For Your Health

Air Force Marathon - September 17th

Chad W. Lutz
One of the premier road racing events in Ohio, Dayton’s Air Force Marathon features 26.2 miles of high-flying fun. The marathon course takes runners through the Wright Patterson Air Force Base and surrounding areas. Participants wind around the base, past a golf course, and Wright State University along a mostly flat and fast course. The event also features fighter jet fly-bys, post-race refreshments, and commemorative medals for every finishing participant.

A Boston Marathon qualifier, the Air Force Marathon held on September 17th, 2011, features a flat and fast half marathon course as well as a 10k event and a 5k event. All participants are urged to sign up as soon as possible as the marathon and half marathon are already sold out. The weekend kicks off with the marathon expo at Wright State University’s Nutter Center on Thursday, September 15, 2011 at 11:00am. The expo continues Friday morning (September 16), followed by the 5k event at 6:30pm. Saturday morning (September 17) kicks off the big races, including the marathon, half marathon, and 10k. Racing begins at 7:25am with the marathon and 10k. The half marathon follows at 8:30am.

Along the course runners enjoy water, aid, and gel stations. Port-o-Lets provide mid-race relief from surprise calls of nature. Spectator areas also line the course. The two main spectator vantage points are at the start and finish line and at Wright State University. Runners are encouraged to arrive as early as possible to avoid missing their event.

The 15th Annual Air Force Marathon welcomes participants of all abilities to join in on the festivities. If you can’t make the festivities this year, be sure to sign up for next year’s Air Force Marathon well in advance. Registration for the full marathon is $75 before June 1, with a special offer of $70 if you sign up New Year’s Day. Half marathon registration is $60 before June 1.