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Race Dates

2017: Saturday, September 16, 2017
2016: Saturday, September 17, 2016

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

2016: 2,042 Finishers
2015: 2,157 Finishers
2014: 2,931 Finishers

BQ Percentages

2017: N/A
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.

Last year 2.3% of finishers qualified for the Boston Marathon and 3% of runners qualified for Boston in 2015.

This gives the United States Air Force Marathon the 465th highest percentage of Boston Marathon qualifiers in the U.S. last year and the 414th highest percentage in 2015.

Its Course Score of 98.69 ranks it as the 238th 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 313th fastest marathon in the U.S. and the 13th fastest in Ohio.

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Elevation Chart

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


Recent United States Air Force Marathon Reviews

4 Stars from 2 Reviews
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review of 2016 United States Air Force Marathon.   

3 / 5 Stars


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


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 is a Military base!

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