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Air Force Marathon Offers Chances to Participate, Volunteer

Chaplain (Lt. Col.) TIm Miner
Virginia WIng

This year’s Air Force Marathon offers Civil Air Patrol members the opportunity not only to participate in person or online, and at a 15% discount, but also to volunteer during the race weekend Sept. 16-18 in Dayton, Ohio.

Staff for the marathon are planning for over 10,000 to attend over the three-day event, which will feature five races – a marathon, half marathon, 10K, 5K and Tailwind Trot 1K Kids’ Run. 

Two Fly! Fight! Win! Challenge Series will be presented as well, offering runners a chance to earn a fourth medal after completing the 5K, 10K and half marathon or marathon in one weekend. In addition, a three-person Marathon Relay will be held for the first time.

In addition, virtual events will be conducted throughout September, as will six virtual Heritage Race series set for every two months. The CAP discount code -- obtainable by emailing the National Task Force for Wellness and Resilience at resilience@hc.cap.gov -- can be used for all those events. 

The marathon is observing its 25th anniversary.

Col. John Knowles

"Maintaining our physical fitness is not only a part of our pillars of wellness but vital to our ability to be mission-ready as a part of the Air Force Total Force,” said Col. John Knowles, head of the national task force, which forged CAP’s relationship with the Air Force Marathon. “Participating in the Air Force Marathon is one way to continue to be physically active."

Some distances allow walking as well as running. All virtual events of any distance allow walkers to participate.

The weekend schedule also includes a Health & Fitness Expo, Breakfast of Champions, Gourmet Pasta Dinner, Finish Line Festival and After Party.

Those interested in volunteering to assist during the weekend should contact Lt. Col. Scott Glenn or 1st Lt. Robert Schmidt, logistics directors for the Ohio Wing.

For more information or to register to walk or run in an event, visit the Air Force Marathon website.