When does planning for the Army Ten-Miler start? It never stops

Elizabeth Howe
October 12, 2019 - 12:21 pm
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The Army Ten-Miler is the third-largest road ten-miler in the world with a 35,000 runner cap and 1,800 supporting civilians and soldiers. So when does planning for an annual event this large start? 

It never stops. 

According to Commanding General of the Military District of Washington Major General Omar Jones, planning for next year’s race starts almost as soon as this year’s last runner crosses the finish line. 

“We will start 365 days out and I mean that in all sincerity,” Jones said. “The race will happen on Sunday and we will very quickly look at what could we do even better next year. We will start planning and continuing that coordination immediately following this year's race. Because we know there is going to be an Army Ten-Miler next year, we know it's going to be in Washington D.C., and we know the military is going to be responsible for it.”

But the military isn’t the only agency responsible for the planning, and Jones said the skillful coordination between all the different planning entities is “Army Strong.”

“What I have found in the four-plus months I've been in command, the partnerships are incredibly strong,” Jones said. “We spend a lot of time together so if there ever is a problem we’re not exchanging business cards on that day. We know each other and we know each other well.”

In addition to federal agencies and the military, local law enforcement from every jurisdiction the race passes through are heavily involved — and the course, which ends and begins at the Pentagon, passes through seven different jurisdictions.

“Representatives from all seven jurisdictions will be sitting together Sunday morning for the race making sure they are protecting all the runers, protecting the crowd, sharing awareness,” Jones said. “All seven jurisdictions will have folks out on the river, helicopters up in the air, all starting at the local level.”

“I'll be able to pick up a radio Sunday morning and talk to any of those seven jurisdictions and that's something that will help us whether it's a road race or any other critical event that happens in Washington, D.C.,” Jones said. 

Good luck to all tomorrow’s runners.

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