Army 10-miler goes virtual for first time

Fort Lee’s Jarad Klaus crosses the finish line at the 35th Army 10-Miler race held on Oct. 13 last year in the Washington metro area. Klaus placed 137th out of more than 35,000 runners. The Fort Lee participants finished in the top 30 overall.

WASHINGTON – The 36th edition of the world’s third-largest 10-mile road race will be held as a virtual event this year in support of DOD and local government health measures to minimize the spread of COVID-19.

Those who register can run the Army 10-Miler in their local area anytime between Oct. 11 and 18. Organizers are encouraging the posting of military member participation videos to their personal or unit Facebook pages with the tag #RunArmyRunStrong.

“The annual Army 10-Miler is a demonstration of the service’s commitment to readiness, fitness and our communities. (It’s also) a symbol of our dedication to the health and safety of the entire Army family,” observed Maj. Gen. Omar J. Jones, U.S. Army Military District of Washington commander.

“Army operations around the globe never cease,” he added, “and our Soldiers are trained and ready to win in any environment. This year’s Army 10-Miler embodies that ethos while safely bringing the opportunity to participate to your hometown.”

Matt Zimmerman, race director, said there will be a cap of 25,000 participants this year. Early bird registration began July 21 at a reduced rate of $54. After Aug. 21, the fee will increase to $59. Those successfully entered will be shipped a long-sleeve runner shirt, a race bib, calendar, and a commemorative ATM Finisher coin.

Runners may register at armytenmiler.com. For the latest news and information via social media, follow the Army 10-miler at Facebook.com/armytenmiler@ArmyTenMilerATM on Twitter and @armytenmiler on Instagram. Don’t forget to tag Army Ten-miler in your training and virtual race posts using #RunArmyRunStrong.

The Army 10-Miler is conducted by the Military District of Washington. Historically, it has always started and finished at the Pentagon with a course that travels through the Washington, D.C., metro area.

Recent events have attracted more than 35,000 runners and 900 teams from around the world. The Army 10-Miler “exemplifies the spirit of sport and the spirit of our nation,” according to its organizers.

Participants include military, civilians, wheelchair athletes and wounded warriors. The Army 10-Miler’s mission is to support Army outreach, build morale and promote physical fitness.

All race proceeds benefit Army Family and MWR programs.