Event Description

2019 Air Force Marathon

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 has grown into a 13,500 participant event, with runners from all fifty states and many foreign countries. Marathon weekend features four event distances, a full marathon, half marathon, 10k and 5K race as well as other exciting events including our Sports and Fitness Expo, Gourmet Pasta Dinner, Finish Line Festival and After Party. Our Boston Qualifying full marathon course is rife with historic aviation sites and finishes at the National Museum of the United States Air Force, taking runners not just on a journey of 26.2 miles but one of over 110 years in military airpower history. Won’t you come join us?

Bib Number Requirements

All registered runners will receive a bib number that must be worn on race day. If you are not wearing your bib during the race, you will be considered a bandit runner and will be escorted off the course.

The bib must be visible and worn on the front outside of all clothing during the entire race.

Do not alter the bib in any way.

Once assigned, bib numbers are non-transferable and must be worn by the registrant to whom they have been assigned. If race organizers become aware that a runner has participated in an event with a bib that is not registered to the runner, both the runner, and the person whom the bib is originally assigned to will be prohibited from participating in future Air Force Marathon events

Timing Requirements

We use the MYLAPS bib which has the timing device built into the bib.

You will not receive a separate timing device.

Please do not fold the bib.

The Air Force Marathon is not responsible for lost bibs/timing devices.

Awards for the overall and military winners will be based on gun time; age category winners will be determined by chip time.

Chip times will be used for your official running time and on your certificate of race completion.

The timing device is disposable and does not need to be returned.

Safety on Course

For the safety and enjoyment of all event participants, the courses are restricted to registered runners/walkers, wheelchair division participants and official race personnel only.

No dogs, no strollers, no baby joggers, no bikes, no inline skates, no roller skates, and no wheeled vehicles (other than registered wheelchair and official Bike EMS and Patrol Teams) will be allowed on the 10K, half marathon and full marathon courses. Strollers and baby joggers are allowed for the 5K event only.

Violators will be disqualified and escorted from the course by race officials.

For the safety of all, the use of headphones is discouraged.

The sole responsbility of knowing and following the course rests with each athlete. No adjustments in times or results shall be made for athletes who fail to follow the proper course for any reason.

Full Marathon Course Time Limit

For the health and safety of all participants, the entire full marathon course will close after 7 hours. This time limit will be strictly enforced. Public roads will be re-opened and all runners should be back at the finish line at that time. Any runner who refuses to abide by this policy will be disqualified from running the full marathon in subsequent years. After 7 hours, no official times will be given. There will be no exceptions to this policy. This limit is based on gun time, not on chip time.

Baggage Claim

A baggage claim tent will be available for all participants on race day near the Start Line. Runners must use the clear goodie bags provided by the Air Force Marathon at baggage claim. Remove the sticker from the back of your bib and place it on the designated spot on the clear goodie bag. All bags and persons are subject to search. Your cooperation and patience is appreciated. The Air Force Marathon is not responsible for unclaimed baggage.(Please note: there is no baggage claim for the 5K race on Friday.)

Entry Restrictions

All persons and carry-in items are subject to search.

All unattended bags and items will be removed from the premises.

The following items are not allowed:


Your cooperation and patience are appreciated.

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