Air Force Marathon fees increase

By Kathleen A.K. Lopez

Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio — Runners looking to participate in this year’s Air Force Marathon Sept. 20 here are running out of time to register for one of the event’s five races before prices increase Aug. 1.

Until July 31, the full- and wheeled-marathon registration fee is $75, the half-marathon is $60, the 10K individual and team-member cost is $40 per person and the 5K price is $20.

There is an additional $40 team-creation fee for the four-person relay team category. On Aug. 1, all races except for the 5K will increase in price by $10. The 5K will increase by $5.

“The Air Force Marathon offers runners of all levels a chance to participate,” said Molly Louden, the marathon director. “In addition to the full-marathon, which is for runners and wheelers, there is the half-marathon, the 10-kilometer individual and team categories, as well as the 5K race.”

The 5K event will be held Sept. 19 on the grounds of neighboring Wright State University, with whom the Marathon office began a partnership in 2007 to accommodate more short-distance runners, and have a less-congested finish-line area for the longer distance runners, Mrs. Louden said.

Online registration fees are encouraged to ensure accuracy and timeliness, but also are less expensive than mail-in applications, she said.

All registrants may pick up their race packets Sept. 18 and 19 at the Air Force Marathon Sports and Fitness Exposition at WSU’s Ervin J. Nutter Center. This year’s expo will feature sports clinics by special guest, Bart Yasso, Runner’s World magazine’s chief running officer, and more than 60 vendors featuring running apparel, products, etc.

Additionally, registrants may sign up for the Air Force Marathon gourmet pasta dinner to be held Sept. 19 at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. Mr. Yasso will be the keynote speaker at the dinner. The price through Sept. 17 is $20 for adults, $10 for children, ages 6 to 12, and children under 6 are free. If there are any tickets remaining, runners may purchase them at the expo at an increased price for adults of $25.

All Air Force Marathon events, including the expo, are open to the public. For more information, log onto www.usafmarathon.com.