Virtual Races

Virtual Race Information

The Air Force Marathon is excited to announce the continuation of the virtual race option in 2021 after receiving your feedback! Participants from all over the world may continue to participate in the annual celebration of the founding of the U.S. Air Force right from their home. This option is open to everyone for the marathon, half marathon, 10K, 5K, and Tailwind Trot events. See detailed event guidelines and frequently asked questions below.



Participant Amenities

All registered virtual participants will receive a downloadable race bib, access to the virtual goodie bag, an official race shirt, optional complimentary commemorative patch, and official finisher’s medal. Race packets will be mailed to participants beginning in October.

Virtual Race Guidelines

You must complete your virtual race within a single time frame between September 1st-30th, 2021. You may run, walk, or run/walk your full distance wherever you would like – around your neighborhood, on a treadmill, or any trail or course of your choosing. We encourage you to track your virtual event with a GPS-tracking app that will confirm your mileage and time.

After you complete your virtual race, you may submit your results and proof of completion (GPS data) online by October 3rd, 2021. We will mail your official race shirt, official finisher’s medal, and optional complimentary commemorative patch to the address you provided during registration whether you submit results or not. If you need to update this address at any time, you may do so by following these instructions or sending us an email. Virtual race participants will not be eligible for awards as results will be considered unofficial and will not be verified.

Virtual Race Frequently Asked Questions

A virtual event allows participants to complete their race distance anytime and anywhere. You may run or walk the full distance at your own pace. You choose your own race day and your own starting line, whether it's a treadmill, your neighborhood, or a park trail.
Once you select the virtual event option, simply complete your race distance any day and any where between September 1st-30th, 2021. After you finish, we encourage you to upload your finish time to the results page (link provided at a later date). We will then mail your race amenities to the address you provided during registration. If you have not uploaded your results by the end of the race period, your items will still be mailed to you.
Yes, of course! We will mail your race amenities which include the commemorative patch (if selected), official race shirt(s), and finisher's medal(s) to you beginning in October.
The great thing about a virtual race is you get to choose your very own race day! This can be any day between September 1st-30th, 2021.
You will choose your own route for the virtual event. We ask that you do not use any of the Air Force Marathon routes as these are not pedestrian safe without the usual street closures and safety assistance with traffic.
You are going to be on the honor system for completing your virtual event. However, we will be asking participants to upload their finish time so we can have a results page (link will be provided at a later date). If you would like to track your distance and time there are many apps you may download for free such as runcoach, Strava, and RunKeeper, Garmin, Fitbit, etc. It's helpful to map out a route ahead of time too. Don't forget to share your "finish line" photos on social media using the hashtag #FlyAFM so we can see your smiling faces!
As everyone will be on the honor system and submitting their own finish times, we will not be offering awards for the virtual event since all results will be considered unofficial and will not be verified.
We encourage you to run your event distance in one day and at one time just like you would on race weekend. This will be helpful when you upload your results to the online results page (link will be provided at a later date).

We are also aware a virtual event is not the same as an in-person event when it comes to support (hydration, restrooms, medical, etc) so please take this into account when you complete your virtual event - stay safe & healthy!
Yes, you may transfer from an in-person event to a virtual event up until August 31st or until the event sells out.

We have Airmen the world over who want to be involved in this incredible annual tradition but due to deployments, TDYs, remote assignments, and a host of other reasons cannot join us. Adding in a virtual option allows them to challenge themselves while taking part in the annual celebration that is the Air Force Marathon.” – Brandon Hough (Race Director, Air Force Marathon)