The staff at the Air Force Marathon along with Air Force leadership canceled the 2020 Air Force Marathon in-person events scheduled for September 17-19 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.
“We simply cannot execute the marathon in a manner where the safety and security of our runners, volunteers, staff, partners, and spectators is satisfactorily achieved,” explained Brandon Hough, Air Force Marathon director.
According to management, the decision came after conversations over the past few months with Air Force leadership, medical experts, and our event partners and having evaluated all possibilities to host the in-person event.
“However, our team has worked hard to offer numerous options to registered participants to be as accommodating as possible,” Hough continued. “For those participants who are registered, the Air Force Marathon team has thoughtfully developed three options to choose from and currently registered participants will be contacted via email with the necessary steps to take.’
‘The options include participating virtually, gifting the registration to an Airman for 2021, or deferring to a future year.
‘If you have already registered for our virtual category, you do not need to take any action.
‘Additionally, for those who have yet to register, there is still time to sign up to participate in the virtual events. More information about this decision can be found on our website and you will also find an FAQ page with answers to your virtual race and cancellation questions.
‘We understand this decision will stir many emotions, and we want all our participants to understand this decision was truly one made with heavy hearts, but with the best intentions in mind for all involved.
‘We are confident that with the support of our participants, volunteers, spectators, and partners, we will return to the start line stronger than ever. In the meantime, keep running and we are here to answer any questions you may have.
‘From the entire team at the Air Force Marathon, thank you for your continued support and understanding as we manage through this difficult decision together.” Hough concluded.