Due to increased COVID-19 transmission rates both locally and statewide, the in-person Air Force Marathon has transitioned into a virtual event.
WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio - Due to increased COVID-19 transmission rates both locally and statewide, the in-person Air Force Marathon has transitioned into a virtual event.
The decision was made to protect the health and safety of over 20,000 participants, volunteers and guests. The race, which had been scheduled for Sept. 18, will now offer a virtual option, similar to 2020.
“We have watched, wrestled and worked continuously over the past few weeks to determine how to best execute the marathon this year,” said Col. Patrick Miller, 88th Air Base Wing and installation commander. “To ensure the health and safety of all participants due to the continued high transmission rate of COVID-19 within our surrounding communities, we have decided to transition to a virtual event. Although this decision may be discouraging for some, it was made with the best intentions for all.”
This year would have marked the 25th annual event with more than 11,000 runners from all 50 states and many different countries.
For registrants, there will be a number of options available, from running virtually or deferring to requesting a refund. Further details on this year’s virtual race will be forthcoming.