radio operator is to establish and sustain clear communication channels throughout the event. To accomplish this, you need a proper understanding of radio operations, including:
      • Familiarity with your equipment including its battery power requirements
      • The ability to program your radio with designated frequencies including the tones needed to connect to a repeater
      • The capacity to resolve minor technical issues on the go
    2. Excellent Communication: The role necessitates effective communication with various stakeholders, such as net control, other operators, possibly race officials, emergency services, and sometimes even participants. Clarity and conciseness in delivering information is crucial, especially in situations that require swift response and action.
    3. Focus: Your role is that of a radio operator, not an EMT, not a race official, you are here to relay messages, even if you are qualified to do more.
    4. Gear: Not all volunteers need the same equipment; this mostly depends on the specific assignment. This said, the most common tool that all should possess is a VHF (ideally VHF/UHF) HT, with ≥5W transmit power and sufficient battery/batteries to last a full day (±12 hours).
    5. Emergency Preparedness Knowledge: If an emergency arises, you will be a vital link in relaying crucial information to the appropriate parties. Keeping a calm demeanor, staying focused, and efficiently managing your communication lines are key.
    6. Teamwork: Working seamlessly with a larger team of radio operators is an essential aspect of your role. Your collective efforts ensure that the communication network functions smoothly across the marathon route.
    7. Professionalism: Despite being a volunteer, you are expected to uphold a high level of professionalism. This includes punctuality, adherence to the event's rules and guidelines, proper attire, and treating everyone with respect. Also, if you are assigned a yellow safety vest, you will be expected to treat it with respect and return it, as instructed, at the end of the race.
    8. Willingness to Train: You will likely need to attend one training session before the marathon. This session will arm you with knowledge about the event's specific procedures and communication protocols.
    9. Stamina and Nutrition: You will be arriving early, standing for a while, walking, and feeding yourself. This requires a modicum of stamina and ensuring you have the necessary food and drink for the entire deployment. Note that there are some spots with toilet facilities nearby, other postings may require a slightly longer walk.
    10. Enjoyment of the Event: Amid your responsibilities, remember to soak in the atmosphere! Marathons are a testament to human resilience and community spirit, and being part of the support system that makes it happen is a truly rewarding experience.

    In summary, as a volunteer amateur radio operator at the Marine Corps Marathon, in addition to serving the United States Marine Corps, you are playing a pivotal role in creating a safe and enjoyable environment for everyone involved. Your knowledge, skills, dedication, and professionalism are key to the success of this prestigious event.


    • What time are we expected to begin on race day?

      Though times vary slightly depending on one's assignment, operators should expect to be able to arrive – location will be given individually – by 0400 on race day.

    • Will there be training?

      Every year, the leadership organizes an 'all hands' meeting during which the key points are presented. Furthermore, there is a detailed manual listing the minutiae of volunteering for the Marine Corps Marathon. Finally, leadership is readily available for those who feel the need for additional information and/or guidance.

    • How long does race day last for amateur radio operators?

      Depending on one's assignment, the range of time spans from a minimum of six hours, to a likely maximum of twelve. In general, operators arrive at the course by 0400 and their stations are secured starting at 1000 for those stations nearest to the start of the race, up to 1600 for the last operators working at the Race Operations Center and Net Control.

    • Why did we move MCM amateur radio registration to Ham Community?

      While the previous website was excellently managed by a dedicated team of volunteers, the leadership felt that Ham Community and Ham Volunteers would offer a more robust long-term platform for both managing the event and facilitating communication both to the volunteers and among them.

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