Please note the 25th Annual Air Force Marathon in-person event scheduled for September 16-18, 2021 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base has been transitioned to a virtual event. More information about this decision can be found on the event update page and you will also find virtual event details on our virtual experience page. From the entire team at the Air Force Marathon, we thank you for your continuous support!


1997-afm-startCome and be a part of history! The Air Force Marathon is an annual endurance event held the third Saturday of September at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio. First held in 1997 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Air Force, the Air Force Marathon has grown into a 13,500 participant event, with runners from all fifty states and many foreign countries.

Race weekend features five event distances; a marathon, half marathon, 10K, 5K, and Tailwind Trot 1K Kids’ Run as well as two Fly! Fight! Win! Challenge Series where runners can earn a fourth medal after completing the 5K, 10K, and half marathon or marathon in one weekend. Other exciting events include our two-day Health & Fitness Expo, Breakfast of Champions, Gourmet Pasta Dinner, Finish Line Festival, and After Party.

Our Boston Qualifying marathon course is rife with historic aviation sites and finishes at the National Museum of the United States Air Force, taking runners not just on a journey of 26.2 miles but one of over 110 years in military airpower history. Won’t you come join us?



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