Updated: 9:07 a.m. Friday, June 1, 2012 | Posted: 10:53 p.m. Thursday, May 31, 2012

Air Force Marathon sells out with 15,000 runners

Wright-Patterson AFB will host 26.2-mile, 13.1-mile, 10K races. Volunteers needed for events Sept. 14-15.


Air Force Marathon sells out with 15,000 runners photo
Josh Cox, from Mammoth Lakes, Ca., crosses the finish line with a record time of 31:09 in the U.S. Air Force Marathon 10K at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in 2011.

By Barrie Barber

Staff Writer

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE — The annual marathon at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base has sold out in record time with the most runners in the history of the event, a spokeswoman said.

The Air Force Marathon expects 15,000 runners — up 2,000 over last year — when participants line up for the marathon, a half-marathon, and 10K races Sept. 15.

A 5K run will occur the day before at Wright State University’s Nutter Center.

“The bigger it gets, the more word of mouth we get,” said Nikki McLaughlin, a marathon spokeswoman. “They get to run around an Air Force base, which is truly a unique experience. It’s definitely a draw.”

Last year, organizers capped the number of runners at 13,000. But with interest growing, 2,000 spots were added this year. The final 50 spots for the marathon sold out May 18, said Daryl Mayer, a Wright-Patterson spokesman, weeks earlier than last year’s sellout.

In 2011, the final spots were filled in mid-July for the 5K run, McLaughlin said.

This year’s marathon has attracted runners from all 50 states and 15 countries, such as Japan and the Federated States of Micronesia, she said.

Runners are allowed to transfer their registrations through June 8.

As the countdown clock ticks, organizers have geared up with a call for 2,100 volunteers, McLaughlin said.

Those who want to volunteer time may log onto www.usafmarathon.com to pick the time and activity in which they’d like to participate, she said.

Contact this reporter at (937) 225-2363 or bbarber @DaytonDailyNews.com.


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