Lightning strikes delay start of Air Force Marathon

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The Air Force Marathon begins at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force

Credit: DaytonDailyNews

UPDATE @ 6:25 a.m. Sept. 17

The start of the full and 10K portions of the Air Force Marathon have been delayed because of lightning strikes in the area.

The full and 10K events will start a half-hour later at 8 a.m. The half marathon, which was slated to start at 8:30 a.m., will also be delayed, organizers announced this morning.

According to the Air Force Marathon organizers, no runner entry will be allowed at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force gate.

Runners and families will walk to the starting line from the parking areas and should arrive at least an hour and a half before start time.

RTA shuttling runners

Starting at 4:30 a.m. Saturday, shuttle buses will begin transporting runners from Wright State University’s Nutter Center to the starting line at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. Shuttles will run every five minutes until 6 a.m. Runners can be dropped off at the Nutter Center and met at the finish line after 8:30 a.m. or may be picked up at the Nutter Center after 9:30 a.m.

Runner shuttles will return runners from the finish line back to Wright State University Nutter Center. The runner shuttles will depart from the Air Force museum starting at 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Departure times are to be determined.

Buses are for runners only, and a runner’s race bib must be visible. Spectators and family members will not be allowed to board the runner shuttles, organizers say.


All runners with handicaps and spectators with a handicap placard may enter through the main museum gate on Springfield Street.

Runner gates at Woodman and Spinning roads and Gate 22B are for entry and self-parking only. Gates open at 5 a.m. and no exit is allowed until 8:30 a.m.

Safety guidelines; No pets, coolers, glass, or alcohol is allowed and all carry-in items are subject to search. Unattended bags and items will be removed. Only clear runner bags will be allowed at the start line. For more information, check the Air Force Marathon website or smart phone app.


All construction along or near the marathon route will be halted started Friday until after the event, according to the city of Fairborn. The only roadway receiving work Friday is Garland Avenue between Commerce Center to Marchmont, and it has limited closure today and will be open by this evening, officials said.


Showers and thunderstorms are expected Saturday, some of which could be strong with the biggest threats being heavy rain, strong winds and lightning and thunder. Highs will be near 80 degrees.

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