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Race Dates

2018: Saturday, September 15, 2018
2017: Saturday, September 16, 2017

Course Information

Profile: Mostly Flat
Type: Loop
Surface: Road/Pavement
Certified?: Yes

Race Day Weather

Mean Temp.: 61°F (16°C)
Average High: 72°F (22°C)
Average Low: 49° F (9°C)

Historical Weather


PR Score & Course Score

PR Score: 97.36
Course Score: 98.69

Race Size

2017: 1,474 Finishers
2016: 2,042 Finishers
2015: 2,157 Finishers

BQ Percentages

2017: 4.5%
2016: 2.3%
2015: 3%

Miscellaneous Information

Pace Groups?: Yes

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Course Description

The United States Air Force Marathon is a mostly flat loop course through Wright Patterson Air Force Base.

The course does have two sections of hills. The first section is at the start - from mile 1 to mile 6. The other section is near the end of the race at approximately mile 21 to mile 25. The rest of the course is very flat.


Marathon Rankings

The United States Air Force Marathon was the 41st largest marathon in the U.S. last year and was the 45th largest in 2015.

This year 4.5% of finishers qualified for the Boston Marathon and 2.3% of runners qualified for Boston in 2016.

This gives the United States Air Force Marathon the 461st highest percentage of Boston Marathon qualifiers in the U.S. last year and the 256th highest percentage so far in 2017.


Its Course Score of 98.69 ranks it as the 243rd fastest marathon course in the U.S. and the 12th fastest course in Ohio.

The typical race time temperature and humidity levels are above the ideal range for optimal marathon performance. This, coupled with the Course Score, gives the United States Air Force Marathon a PR Score of 97.36. This PR Score ranks it as the 317th fastest marathon in the U.S. and the 14th fastest in Ohio.

Learn more about PR Scores and Course Scores on the FAQ page.


Elevation Chart

Max Elevation: 972 feet (296m)
Min Elevation: 785 feet (239m)

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Recent United States Air Force Marathon Reviews

4.5 Stars from 4 Reviews
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review of 2017 United States Air Force Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

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.



review of 2017 United States Air Force Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

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!



review of 2016 United States Air Force Marathon.   

3 / 5 Stars

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.



review of 2014 United States Air Force Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

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!



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