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Race Rules & Safety
Packet pick-up will be available at the Health & Fitness Expo on Thursday and Friday. There will be no packet pick-up on race day (Saturday) unless purchased as an add-on ahead of time. A photo ID is required, and we suggest you know your bib number. For more details, visit the Health & Fitness Expo page.
All registration and products fees are all non-refundable, even in the event of race cancellation. The only exception is for official military deployment (CED Orders). For more information, visit our Registration Policies page.
- All registered runners will receive a unique bib that must be worn on race day. If you are not wearing your bib during the race, you will be considered a bandit runner and will be escorted off the course.
- The bib must be visible and worn on the front outside of all clothing during the entire race.
- Do not alter the bib in any way.
- Once assigned, bib numbers are non-transferable and must be worn by the registrant to whom they have been assigned. If race organizers become aware that a runner has participated in an event with a bib that is not registered to the runner, both the runner, and the person whom the bib is originally assigned to will be prohibited from participating in future Air Force Marathon events.
- We use the MYLAPS bib, which has the timing device built in. You will not receive a separate timing device.
- Please do not fold the bib. The Air Force Marathon is not responsible for lost or damaged bibs/timing devices.
- Awards for the overall and military winners will be based on gun time; age category winners will be determined by chip time. Chip times will be used for your official running time and on your certificate of race completion.
- The timing device is disposable and does not need to be returned.
Course time limits will be strictly enforced for the safety of all participants. Public roads will be re-opened and all runners should be back at the finish line by the time limit. Any runner who refuses to abide by this policy will be disqualified from running in subsequent years. After the time limit is up, no official times will be given. There will be no exceptions to this policy. This limit is based on gun time, not on chip time.
Marathon: 7 hours
Half Marathon: 7 hours
10K: 3 hours 30 minutes
5K: 1 hour 30 minutes
A baggage claim tent will be available for all marathon, half marathon, and 10K participants near the start line. Runners must use the clear bags provided by the Air Force Marathon at baggage claim. Remove the sticker from the back of your bib and place it on the designated spot on the clear bag. All bags and persons are subject to search. Your cooperation and patience is appreciated. The Air Force Marathon is not responsible for unclaimed baggage. (Please note: there is no baggage claim for the 5K race on Friday.)
All persons and carry-in items are subject to search.
All unattended bags and items will be removed from the premises.
The following items are not allowed:
- Pets
- Coolers
- Glass
- Alcohol
Your cooperation and patience are appreciated.
- For the safety and enjoyment of all event participants, the courses are restricted to registered runners/walkers, wheelchair division participants and official race personnel only.
- No animals, no strollers, no baby joggers, no bicycles, no scooters, no inline skates, no roller skates, and no wheeled vehicles (other than registered wheelchair and official Bike EMS and Patrol Teams) will be allowed on the 10K, half marathon, and full marathon courses.
- Strollers and baby joggers are allowed for the 5K event only. For more information, please email usaf.marathon@us.af.mil.
- Violators will be disqualified and escorted from the course by race officials.
- For the safety of all, the use of headphones is discouraged.
- The sole responsibility of knowing and following the course rests with each athlete. No adjustments in times or results shall be made for athletes who fail to follow the proper course for any reason.
The Event Alert System (EAS) will be used to communicate the status of the course and event conditions to participants, volunteers, and staff on race day based on the weather and other conditions in and around Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and Wright State University. Colored signage will be located throughout the event venues including all medical stations, throughout the race course, Health & Fitness Expo, and at the start/finish line indicating the levels which range from Low (Green) to Moderate (Yellow) to High (Red) to Event Cancelled (Black). The colored signs also include short messages. Pre-race, all event staff, volunteers, and participants should familiarize themselves with the anticipated event conditions, safety procedures, and the Event Alert System. Alert updates will be communicated via email, social media, and/or mobile app. Event Alert System (EAS)