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Air Force Marathon Set Sept. 19

By 1st Lt. Kimberly E. Devereux, USAF
Special to American Forces Press Service

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio, April 3, 1998 – The second annual Air Force Marathon takes place here Sept. 19.

The 1998 marathon features four forms of competition: team, individual, wheelchair and Ekiden-style relay.

The marathon begins and ends at the Air Force Museum with wheelchair competition starting at 7 a.m. Ekiden-style relay teams start their first 5-mile leg at 7:15 a.m., followed by the individual and team marathoners at 7:30 a.m. The marathon start times have been moved up an hour because of weather and runner considerations discovered during the 1997 race.

U.S.A. Track and Field certified the course. The certification number is OH97034PR.

Marathon team competition consists of five members, all running 26.2 miles. Officials use the top three times to compute the team time. On coed teams at least one of the top times must be of the opposite sex. Team categories include coed, men's and women's open, masters (age 40 and older), military, and running club.

Ekiden-style relay competition consists of four runners who each complete a portion of the course. The segments are 5, 7, 8 and 6.2 miles, in order, with runners exchanging a baton within designated zones.

All participants receive a T-shirt and patch. Participants finishing the course receive a collector's medallion. Special awards go to the overall winner; the top male and female finishers in the open, masters, grandmasters and wheelchair categories; and the three fastest male and female runners of each age group.

The deadline to register is Sept. 5. Registration fee for individual and wheelchair participants is $35 for entries postmarked before Aug. 1 or $40 after. Team fee is $175 for entries postmarked before Aug. 1, then $200 until Sept. 5. Ekiden-style relay fee is $120 for entries postmarked before Aug. 1 and $140 after.

For more information, visit the Air Force Marathon web site at http://afmarathon.wpafb.af.mil, or call (800) 467-1823. The Air Force Marathon office can also be reached at DSN 787-4350.

(From the Air Force News Service)

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