Date: 9/21/2019

Location: Dayton, OH

Start Time: 7:30am

Avg Temps (f): 74/53

Time Limit: 6 hours

Lessons Learned from Race Reports

  • Past years have seen warm temps and the start time of the half has been moved up by an hour, so hopefully that helps. Otherwise, September in Ohio is fairly unpredictable
  • First couple miles are tight on space, so your splits could be slower, but it also prevents you from going out too fast
  • Not the most beautiful course, lots of fields and chain link fences
  • Course can get windy in spots
  • Biggest hill is in the latter part of the race – save something for those last several miles
  • In the last mile, you go past the finish line, which can make it seem extra long if you’re dying to be finished!
  • Not a fast course with the hills and possibility for wind
  • Very little shade on the course, so if it’s hot, it feels extra hot – bring a hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen
  • Give yourself plenty of time for parking and/or shuttle for pre-race since the start/finish are in different locations
  • Not many spectator locations, so the course can get quiet – if you feed off the energy of a crowd, this isn’t the race for that
  • A more challenging course than runners expect it to be with the rolling hills, climbs, and false summits

Course

Type: Mainly two loops

Start/Finish Info: Different locations but still close to each other

Hills: ~125 foot climb mile .5-1, from mile 5-11, gradual climb of nearly 200 feet with a lot of rollers in between, ranging from 5-150 feet gains at a time. Not a flat course!!!

Course Map/Elevation

Aid stations

Locations of aid stations: About every 1-2 miles – see Course Map for details

Spectator access

Best spots are around mile 6 and the finish. See Course Map for details.

Race reports

https://www.bibrave.com/races/us-air-force-marathon-reviews/6395

http://runwithjess.blogspot.com/2012/09/race-recap-air-force-half-marathon.html

Strava links

https://www.strava.com/running-races/2015-air-force-marathon

Race Website

https://www.usafmarathon.com/