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United States Air Force Marathon Reviews


4.5 Stars from 4 Runners





  USAF 2017 Runner

By about 2017


Review

This is a well-organized and fun race, with a unique setting (on active military base), with lots of enthusiastic volunteers. I especially like that there was an aid station at almost every mile. This made a big difference to me. Most of the race is void of spectators due to being on secure military base, but there is plenty of support where the course runs off-base. Begins and ends at the National Museum of the US Air Force; an incredible collection of aircraft! It would take 2 complete days to see everything. Make time to see at least some of it, which will be easy to do if you attend the pasta dinner the night before since the dinner takes place in the museum. Where else can you eat a dinner with a B52 on one side of you and an F22 on the other side?


Race Tips

The hills across miles 2-5 didn't seem noticeable and from there thru mile 21 is a slight downhill. I made the mistake of thinking the hills of miles 22-25 would come back the same way as going out. Not so! You run out on gradually up-sloping lanes of a highway, but return on the frontage road which has lots of rolling hills; which is where I began cramping. If I could do it over again, I would not have gone out so fast in order to save something for the rolling hills at the end. I made a rookie mistake :( I hope to return to this race in a later year to show it who is boss!


Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

The hills across miles 2-5 didn't seem noticeable and from there thru mile 21 is a slight downhill. I made the mistake of thinking the hills of miles 22-25 would come back the same way as going out. Not so! You run out on gradually up-sloping lanes of a highway, but return on the frontage road which has lots of rolling hills; which is where I began cramping. If I could do it over again, I would not have gone out so fast in order to save something for the rolling hills at the end. I made a rookie mistake :( I hope to return to this race in a later year to show it who is boss!


5 / 5 Stars


  One of the Best Military Races

By about 2017


Review

Excellent organization, polite and impressive military presence, great volunteers, challenging and well-marked course(s), easy parking and logistics. Very cool fly-overs by various AF aircraft - different each year!


Race Tips

Expect a great race environment, as proven by the consistent popularity of this event (all distances). The USAF is very experienced at putting this race and it shows. Not an easy course - rolling, climbs, and false flats abound. Pace yourself conservatively as climbs in beginning AND end will be challenging. Weather can also be a factor, heat and humidity are generally felt, especially as the race progresses.


Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

Plenty of lodging options near-by, but reserve early. Bring BAGGIES to protect running shoes from getting wet from the short walk from grass field parking area to pavement approach to start area. Also allow time for security check, etc.


5 / 5 Stars


  

By about 2016


Review

Rolling course and some tough hills at beginning and mile 21. Unfortunately, the weather was just brutal - super high humidity and high temps. There was a storm before the run that cause a delay till 8 AM. Once it finally got started, the sun came out and baked the wet roads, producing 100% humidity that sucks the life out of you. The course itself is fine and volunteers were outstanding. But the weather and air quality were a major challenge. I met people who could not even complete the 1/2 marathon. Some reportedly had collapsed. 20th Anniversary medal was spectacular. Other than the weather, it was very well run, except you had to walk nearly a mile to the buses after the finish.


Race Tips

This is technically a summer marathon, so make sure you are prepared. Conditions for 2016 were the worst I've ever encountered of my 17 completed marathons and this was my first AF marathon.


Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

Make sure you plan to visit the Museum of the Air Force - an absolute must for any aviation enthusiast.


3 / 5 Stars


  

By about 2014


Review

This was a well organized race with adequate roadside spectators, considering it was mostly on base! Loved running the runway under the wings of the planes coming into the finish!


Race Tips

It is not a flat course...if your from the south...train for hills. They are rolling, but there are several.


Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

Be prepared to walk over a mile to the parking lot. Also give yourself time to get through security check...it is a Military base!


5 / 5 Stars





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