The 35th annual Army Ten-Miler is this weekend — did you know these facts?

Elizabeth Howe
October 09, 2019 - 12:24 pm
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The 35th annual Army Ten-Miler race is this weekend, Oct. 13, 2019 — rain, shine, or heat just like it has been for the last 35 years. Did you know these cool facts about the race? 

1. All of the profits from registration go towards Morale, Welfare, and Recreation (MWR). Since the race started in 1985, it has generated over $7.3 million for Army MWR. 

2. The race started in 1985 as a small morale event for military personnel at the Pentagon — and has grown to a 35,000-person event. 

3. The number of racers is limited to 35,000. Since 1985, approximately 420,478 runners have participated. 

4. 900 teams participate in the race from military installations across the globe. However, North Carolina has one of the highest percentages of participation — 4.5 percent of all 2018 runners were from North Carolina. 

5. No Army Ten-Miler has been hotter than the 2017 race when temperatures had topped 80 degrees by 6 a.m. Humidity was measured at 85 percent. Thirty-nine runners were taken to hospitals in Arlington and D.C. and the course was rerouted to shorten it by a mile in efforts to reduce heat injuries. 

6. The Army Ten-Miler is the third-largest road ten miler — in the world.

7. General registration for the race typically opens mid-May — and sells out within 4 to 6 days. General registration for the 2012 race sold out in 9 hours. 

8. More than half of all the race participants are active duty, Reserves, National Guard, retired, veteran, military family members, or Department of Defense civilians. 

9. Close to 100,000 individuals are expected to visit the Army Ten-Miler Expo at the D.C. Armory over the two-day event.

10. The event records for the Army Ten-Miler are both from the 2010 race. Alene Reta ran the ten miles in 47 minutes and 10 seconds for the males and Aziza Abate finished in 55 minutes and 54 seconds for the females.

Good luck to all runners!

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