WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, OHIO (WDTN) – The U.S. Air Force Marathon plans to offer $17,000 in cash prizes for the first time in its 22-year history to its elite and sub-elite runners, along with push-rim athletes.
“We really want to highlight the incredible talent of runners locally, nationally and those within the Department of Defense. We also want to put a spotlight on our fantastic push-rim athletes,” said Brandon Hough, U.S. Air Force Marathon director. “The Air Force Marathon is a national-class event and we want to continue to raise the bar on the programs we offer.”
Elite and sub-elite runners who meet the qualifications below will be in the running for complimentary entries with push-rim athletes considered on a case-by-case basis. Accepted athletes will also receive a VIP package that includes entry to the marathon’s Gourmet Pasta Dinner, Breakfast of Champions, and a parking pass with VIP area access on race day.
2019 Elite Standards: Full Marathon
2019 Sub-Elite Standards: Full Marathon
2019 U.S. Air Force Marathon Prize Money Total Purse = $17,000
Marathon: Military Only
Marathon: Push Rim
Elite, sub-elite and chosen push-rim athletes will compete for a total of $17,000 in prize money in Open, Masters, Military, Ohio, and Push-Rim categories, with a $1,000 bonus to any U.S. man or woman who runs an Olympic Trials qualifying mark in the marathon (2:19:00 for men and 2:45:00 for women, currently).
“Elite runners come from all backgrounds. At the level of the prize purse being offered, most are runners who have full-time jobs in other career fields,” Hough said. “They’re teachers, city employees, military members, etc. They come from all walks of life but share a passion for running at the highest level. The USAFM is in a strong position to be able to support local, DOD and national class runners and push-rim athletes who have trained so hard and put so much into their running. We would like to reward those efforts.”
Only applications submitted through the online elite application form will be considered and all athletes must have run on a certified course since January 1, 2018.
If your application is accepted, you will receive an e-mail with a code to register for the marathon, which takes place on September 21.
All applications must be submitted no later than September 1, 2019. Applications can be found here.