If you’ve even heard of the Air Force Marathon — and chances are good you haven’t — you might be quick to dismiss it. Especially after you find out it’s in, um, Ohio.
While it may not enjoy the dramatic location or running world prestige as that other military marathon, organizers say the Air Force Marathon — like the service itself — is “younger and hotter” and just as worthy of a spot on your big race bucket list.
“Everyone knows about the Marine Corps Marathon, but we’re just as good, easily,” says Rob Aguiar, Air Force Marathon race director at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base just outside Dayton, where the race is held every September. “We’re pretty darn good.”
That’s big talk for a relatively little race, but Aguiar says he knows some things you may not.