Thousands of runners are in the Washington, D.C., area this weekend for the 34th Marine Corps Marathon.

The race gets under way Sunday with the wheelchair / hand cycle start at 7:50 a.m. near Arlington National Cemetery, with the main event to begin at 8:00.

This year's 10K has been moved from Arlington to the National Mall, and will begin at 8:05 a.m.

At Friday's press conference, speakers included longtime race director Rick Nealis and the race's official starter, talk-show host and Marine Corps veteran Montel Williams. Hear what they had to say here:

Montel Williams

Rick Nealis will feature coverage of the race on Sunday.

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