“While the annual Air Force Marathon, held the third Saturday in September, normally features active aircraft, this new virtual race series will allow more participants from all over the world to learn and share in this history through participation in the marathon, half marathon, 10K, or 5K from their home,” the marathon said in a release.
“With the Air Force Marathon occurring only once per year, we have been greatly limited in our ability to highlight the hundreds of aircraft that have come to define our great Air Force,” said Brandon Hough, director of the marathon, “This new race series will allow us to honor the Air Force’s rich history and heritage by telling the story of so many more aircraft that have shaped the Air Force that we have become!”
Learn more about the History & Heritage Race Series and see more race information by visiting usafvirtual.com.
The 2020 Air Force Marathon in September was virtual, due to the pandemic. Even though 3,000 registered runners deferred — meaning, they are slotted in to run the 2021 race without paying new registration fees —this year’s event grew its numbers.
“We actually did about 1,500 more registrations this year than last year,” Hough told the Dayton Daily News in August. “So we grew. We got so many new runners into the frame.”
In a virtual race, runners can run on their own time and upload their results.
But in one sense, that’s nothing new. The marathon had a virtual component for runners who could not make it to the starting line well before the COVID-19 pandemic.