Air Force Marathon & Half Marathon
Dayton, OH USA
September 20, 2014

Air Force Marathon - Race Information

The United States Air Force Marathon has been held every year since 1997 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio where the National Museum of the US Air Force will be the start and finish line of the marathon. The marathon is held on the Saturday that is closest to the birth date of the United States Air Force which is September 18. In 2012, it will be held on September 15th.

The events include a Full Marathon, Half Marathon, a 10K and a 5K race. The Full Marathon is 26.2 miles and the Half Marathon is 13.1 miles. There is also a wheelchair race and a relay. There is free admission to the Air Force Marathon Sports and Fitness Expo that will host over 60 exhibitions about fitness, nutrition and sports.

Participants from around the world register for the events, and 73 per cent are civilians. There will be 15,000 participants across all events in 2012. The course is certified by the USA Track and Field Association and is a qualifier for the Boston Marathon. All the events are walker friendly. Walkers should start at the back and finish the course within the time limits. Everyone who crosses the finish line within the stipulated time frame will receive a medal from Air Force senior leaders. The time limits are seven hours for the Full Marathon, six hours for the Half Marathon and four hours for the 10K marathon.

There are over 300 uniquely designed awards for overall and age category winners. Military winners will be based on gun time, and age category winners are based on chip time. Awards are given for Overall Male and overall female first place, overall military male and female first place, men's and women's hand crank first place and men's and women's wheelchair first place. All of these awards are determined by gun time.

Every year, one aircraft is highlighted to commemorate the Air Force's history of flight. This aircraft is pictured on the finisher's medal which is unique every year. In 2012, the B-2 Spirit was featured. The B-2 Spirit is a huge leap in technology for a multi-role bomber. It is capable of bring massive firepower, quickly anywhere in the world through defenses that were previously impenetrable.

The race course has hydration stations with energy gels as well as medical stations. The nine medical stations will have primarily volunteer medical personnel who are prepared to administer first aid at each station and the finish line. There are more than 2,000 volunteers needed for the event. Volunteers unwrap medals, man hydration stations and clean up after the race. Volunteers can be individuals or groups of 10 or more from one organization. They can choose their positions and time slots.

After the awards presentations there is an after party at The Greene, a gathering place for families with shops, restaurants and live entertainment. There is cold beer and snacks with live music into the night. Many of the shops give discounts to runners and there is a photo booth to capture memories of the day.