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Overall Rating (24 Reviews)
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Come and be a part of history! The Air Force Marathon is an annual endurance event held the third Saturday of September at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio. First held in 1997 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Air Force, the Air Force Marathon … MORE
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    TheWittyKnit FIRST-TIMER '18

    This was the first marathon I ever did, and the race organizers did a good job with communication and organization of the event--packet pick-up was easy, with ample parking, and … MORE

    This was the first marathon I ever did, and the race organizers did a good job with communication and organization of the event–packet pick-up was easy, with ample parking, and tons of booths and vendors. Race morning was a little chaotic, as getting onto a US Air Force base and parking comes with some unique challenges (it was quite a hike from the parking area to the starting line, especially on aching legs at the end of a marathon).

    The course itself was mostly flat, which was great. However, this race started a little later than I would have expected, and the course got very hot very quickly. There were many stretches of the course without any shade cover, which became brutal towards mile markers 16-20. I have NEVER seen so many people doubled over on the sidelines, or stopping at the medical tents. Mid-September is too early for a course with minimal shade cover in a race that doesn’t start until 8 AM (when most runners are used to starting their long runs far earlier to beat the heat).

    The race had a TON of local support and cheering galleries, which helped keep me moving. I probably won’t do this race again due to the hot conditions at that time of the year, but if you’re a faster runner, you might be able to finish before the heat of the day gets too bad.

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    flyboy53 REPEAT RUNNER '19

    This race is a special endurance event unlike other military marathons. It is run entirely on a military base and for that reason a lot of the mundane factors run … MORE

    This race is a special endurance event unlike other military marathons. It is run entirely on a military base and for that reason a lot of the mundane factors run flawlessly. The scenery is historic and informative about the Air Force. It also means that each participant and spectator is invited to experience the Air Force from the perspective of being there. There were static aircraft at different points, lots of military hardware on display on the last mile, and a fly-over of the theme aircraft, a KC-46.

    This was the 23rd annual running of the Air Force Marathon, an event with five different races — a 1K Tailwind Challenge for the very young, a 5K, 10K, half, full — and two challenges involving combinations of the four major races.

    The 13,500 participants come from all 50 states and 10 foreign countries — many of them repeating the race like myself. There is also a very select group of STARs runners, about 30 men and women, who have run the marathon from the very start.

    This year, running with the marathon and half marathon participants were the Air Force Chief of Staff and the commander of the Air Force Material Command. Also joining the participants were airmen from across the globe who were running as teams for the prized trophy of the Air Force Major Command Challenge.

    The pre-race dinner and breakfast gave participants and spectators the opportunity of rubbing shoulders with two Olympians: Bob Schul, the Olympic gold medalist, Air Force veteran and Wright State University Coach; and Grace Norman, the Paralympic Gold Medalist and Cedarville University nursing student. The breakfast was at the host Holiday Inn. The dinner was in the Presidential Hangar of the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. Both venues and the food were tops!

    I didn’t attend the Post Race Party where the next logo was unveiled.

    In addition to unique shirts, all participants earn a distinctive medal that is event based. True to the Air Force, each participant is also awarded a “mission” patch unique to each marathon. Then there are additional bling, hats, and other awards based on race finish and challenge.

    The volunteer ratio of the Air Force Marathon is almost one for every 10 runners — from signup to expo and race day. That means that bib packet pickup is easily accomplished and the route woven in such a way that one gets to visit the many vendors at the expo. It also means that there was no shortage of individuals willing to assist with issues or cheer on the participants either en route, at the hydration stations, first aid stations, at the start gate or the finish line.

    Participants were treated to free bus transportation to and from the Wright State Nutter Center, which meant that the coordinators were endeavoring to make as pleasant an experience as possible. Otherwise, event parking was what one would have expected attending an airshow.

    There also was a huge post-race tent offering free refreshments, fruit and other food items and space blankets for the finishers.

    This was my second AF Marathon 10K. For me, as an Air Force Retiree, this event offered many déjà vu moments. I wear my comfortable AF PTU gear, sometimes with a torch flashlight radio, and I am once again doing PT early in the morning, taking in the sunrise amid the bustle of an active military base. The difference is a paved course instead of a cinder track and thousands of other runners. I even managed to catch up to another Air Force Retiree and cancer survivor who, like me, saw this race as his own demonstration of personal wellness.

    The 10K launched in darkness amid the thunder of fireworks and motivational music. This was done to allow the other races to finish before the heat index turned critical. It rained at one point and the first hill presented a formidable obstacle — just like you would expect of any Air Force training. Yet, the last two miles were through the taxiways and hardstands that I once walked as an young airman — aircraft et all.

    The Air Force Marathon has become a family destination event as my wife and six-year-old granddaughter joined me this year with the 5K. I then returned the next morning to do the 10K, shaving about six minutes from my personal time. I’m proudest of my granddaughter and her participation. It was her second 5K.

    Next year, however, I intend to wear reflective gear and personal battery light for safety.

    I also suggest that people register early to take advantage of discounts. Hotel reservations should also be made early because this weekend is also Parents Weekend at nearby University of Dayton.

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    flyboy53 FIRST-TIMER '19

    A very family friendly endurance on the campus of Wright State University, one of the Air Force Marathon partners. 2,212 runners/walkers of all ages and sizes navigated the campus on … MORE

    A very family friendly endurance on the campus of Wright State University, one of the Air Force Marathon partners. 2,212 runners/walkers of all ages and sizes navigated the campus on a mostly flat course.

    Entertainment was the Wright State Jazz Band and hydration stations were appropriate for the size of the race. I was both amazed and pleased at the number of very young who competed and the number of Wright State University students who cheered on the participants.

    Although this was my first Air Force Marathon 5K, it was the second Air Force Marathon. This year, my wife and six-year-old granddaughter participated in the 5K. We are proudest of our granddaughter. It was her second 5K.

    I returned the next morning for my second AF Marathon 10K and shaved six minutes off my previous time.

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    kasemanb1 FIRST-TIMER '19

    Expo: Due to my schedule, I was only able to pick up my race packet at the Nutter Center shortly before the 5k and Tailwind Trot race (not a participant) … MORE

    Expo: Due to my schedule, I was only able to pick up my race packet at the Nutter Center shortly before the 5k and Tailwind Trot race (not a participant) started. Traffic was backed up and I left the expo two minutes before they were going to close the roads for the race. Recommend not waiting until Friday evening to get your packet.
    Saturday Parking: Too many people were trying to enter through the Woodman entrance when there were two other entry points (clearly mentioned on the website). My friends waited an hour in line to get through this entrance. I drove to the Spinning Rd entrance and drove right in. Know the other entrances if you don’t want to wait.
    Weather: It poured rain just beforehand and lightning delayed the race almost an hour. It was a humid 71F and I had overcast through my whole run; the sun finally came out after I crossed the finish line.
    Start Line: Started with the Marathon runners and the corral system went off without a hitch. Corrals were A: Attack, B: Bombers, and C: Cargo. Firework were a cool addition! I didn’t feel it was too cramped out of the start line. It’s a bit full for the first 3 miles until the full and half marathon group split.
    Course: Obviously, part of the race takes place on base which is fun and interesting. There is a hill in the first mile but plenty of energy to pass it. Running through the Blue Mile honors fallen service members and was extremely touching. The half marathon returns to the hills at about mile 8. There was a hill-plateau-hill-plateau and finally the long downhill on Loop Rd. I lost my stamina on the uphills but was at least able to give one last push on the downhill. Then it is a flat mile and you can hear the announcer which gives you hope of finishing. The course map on the website marks gel stations but somehow I had missed these.
    Volunteers: They were amazing! Every station was cheering and calling out my name from the Bib; especially in the hills when I really needed the pep. The course marshals did were very clear on where to go. The event was seamless and those working in the background did a great job!
    Crowd: Obviously, the crowd at the finish line is the greatest and was the most supportive for those finally coming to the end. I have read previous reviews that the course lacks crowd support. Although the course map only marks two crowd zones and maybe its because the course changed from last year, but I saw more than several groups cheering for runners along the way.
    Finish Line: I received my medium size medal that featured the KC-46 Pegasus aircraft. I was surprised with the finisher’s running hat! A volunteer quickly approached me with bottled water. I was given a bag to collect my snacks; water, gatorade, banana, fruit cup, chips, and a bagel. I used my thermal blanket to lay in the grass in shock for 15 minutes. After eating, I collected my free beer from a choice of Miller Lite and Miller High Life.

    Overall, I plan on running the full marathon next year.

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    randy-lohman FIRST-TIMER '19

    This race was my first marathon and I was truthfully unprepared for it. Despite the very rough race I had it was very well organized and I had a lot … MORE

    This race was my first marathon and I was truthfully unprepared for it. Despite the very rough race I had it was very well organized and I had a lot of fun. The expo was very nice and easy to navigate. The next morning traffic was not bad and they easily handled the flow. The only thing is that where you park is like a mile or more away from the start/finish line so it’s quite a hike especially when you just finished 26.2 miles. The race did have a lightning delay of about 45 mins this year but the race officials were very communicative of it. The race started for wave A at about 8:15am instead of 7:30am because of it. The course was very well marked and had a lot of water stations. The course I think was fairly flat (being from an area with lots of rolling hills), with only 2 true hills from what I remember. The support on the course was fairly lacking while on the base because it’s an active military installation but the volunteers at the water stations were probably the most supportive volunteers i have seen at races, Cheering everybody on and some of them calling you by name because it was in big letters on your bib. The only place there were a lot of supporters was in Fairview where it was basically a big party. It was a very hot day and the race was very well prepared for it this year after apparently having some issues last year with the heat. They put out 3 extra water stations in the last few miles and had 2 misting stations along the course. These allowed people to stay hydrated and finish the race even if times were probably much slower than they expected. The shirt was awesome and the medal was pretty cool too, you also got a hat at the finish too. The finish straightaway was surrounded by a few military aircraft and ran underneath the wing of a C-17. The race seemed to go on without a hitch and although it was very hot especially with the race starting 45 mins later than expected the race officials knew exactly what they were doing.

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    lancenull FIRST-TIMER '19

    Despite mother nature's attempts the 2019 edition of the Air Force half marathon went off after a 90 minute rain/lightning delay. The course was a new course, but as a … MORE

    Despite mother nature’s attempts the 2019 edition of the Air Force half marathon went off after a 90 minute rain/lightning delay. The course was a new course, but as a race newbie, I didn’t know the difference. The course has some hills, but they were well spaced out to me. The late race weather was hot and humid, and the race danger was elevated from yellow to red.
    On course support was good, and the hydration stops were well stocked and manned.
    I love the finish under the wing of a C-17.
    Post race food left a lot to be desired. They didn’t even have the usual chocolate milk this year.
    I would like to run this race again.

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    neo_found_fitness REPEAT RUNNER '19

    The volunteers are amazing they make the race to smoothly ! Everyone is super friendly and the atmosphere is great ! This was my second time and the course was … MORE

    The volunteers are amazing they make the race to smoothly ! Everyone is super friendly and the atmosphere is great ! This was my second time and the course was harder than last year but I still finished 12 mins faster than last year so I am very happy !

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    hendrixmelissa FIRST-TIMER '19

    I wasn't exactly looking forward to this race, it has gotten mixed reviews. It was great. I wasn't adequately trained and the hills (who put the big one at mile … MORE

    I wasn’t exactly looking forward to this race, it has gotten mixed reviews. It was great. I wasn’t adequately trained and the hills (who put the big one at mile 10) were horrible. The Air Force did logistics well. Expo, start line, course, and finish line area were all exceptional. There was a blue mile which is always a moving tribute. Post race refreshments and seating were abundant. I will run this one again.

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    cassidymegan3 FIRST-TIMER '19

    I pace a lot of races. I love doing it. It gives me the opportunity to go to new places and help others meet their goals. For someone who grew … MORE

    I pace a lot of races. I love doing it. It gives me the opportunity to go to new places and help others meet their goals. For someone who grew up in Ohio and has “season withdrawal,” this race was perfect. I’ve been training all summer in Central Florida towards an 8’12” pace for my upcoming marathon in Dublin, IE, so when I looked back and saw that I signed up to be the 4:20 pacer, I panicked. (That’s going to be painfully slow.)
    Well, the weather delayed the start of the race by an hour and the temperature was set to hit 88ºF that day. Luckily, we had overcast skies for the first half of the race and there was plenty of shade along the route, too, until about mile 20.
    I usually give a port-a-potty report, so let me get that out of the way: not only did they have the stand-alone plastic stalls, they also had the 6-stall trailers with the lights in the ceiling (the lights weren’t on in the morning, but they had plenty of lavatories and they seemed to be well-stocked both at the start and finish of the race. ) Hand sanitizer was also full.
    Due to the sheer volume of participants and the 10K early start-time, we had to meet our shuttle no later than 5:30 a.m. The 10K started at 6:00 or 6:30 and the full & half started at 7:30 (were supposed to).
    The course was hilly for a girl whose normal elevation change on any given run is 10 ft, but the downhills were great. The streets were well-maintained and marked. (I grew up in Northeastern Ohio and when I ran the football Hall of Fame marathon, there were potholes everywhere and I said “oh yeah! I’m back in Ohio and Snow-plow season just ended.” I figured poor streets were an Ohio thing.)
    The water-stations were heavily-manned and EXTREMELY well-stocked. They handed out cold sponges at 2 points on the route, but I only remember one gel hand-out point.
    I thought that the course was beautiful. The homes on the Air Force Base are nice, old brink houses that I love and almost all of them had an American flag flying. ♥
    I wish that I had more to say about this race. I had so much fun with my fellow pacers and the folks who were running with us that the miles just flew by…until around mile 23 when the hills started again and I lost 2 of my co-pacers and almost all of my “pacees.”
    The marathon finished and started at the Air Force Museum. ~~ (If you are traveling from out-of-town, or if you live nearly and have never been: I suggest that you check it out. It’s free. I tried to do a quick 1-hour walk-through before my shift at the Expo but barely had enough time for one room – so plan a day or 2 to really take it all in.) ~~
    Sorry about that sidebar: the marathon finished at the Air Force Museum on what I can only explain as a runway. Yes – it was hot – but they had misting fans and hoses along the way as soon as you crossed, bottles of water as you approached and after you crossed the finish line, and heat sheets to reflect the sun away from you. I went to the medical tent to get ice but they gave me a squeezable ice packet thing that “ran out” after about 2 minutes. We got a hat and a medal at the finish line and a bag to hold the water, Gatorade, potato chips, bananas, etc. that were handed out at the finish line. As a pacer, my shirt said “Panera Pace Team” and the back said “Follow me to the bagels.” They had regular bagels and some sort of delightful cinnamon/heaven combination bagel, too. Nomnomnom. Thanks for not running out, Panera!
    I don’t usually drink, but I did grab a beer because the bubbles and frosty exterior of the cup looked so refreshing. I rubbed the cup on my forehead to cool down. 😀
    This is not a great review, but I can say this: I would TOTALLY do this one again. I loved it. I think that this had the coolest finish lines because we could seek shade under giant airplanes and fighter jets. (Where else can you do that?) I also thought that the volunteers did a fantastic job: from Expo to Finish Line – they were top-notch.
    Thank your veterans and your volunteers. We can’t do any of this without them.
    Happy Running!

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    digrat FIRST-TIMER '18

    The expo was easy: getting my bib took 30 seconds. The vendors were good and I was able to meander--some races force you to follow a path, but this was … MORE

    The expo was easy: getting my bib took 30 seconds. The vendors were good and I was able to meander–some races force you to follow a path, but this was open.
    The aid stations were well-manned with adequate supplies, and at several stations the volunteers addressed me by name (from my bib) and offered encouragement! The water wasn’t cold, and it was in a gravity-fed system which made it hard for them to fill my bottle. On the positive side, the first aid stations had coolers with ice, so when I figured that out I asked for a few pieces or a small bag of it whenever I could.
    The weather brief was insufficient. We should have been told that when conditions went extreme that we were supposed to walk, but that info was posted to Facebook during the race. Who checks Facebook during a race??
    I was one of the 200 or so who were taken off the course early due to extreme heat. It was disappointing to not be able to finish, but the organizers handled it as professionally and courteously as they could have. I was still able to run through the finish line and receive a medal, and was comped next year’s race fee, so those were both nice. (I don’t think I’d be willing to run it again if it weren’t for those two perks.)

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    4inthefamily FIRST-TIMER '18

    This was a terrible race day for me and many others, but it had nothing to do with the amazing organization and great volunteers. I think the race organizers were … MORE

    This was a terrible race day for me and many others, but it had nothing to do with the amazing organization and great volunteers. I think the race organizers were in a tough spot when the temperature and humidity got out of control and the safety of participants was in question. I was pulled off the course at 21 miles when the race was cancelled, but was bussed to the finish and allowed to complete the race and receive a medal. In addition, I was offered a complimentary registration for next year. I’ll be back as I’d love to experience this race in less extreme conditions.

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    amy.schaumburg FIRST-TIMER '18

    It was super hot/humid this year, so that is definitely a factor when I talk about this race. Having said that, I felt like the race was incredibly well organized … MORE

    It was super hot/humid this year, so that is definitely a factor when I talk about this race. Having said that, I felt like the race was incredibly well organized and the volunteers were AMAZING!!! Each aid station had plenty of everything and everyone was very helpful and encouraging.

    The medal is terrific, the tshirts colorful and the overall atmosphere supportive and fun. No, the course is really nothing special, but it is flat and, if it wasn’t so hot, probably pretty fast. We had a really good front half of the race until the sun came out.

    My dad was a B-52 pilot and is a Vietnam Vet so having him at the race and getting to tour the museum with him and my mom was really, really special. As an air force brat, I was so pleased to get to run in this race. THANK YOU!

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    M_Sohaskey Sep 19, 2018 at 4:07pm

    From one Air Force brat to another, thanks for the thoughtful review Amy! My Dad likewise was a B-52 pilot during Vietnam, so I'm hoping to run this one day… MORE

    From one Air Force brat to another, thanks for the thoughtful review Amy! My Dad likewise was a B-52 pilot during Vietnam, so I'm hoping to run this one day soon as well, shade or no shade (though that's good to know so I can come prepared). I actually received a notification about your review, since I have the Air Force Marathon in my Future Races table. Congrats on conquering a tough marathon, and glad you were able to pay tribute to your Dad's service in your own special way! LESS

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    amy.schaumburg Sep 19, 2018 at 4:11pm

    Oh wow! Please thank your dad for his service and hopefully you'll get out to Ohio to run this one sometime soon. It was a very special weekend as my… MORE

    Oh wow! Please thank your dad for his service and hopefully you'll get out to Ohio to run this one sometime soon. It was a very special weekend as my mom, dad and I went to visit the AF Museum the day before the race and dad (who is a very quiet guy), had quite a bit to say about the airplanes we saw there, and other artifacts. It was amazing. All the best to you and your dad and family, from one brat to another! :-) LESS

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    enigma20 FIRST-TIMER '18

    Not much to look at during the run and hardly any spectators. There were a lot of long stretches with just pavement. Weather was a big factor as well with … MORE

    Not much to look at during the run and hardly any spectators. There were a lot of long stretches with just pavement. Weather was a big factor as well with temps starting in low 70’s with >90% humidity. Someone put an ugly hill around mile 8. There were a decent amount of water stations and a cool, wet sponge near the end which was much needed. Having a serviceman place the medal around my neck was cool and there was some decent treats at the end. Overall, good to support the military, but not one of my favorites.

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    BigCountry160 FIRST-TIMER '18

    This race had so much potential but there were multiple things, some within their control and some outside of their control, that made it not as fun as it could’ve … MORE

    This race had so much potential but there were multiple things, some within their control and some outside of their control, that made it not as fun as it could’ve been. First and foremost: the damn heat. The half starts at 8:30AM so the sun is up and in full force when you start. I was on track to PR by over 20 minutes for the first 6 Miles, but the 85 degree weather plus 75% humidity combined with the zero shade on the course knocked me out (not literally, though there were LOTS of people medically pulled from the course), and with hydration stations only every mile and a half it was hard to stay fueled. The shirt is a tech shirt but is the ugliest shade of blue, and the 5K and full marathon shirts are also ugly as sin, only the 10K looks nice. The medal is amazing though. I understand the race takes place partially on an active military base so you can’t just let anyone and their brother in for security purposes, but the lack of crowd support really stunk also, I wouldn’t imagine it would be super difficult to arrange areas outside of the base where folks could be. Crowd support for 6 Miles is better than no crowd support at all.

    The expo was run very well and, while there weren’t an exorbitant about of sponsors and booths there, there was enough to keep me interested and get some good stuff as well as the information I needed. Packet pick up was simple and quick. The food at the finish line was amazing, full bottles of water and Gatorade, bananas, chips, and donut holes from Panera, and getting your medal put on you by active Airmen (mostly officers but there were some senior NCOs as well) when you cross the finish line was very nice.

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    Donnie FIRST-TIMER '14

    My first Marathon. Being an Air Force Veteran this was a great place to start my marathon running. I am reviewing this run three years after so maybe some things … MORE

    My first Marathon. Being an Air Force Veteran this was a great place to start my marathon running. I am reviewing this run three years after so maybe some things have changed, one being what I want from an event after having run several.
    So this was my first full marathon as well as my first destination run.
    The expo was great. Free parking. The expo was just the right size and seemed to have great vendors packet pickup was easy You got your bib and shirt. There were many vendors passing out freebies.
    Race morning. We were among the first to arrive so we stayed in the vehicle for a while before making what seemed a mile walk to the start line. They had security and everyone was being screened so plan some extra time. Start/finish area was nice. Lots of facilities available abd a few vendors. The run starts and finished at the US Air Force Museum. The course was good. A few hills that I remember or they seemed like hills to this first timer. The water stops were awesome. They had a competition for the best stop so they were energetic. The best area was in town in the Fairborn Fly Zone. The streets are lined up with people and bands. Most of the course there are not many but a lot of it is on the base. But when there were people cheering there were a lot.
    I had a hard time because like most first timers I ran too fast in the first half so I struggled after mile 20. Great finish with aircraft lined up on both sides of the course.
    Awesome medal. Post race food there was some pizza and the standard bananas, water. I like this event and plan to run it one more time before I am done running fulls.

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    M_Sohaskey Jan 26, 2018 at 12:36pm

    Thanks Donnie, this is great! My Dad served in the Air Force as well, so this race is on my radar. Appreciate your insights!

    Thanks Donnie, this is great! My Dad served in the Air Force as well, so this race is on my radar. Appreciate your insights!

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    Kiltrunner REPEAT RUNNER '17

    This was my 8th running of the Air Force half marathon. They've worked through many of the logistical issues that have been encountered in the past for a smooth running … MORE

    This was my 8th running of the Air Force half marathon. They’ve worked through many of the logistical issues that have been encountered in the past for a smooth running race. People think of this course as flat, which it is compared to other courses, but don’t think that means it’s easy. IMO, the most difficult portion of this course is as you leave the base housing and the golf course and head off base. The crown of the road causes you to run on an angle to the left and then switches to an angle to the right as you run over the overpass. These heavy grades cause issues in my hips and continue to slow me down. My PR is 1:49 and that was the Flying Pig. The closest I’ve come to that at the AF is 1:52. Add this race to your list because the flyover and getting your medal from a service member (I got mine from a full bird Colonel this year and a two star General another year) is well worth it.

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    leongw4 FIRST-TIMER '17

    The Half started at 830am and the sun was already scorching hot one hour into the race. Would be nice if the Half has started earlier. Overall, the volunteers along … MORE

    The Half started at 830am and the sun was already scorching hot one hour into the race. Would be nice if the Half has started earlier.
    Overall, the volunteers along the route were great, providing encouragement and drink stations were equally space out.
    The finishing line is awesome and an experience that should not be missed.

    DIFFICULTY
    4
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    4
    SWAG
    4

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    jkrach2 FIRST-TIMER '16

    This was my first time running the full marathon had run the 5 an 10k races an the half the year before the race an expo are very well organized … MORE

    This was my first time running the full marathon had run the 5 an 10k races an the half the year before the race an expo are very well organized an the volunteers are awesome love the themed water stops people are great an very helpful just wish my time was a little better but when your feet get sore I slow down but all in all a great time

    DIFFICULTY
    3
    PRODUCTION
    4
    SCENERY
    3
    SWAG
    4

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    jujubike1 REPEAT RUNNER '16

    Very well run and organized race! Most of the race is on AFB property but there are many energetic volunteers. I really like the military presence. I love saying "thank … MORE

    Very well run and organized race! Most of the race is on AFB property but there are many energetic volunteers. I really like the military presence. I love saying “thank you” to all of Air Force personnel along the course. The medals are first class! Nice sized expo. Be prepared to walk a little from the parking areas and arrive in plenty of time as there are only a few security checkpoint entrances open race morning.

    DIFFICULTY
    3
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    3
    SWAG
    5

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    shutterpt FIRST-TIMER '16

    I enjoyed this race, seeing the servicemen and women along the route. Since it runs through the base, there is not much support as in other races. The expo is … MORE

    I enjoyed this race, seeing the servicemen and women along the route. Since it runs through the base, there is not much support as in other races. The expo is pretty nice.

    DIFFICULTY
    4
    PRODUCTION
    4
    SCENERY
    3
    SWAG
    4

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