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Overall Rating (43 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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    LoganWoodruff00 FIRST-TIMER '23

    Such a neat race and experience! I loved the helicopter fly-over, the purpose, the course, and running under the plane wings to finish. What a memory. Highly recommend! MORE

    Such a neat race and experience! I loved the helicopter fly-over, the purpose, the course, and running under the plane wings to finish. What a memory. Highly recommend!

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    feria-arias.1 REPEAT RUNNER '23

    I am going to copy paste what happened to everyone in pacer groups 6:15 to 7:00 hr on race day from a friend's account to illustrate why you should never … MORE

    I am going to copy paste what happened to everyone in pacer groups 6:15 to 7:00 hr on race day from a friend’s account to illustrate why you should never do this race ever again:
    “When we got near the gate at mile 14, we were told we were the last group. Anyone behind us would be picked up. That immediately ignited a war of words when the pacers told the bus driver that there was still another pace group behind us. We kept going. The Air Force Security folks had already shut the first gate. We were told that if we weren’t back in the gate at 11:30 we would be swept. It turns out every pace group from the 5:00 hour group back was told that. So every pacer was stressed. We remined Air Force Security that we were the official pace groups but it didn’t have an effect. We ran mile 14 and 15 and 16 through Fairborn. Its a cute little town. Lots of Halloween decorations. As we were on our way back toward the gate (near mile 15.5,) the “struggle bus” pulled up. They started telling people to get on the bus and they were being swept. I was a bit behind the pace group and heard what was going on. I started running to catch up to them. The worst feeling in the world is yelling to the pacers, “We got burned.” and they all knew what I meant. I kept running a bit further to the gate on an off chance that our luck would change. That didn’t happen. The gate was locked and the day was over. (almost). There would be no marathon completion. After about 15 minutes of a lot of words being said and pacers trying to get a hold of the race director with no result, we were all loaded on the bus to be taken back to the Air Force Museum. And then this happened. When we got there, a member of the race logistics team came onto the bus and said that the race director felt really badly about what happened. We were being dropped at the 25 mile point to get a chance to run in the last mile and still have that experience instead of a true DNF. They took our numbers to make sure we reflected as half marathoners later in the timing system. Our pace group got back together. We ran the last mile in and crossed the line together. They tried to give us the full marathon medals. We all took the half marathon medals on principal The biggest takeaway with this race is, if you are not a true 6 hour marathoner, reconsider this race.

    I am also just going to copy paste the email that I sent the RD regarding what happened to us and my personal experience:

    (dated 9/19/23)

    Good afternoon,

    as of this email, I heard there was an email sent to ppl who were picked up on the bus during saturday’s race: Where is this email as I was not cc’d on it? I read thanks to one of the pacer what was said and basically that’s the biggest issue with what occurred. The website/emails had multiple conflicting info especially for people like myself who specifically signed up for the full fly fight win challenge.

    Also, we were promised finish times when we gave our bibs and got off the bus to be given the “full race experience” as the person was quoted verbatim saying. Yet as of today, we are nowhere on the results page. I signed up for the 3 races (coast guard, air force and space force) and without an official finish time because of your miscommunication now I won’t get a challenge medal for doing all 3 races?

    Also, I signed up for the challenge specifically because YOUR AMBASSADOR at the columbus expo last year october 2022 specifically said that as long as you finish the 10k in 72 mins or so you will start the full. Yet, the website also says and the reminder emails confirmed that your starting line remains open until 7:55am. I stressed about this and trained specifically to be able to do 72 or so mins which I did. I verified with everyone at the information desk at your expo that yes as long as I remained within the 72 mins and then went into the full I would be allowed the full 7h time limit as long as I maintained with the pacers. My 7h pacer was actually ahead of schedule when we weren’t allowed out the gate to go to the fly zone. Why would I even sign up for your challenge if this is based on gun time the whole time? I would’ve had to finish mile 16 in 3:30mins per your gun time rule after running a 10k just to make it thru both gates. THAT SENTENCE is nowhere on your website nor did your information ppl or ambassadors know.

    Now, an email went out today that I didn’t receive (bib 7538); my time is nowhere on the results for the marathon and I also noticed that most of the photos taken that I saw there yesterday have also been pulled yet I paid $70 for all of them. Your “email” to the ppl on the bus and pacers stated you are allowing us a free entry for next year’s race. Well, unfortunately, I am on a cruise during that time frame because it falls on my bday. Your race usually does fall on my bday and on Mexican Independence day and as a proud Mexican citizen and american citizen I have done your race before and never has this sort of nonsense happened. And to make matters worse, this was my 262nd time running 26.2 miles or more. At least I got the medals and had to endure running addiitonal miles around WSU just to justify to myself that I did 26.2 miles. I am emailing you because unless this is property remedied – you lost another runner that loved your race. & while suing the USAF and your race for punitive damages and attorney fees and costs seems pointless….making it my mission to NOT recommend your race as a local Ohioan and runner will go along way in making sure this doesn’t happen again and more and more awareness is given to the shady underhanded tactics your race pulls.

    sincerely,

    Alex Feria bib #7538

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    jguerin77 FIRST-TIMER '23

    This was my first time at the Air Force event. I had to downgrade to the 10K at the last minute due to health issues. The weather could not have … MORE

    This was my first time at the Air Force event. I had to downgrade to the 10K at the last minute due to health issues.
    The weather could not have been more perfect! 51 degress at the start… They sent us off with some fireworks, and the first two miles or so were all uphill. We saw a gorgeous sunrise as a plane was flying over. Paratroopers appeared in the sky along the course as well.
    The finish line set up getting to run under the plane wings was awesome! Very patriotic event, of course.
    The shirts and the medals weren’t the greatest, but I really enjoyed the support along the route and the entire race production. Going back next year to knock out that half!

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    Trirunner FIRST-TIMER '23

    As an experienced but 'over-the-hill' marathoner I found this uniquely awesome event, and a 'must do' race for any Air Force or aviation buff. Nice expo at Nutter Center. Event … MORE

    As an experienced but ‘over-the-hill’ marathoner I found this uniquely awesome event, and a ‘must do’ race for any Air Force or aviation buff. Nice expo at Nutter Center. Event has great app for race details, including a (functional!) participant tracker for family/friends to follow during the race. Well organized with solid support on course. Good seasonal weather this year (for a Midwest late Summer marathon). Plenty of parking but long waits to drive in (30-45+min) & parking is 1+mi from Start thru wet grass (plan accordingly). Baggage check was smooth (using clear bags provided- no backpacks or personal bags for obvious security reasons). Plenty of portalets. Pre-race ceremonies were phenomenal with aircraft flyovers, parachutists, and fireworks (free ear plugs offered). Course flat EXCEPT big hills mile 1 & 21 (pain on tired legs) and couple rollers mi 23-4. Crowded 1st 3mi until half/full courses split, then plenty of room to run. Course passes along interesting aviation history sites, a bit of forest (early on), AF flight lines, and through a very supportive town (Fairborn). Spectators enthusiastic but spotty outside Start/Finish area & the town (“Fairborn Fly Zone” miles 14-16). Enthusiastic folks at aid stations added energy. Blue Mile was touching tribute to service members lost (forgot all about my leg cramps). Great finishing stretch down old flight line, past historic AF planes, and under wing of a huge transport jet. After crossing the line active duty AF officers put on your medal then volunteers provided lots of fluids & snacks. Post-race party on-site this year was great. AF had 4 helicopters (this year’s featured aircraft) with their flight crews on site for folks to see & hear about.

    Air Force Museum is a must see while in town, and nice attraction for friends/family to visit while you are running, or the day pre or post race.

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    radumasmk REPEAT RUNNER '23

    Absolutely perfect conditions for this year’s event, and as usual the Air Force nailed it. Extremely well organized, from bib pickup at the Nutter Center to the improved post-race festival … MORE

    Absolutely perfect conditions for this year’s event, and as usual the Air Force nailed it. Extremely well organized, from bib pickup at the Nutter Center to the improved post-race festival held this year at the finish line right after the race and not at some off base venue later in the afternoon. The corrals we also new (not hundreds like Disney but a very manageable three) and greatly reduced the congestion at the first few water stops. Opted again for the shuttles going from the Nutter Center in the (early morning). Cautionary note that you’ll be waiting about 2 hours for the Half and Full Marathons to start at 0730, but there are plenty of chairs available under the main pavilion tent and it’s worth getting through security screening before boarding the bus. A brisk morning near 50 degrees was handed by distributing space blankets. Ample port-a-potties at start/finish.

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    saml FIRST-TIMER '22

    There were some really cool aspects of the course, especially at the end where you descend down a hill overlooking an airstrip and then get to run underneath the wing … MORE

    There were some really cool aspects of the course, especially at the end where you descend down a hill overlooking an airstrip and then get to run underneath the wing of a plane at the finish line.

    Overall it was a well executed event, but the shuttles in the morning were outrageously and unnecessarily early (last one at 5 am), and some of the race was outside of the base on pretty boring highways.

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    pfinc1 FIRST-TIMER '22

    I participated virtually. Everything was very easy to report and the medals were mailed out promptly. Thanks to the race organizers and all the volunteers. MORE

    I participated virtually. Everything was very easy to report and the medals were mailed out promptly. Thanks to the race organizers and all the volunteers.

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    dbierness REPEAT RUNNER '22

    Courses were completely redesigned this year - the half marathoners still don't get bacon, but the hills are less steep. Also, this year the half and full marathoners didn't have … MORE

    Courses were completely redesigned this year – the half marathoners still don’t get bacon, but the hills are less steep. Also, this year the half and full marathoners didn’t have to share a lot of course, so I suspect it was easier for both sides.
    Still a bummer having to catch a 0500 shuttle for a race that begins at 0730 – but, OTOH, this year a couple of food trucks opened up earlier, so hot coffee was available – and by credit card, too!
    Love the Galloway pacing teams, even if I can’t keep up with them post COVID.
    Also love having access to the wear blue section – I felt sorry for the full marathoners, who had to stay on the other side of the road.
    Post race festivities were very good – just need a couple of medics on the far side of the freebie food tent. 😉
    Finally, one minor complaint. This year for the first time, I did the 5k on Friday, so I got to the pasta dinner pretty late (as did several others). We had to wait on faith for more food (there wasn’t a general announcement), and then for the newbies, there was no explanation that one of the pasta options was gluten free. And they were out of rolls 🙁
    Really not fond of getting the same Tshirt for two races. If that’s what’s gonna happen, please give us the option of declining a shirt. Not a huge fan of the medals anymore…they seem kinda laminated/cheap, even though I know they’re not.
    Other than that, I meant it – it gets better every year. I can’t make 2023, but am hoping for 2024.

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    Plenty of hotels within 5-10 miles. Just book early as they will sell out due to runner demand. The expo was fairly big packet pick up was smooth. The parking … MORE

    Plenty of hotels within 5-10 miles. Just book early as they will sell out due to runner demand. The expo was fairly big packet pick up was smooth. The parking lot is huge no issues parking but you may walk a mile just to get there! Note there is no pick up race day. There is also a 5k in the evening Friday sharing the parking lot, get there early or Thursday to avoid this minor crowd.

    There are busses from there to race venue, from 3-5am…. Not sure why you would take the bus. Plenty of parking at the race location. Plenty!!! They use 3 entrances to get on base so things flowed. Remember where you park as it is dark. (Race starts at sunrise) and it’s over a mile to where it starts.

    Lots of potties, food trucks (coffee), and unique things. Fireworks, paratroopers, and a great national anthem (even a jumbo screen so you can see from anywhere.

    Race went off in 3 waves depending on pace. They also had pacers. Half and full start together. The 10k started 30 minutes before. You head up hill right away and run all around the base, not seeing the same thing twice. Many small hills all pavement through the woods, past buildings, golf course, and hangars. Not one vehicle on the road. Runners had free/safe passage the entire way. Water stops were great. Porta potties along the course were spartan… but there were portapotrees!

    Shirt, medal, patch were all nice. Food at the end was plentiful with many options.

    My dad is 75 and was in the Air Force. This was the 75th anniversary of the air force and he wanted to run the half… so we did it together!

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    M_Sohaskey Sep 22, 2022 at 5:21pm

    Love this Chris, what a great way to celebrate both the Air Force and your dad (please extend my gratitude for his service!). And don't be surprised now if you… MORE

    Love this Chris, what a great way to celebrate both the Air Force and your dad (please extend my gratitude for his service!). And don't be surprised now if you see me use the word "portapotrees" in one of my own reviews 😁. Glad you had this opportunity and thanks for sharing, your experience reinforces my desire to run AFM one day! LESS

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    nydogman10 FIRST-TIMER '22

    From the USAF parachuters carrying the American flag, to the Junior ROTC cadets cheering you on and manning the water station, this is a very patriotic event. Plenty of refreshments … MORE

    From the USAF parachuters carrying the American flag, to the Junior ROTC cadets cheering you on and manning the water station, this is a very patriotic event. Plenty of refreshments after you finish, water, electrolyte drinks bananas, fruit bars, etc. Only negatives for me was very little post race party, beer truck ran out, and no music. I never like it when a race does not give a dri-fit shirt in your swag bag. But still worth it!

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    Great expo at the Nutter Center, everyone was very helpful. Race day there was plenty of parking and very organized although it was quite a bit of a walk to … MORE

    Great expo at the Nutter Center, everyone was very helpful. Race day there was plenty of parking and very organized although it was quite a bit of a walk to the start line. Lots of history with all kinds of aircraft all throughout the finisher shoot in the starting line. The race started off with parachutist at the firework show. The rate is self was a Wellmar course, plenty of support but a little short on spectators as it only goes to a small portion of Fairborn. It was unusually hot today and that played a big part in everybody’s race but other than that I would recommend this race

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    iluvgod07 FIRST-TIMER '19

    I was still Active Duty Air Force when I ran this race and had decided if I was going to run at least one full marathon, that it would be … MORE

    I was still Active Duty Air Force when I ran this race and had decided if I was going to run at least one full marathon, that it would be the Air Force Marathon. Boy, was I in for a surprise!

    The expo was awesome! It took place in a stadium with lots of merchandise to purchase. Opportunities to take photos in front with the 26.2. The dinner before the race was excellent with guest speakers (I got to meet Retired General Goldfein, squee!) and then time to tour the Air Force museum, where the dinner took place. If you’re Air Force, you’ll love this! I had been here before back in 2006, but it was like experiencing the museum for the first time all over again.

    Race morning…it rained a lot. We questioned whether the race would still take place. There weren’t many places to hide from the rain and I got soaked. No more Glide, no more cushion in my shoes, soaked socks, not off to a good start. The only good part so far was bumping into my old supervisor and an old coworker from years ago. Small world!

    The race was hot, the race was humid, thank God for the aid station that offered vaseline. I definitely hit the wall, because there came a point where I could walk no longer. I searched for shade, because I just needed to cool down and sit down. Towards the end, I walked the rest of the way and got what I consider a shockingly bad time. I now know that I should just be happy and thankful to have finished. Especially since the weather had become “black flag” and they were considering ending the race early.

    Would I run this race again, probably not, but I am thankful for the opportunity to do so and grateful I finished. Now I have a time to beat.

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    sydneylross FIRST-TIMER '19

    This is a unique race with some challenging elements. Being that it is an active air force base, there aren't a lot of spectators for most of the run, as … MORE

    This is a unique race with some challenging elements. Being that it is an active air force base, there aren’t a lot of spectators for most of the run, as they aren’t allowed on base. Because of that, it can be challenging but they do a great job to make up for it! The water stations are top-notch cheerleaders! They place information placards all along the course to keep your mind focused on something else, and its just really cool to run through the base. The start and end is at the air force museum, so your finish line and finishing pictures are really spectacular with all the old planes.
    Be prepared for some major hills along the way too! There’s a rough one right at the start and around mile 1, scattered through the race, and then the overpass bridge at about mile 20 will get you. But don’t let those stop you! Its sure to be a challenge you won’t regret.

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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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    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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