Overall Rating
Overall Rating (15 Reviews)
3.9
(15 Ratings)(15 Reviews)
DIFFICULTY
3.2
SCENERY
2.6
PRODUCTION
4.4
SWAG
3.9
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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    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 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!

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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 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! :-)

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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!

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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    Ymer FIRST-TIMER '16

    From the packet pick up to the finish line, this was the best organized race I have done. The material of the shirt was a little disappointing but the medal, … MORE

    From the packet pick up to the finish line, this was the best organized race I have done. The material of the shirt was a little disappointing but the medal, patch and hat were a bonus. The support on this course was incredible and plenty of water stations, I especially liked the cold sponge towards the end of the race.

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    Lorelei FIRST-TIMER '14

    There is a good sized hill at mile one that seemed to go on forever. The rest is relatively flat with a few bumps in the road. There were a … MORE

    There is a good sized hill at mile one that seemed to go on forever. The rest is relatively flat with a few bumps in the road. There were a lot of people in uniform yelling and/or cheering. Mostly cheering. The finish line was the best I’ve ever seen. The runway at the base was flanked with a long line of planes. The runners ran between them to reach the end. At the finish, a beautiful medal was placed around your neck by someone in uniform, who shook your hand and said “Congratulations.”

    Afterward, there was free admission to the Air Force Base Museum, which is just incredible.

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    olsonm73 FIRST-TIMER '15

    Remarkable race that is a Must-Do bucket list. The U2 fly over was a great way to kick off the Marathon as well as the final stretch through the static … MORE

    Remarkable race that is a Must-Do bucket list. The U2 fly over was a great way to kick off the Marathon as well as the final stretch through the static plane displays to reach the finish line was awesome. The course was a tad harder than I imagined (I thought it was going to be mostly flat) and I rate it low for scenary. The weather this year was a factor (wet and windy) but the event scored High marks by me as it was absolutley well supported (Water/etc stops) with the best crowd and volunteers I’ve seen to date. It was overall a great event and I look forward to next year’s race.

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    dansolera FIRST-TIMER '14

    This race is a big draw for veterans and those seeking their coveted medals. Great production, lots of aid stations and very generous swag (including hats, great t-shirts, stickers and … MORE

    This race is a big draw for veterans and those seeking their coveted medals. Great production, lots of aid stations and very generous swag (including hats, great t-shirts, stickers and badges). But aside from the last 800 meters, there wasn’t much to see during the race itself. I paced my father-in-law, an Air Force veteran, to a successful 4:47 finish, but if it weren’t for having him next to me to talk to, I wouldn’t have had much in the way of distractions. There are some hills at the start and the very end, so make sure to bank some energy if you want to finish strong.

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