WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE (WDTN) - Thousands of runners laced up their shoes for the 17th Annual U.S. Air Force Marathon Saturday despite the clouds and early morning drizzle.
Opening ceremonies kicked off at 7:10 a.m. on the grounds of the National Museum of the United States Air Force.
More than 15,000 people from around the world gathered at the base to participate in the full-marathon, wheelchair, half-marathon, and 10K races.
The scenic 26.2 mile marathon course stretched throughout Wright-Patterson, giving participants a look at the National Museum of the United States Air Force, Huffman Prairie Flying Field and the Wright Brothers Memorial Monument.
More than 70 service members from the Air Force's Major Commands ran the full and half as teams of 10 as part of the "MAJCOM Challenge."
Air Force Lt. Col. Michael 'Petey' Arnold ran the marathon in full combat gear and a 50 pound rucksack, which combined was close to 100 extra pounds. Lt. Arnold ran for the Tactical Air Control Personnel Association, which provides assistance to members of this career field in times of need.
Following the race, there was an awards presentation for all of the runners.
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