Marathon History

History of the Air Force Marathon

1997 logoThe first official marathon was held on September 20, 1997, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Air Force, and is held the third Saturday in September each year. 2014 marks the 18th year and will be held September 20, 2014.

To commemorate our rich history in flight, each year one aircraft is chosen to be highlighted during the marathon and on the unique finisher's medal presented to each race participant.

The marathon course is a 26.2-mile run that traverses historical places on Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, including the National Museum of the United States Air Force, the Air Force Institute of Technology, Runners feetHeadquarters Air Force Material Command, the Wright-Patterson AFB flight line, Huffman Prairie Flying Field, and the Wright Brothers Memorial Monument.

All levels of runners participate from around the world in the marathon, wheelchair, half marathon, 10K, and 5K races.

The race was capped at 15,000 participants across all 4 events in 2013

The Air Force Marathon course is certified by the USA Track and Field Association and is a Boston Qualifier.

 

Marathon Record Holders - Individual

 Category  Record Holder Time Year

Overall Male Full Marathon

Josh Cox

2:20:57

2007

Overall Military Male Full Marathon

Brian Dumm

2:27:49

2010

Overall Male Wheelchair

Bruce Chase

1:22:43

2012

Overall Female Full Marathon

Lori M. (Eppard) Wilson

2:55:04

1997

Overall Military Female Full Marathon

Lori M. (Eppard) Wilson

2:55:04

1997

Overall Female Wheelchair

Holly Koester

2:20:36

2013

Clydesdale *

Manuel Hauck

3:06:55

1998

Athena *

Sara Whittingham

3:14:28

2003

Overall Male Half Marathon

Ben Payne

1:07:32

2012

Overall Military Male Half Marathon

Ben Payne 1:07:32 2012

Overall Female Half Marathon

Kara Storage

1:15:56

2011

Overal Military Female Half Marathon

Caroline White 1:16:25 2011

Overall Male 10K

Josh Cox

31:09

2011

Overall Military Male 10K

James Bales

32:14

2011

Overall Female 10K

Darcy Mascotti

37:04

2013

Overall Military Female 10K

Katie Ellgass

40:52

2008

Overall Male 5K

Brett Still

15:34:31

2005

Overall Military Male 5K

Kristoffer Chacon 16:05 2012

Overall WSU Affliated Male 5K 

Justin Wells  18:14 2008

Overall Male Wheelchair 5K

Jeffrey Lee 25:16 2010

Overall Female 5K

Catherine Graham

19:14

2011

Overall Military Female 5K

Leann Fergusan 21:19 2010

Overall WSU Affliated Female 5K

Alexandra Keller 24:00 2011

Overall Female Wheelchair 5K

Kirstie Lou Honeywill Syke  18:58  2010 

*These categories are no longer offered.