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Wright-Patt to welcome thousands for 22nd annual Air Force Marathon next week

Wright-Patterson Air Force Base will welcome thousands of people for the Air Force Marathon next week.

The marathon’s events are scheduled to kick off a week from Thursday at 11 a.m. with the Air Force Marathon Sports and Fitness Expo at Wright State University’s Nutter Center, according to a release from the base. The two-day expo is free and open to the public.

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More than 100 booths will be at the expo with the latest in sports, fitness and nutrition. Guest speakers will also share advice on the arena floor including yoga instructor Jessica Carter, according to the base.

Runners can enjoy a pre-race pasta dinner Friday evening at the National Museum of the United States Air Force prepared by Wright-Patt’s Base’s own chef.

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Jeff Galloway, Olympian, author and founder of the Run-Walk-Run training method, will speak at the dinner. Galloway, who is known as “American’s Coach,” has worked with over 300,000 runners of all ages and abilities and speaks at over 200 running and fitness events annually, according to the base.

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The marathon weekend features four event distances including the full marathon, half marathon, 10K and 5K race. Medals are presented at the finish line by senior Air Force leaders and all races begin and end at the National Museum of the United States Air Force with the exception the 5K, which takes place on the Wright State’s campus.

The Air Force Marathon is a Boston Marathon qualifying event and the course goes past numerous historical landmarks, including Huffman Prairie, where the Wright brothers perfected manned flight. The marathon was first held in 1997 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Air Force, according to the base.

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