On September 20, 1997, the first U.S. Air Force Marathon was born. More than 1,600 competitors completed the marathon and received commemorative medallions. One of those individuals was an Airman named Brian from Fort Meade, Md.
Master Sgt. Brian has completed the marathon every year since and now is about to compete in the 20th U.S. Air Force Marathon, which will be held Sept. 17, 2016. The USAF Marathon is an annual endurance event held the third Saturday of September at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. First held in 1997 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Air Force, the marathon has grown into a 15,000-plus participant event. The marathon course is 26.2-miles that traverses historical places on Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, including the National Museum of the United States Air Force, Air Force Institute of Technology, Headquarters Air Force Material Command, the Wright-Patterson AFB flight line, Huffman Prairie Flying Field, and the Wright Brothers Memorial Monument.