Zebulon Hanley of San Antonio is the defending men’s marathon winner (2:47.04) and Rachel Harley of Birmingham, Alabama, was the 2016 women’s winner (2:58.34).
Courtney Stroble of Yellow Springs was the only area winner last year, besting the women’s 10K field (42.50).
Former Beavercreek High School and University of Dayton standout runner Kara Storage set the women’s half-marathon record of 1:15.56 in 2011. That’s an average of 5:48 each of the 13.1 miles.
• This event draws more volunteers than a major golf tournament. More than 2,300 volunteers are expected to help run this weekend’s activities.
• The event is open to the public and free. There is ample parking, but count on walking a half mile or more to the start/finish line.
• Registration for the 2018 race weekend begins in January.
17th U.S. AIR FORCE MARATHON
When: Saturday; gates open at 5 a.m.
Where: Wright-Patterson AFB.
7:25 a.m.: Wheelchair marathon start.
7:30 a.m.: Marathon, 10K start.
8:30 a.m.: Half-marathon start.
5 p.m.: After-Party at The Greene in Beavercreek, free.
Fitness Expo: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at WSU Nutter Center.
Pasta dinner: 5:30-8:30 p.m. Friday at the national Museum of the U.S. Air Force.
5K: 6:30 p.m. Friday at the Nutter Center.