Ohio > Air Force Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K & 5K
Dayton, OH • Saturday, September 21, 2013 • Course Map
The mostly flat and fast terrain of Ohio's Wright-Patterson Air Force Base is the setting for the 15th annual United States Air Force Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K & 5K, first run in 1997 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the air force branch of the service. The 2013 race will mark its 17th anniversary, just days before the air force's 66th anniversary.
Ever since its inaugural running, the race has grown in popularity and in 2012 more than 5,400 runners, walkers and wheelchair athletes crossed the finish line in the half marathon alone. Each year's race also highlights an aircraft in use by the air force today, which will be commemorated on each race finisher's medal.
The race is definitely an event for aviation enthusiasts, as the course takes runners past some of the most important historical sights in U.S. aviation history -- including Huffman Prairie Flying Field, where Wilbur and Orville Wright practiced their flying skills starting in 1904 in preparation for their famous flight at Kitty Hawk in North Carolina, to the base flight line, which was once the location of Wilbur Wright Field back in 1917. Participants will also run past a number of the base's static aircraft displays near Wright-Patterson's base operations facilities.
Runners start the half-marathon course in the part of the base known as "Area B," near the corner of Loop Road and Spaatz Street. From there, the 13.1-mile course follows the Loop Road around the southern part of the base to Marl Road and Hebble Creek Road, turning left across State Route 444. The field runs along Hebble Creek and Skeel Avenue for the next couple of miles as it nears the golf course and the base medical center, taking runners into the base's "Area A."
Once inside the "Area A," runners, walkers and wheelchair racers travel up Skeel Road to the half-way turnaround point near the Twin Base Golf Course and Wright-Patterson Golf Club, where they then begin the race back to the finish line along the course they've just run. The series of races in the event will start in succession following the opening ceremony at 7:00 AM, with the wheelchair marathoners taking off at 7:25 AM, the full marathon group starting at 7:30 AM and the half-marathoners at 8:30 AM.
Water stations are planned to be distributed at each mile along the course, organizers add, and runners and walkers in the half marathon will have 6 hours to complete the course.
Weather & Climate
Set between the twin metro areas of Cincinnati and Columbus in the southwestern corner of Ohio, Dayton tends to see moderately warm to mild weather in the late summer/early fall, with relatively low rainfall compared to the rest of the year.
In September, average monthly temperatures range between 57°F and 79°F, while rainfall total average just over 2.6 inches for the month. On the day of the race (Sept. 21), the average low is 55°F and the average high is 77°F.
View the race route map for the Air Force Half Marathon
$75 for the half marathon, if registered by April 1, 2013
$80 between April 2 - June 1
$90 between June 2 - race sellout
To reserve your spot in the fall 2013 running of Dayton's Air Force Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K or 5K race, register online at Active.com.
Official Race Website
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