| Race registration for the 2009 Army Ten-Miler will open online --- www.armytenmiler.com – on Wednesday, April 1.
This year, the Ten-Miler is celebrating its 25th anniversary, and new and expanded programs will highlight the running of this historic athletic event held Oct. 4 -- the day before the opening of the Association of the United States Army’s Annual Meeting and Exposition -- in Washington, D.C., with the start and finish at the Pentagon.
Race officials announced that this year’s field will be expanded to 30,000 runners.
“Since the 2008 race sold out in a record 21 days, we looked at the logistics and felt that we could incrementally increase the runner field to allow more people to participate in this year’s 25th anniversary race,” Jim Vandak, the race director, said.
To accommodate the additional runners, the race’s two-day packet pickup and EXPO will move to the DC Armory, while the pre-race GEICO Pasta Dinner, featuring the United States Army’s noncommissioned officer leadership, will remain at the Marriott Crystal Gateway Hotel with an expanded seating capacity.
This year’s dinner will be a special event, race officials said, because the Army has declared 2009 as the Year of the NCO.
The DC Armory, located at 2001 East Capital Street near RFK Stadium in Washington, is accessible from the Stadium/Armory Metro stop on the Blue and Orange lines.
The Lead Sponsors for the 2009 race are the Association of the United States Army and KBR, an AUSA sustaining member.
Online registration for the race, pasta dinner, HOOAH tent reservations and Kids Run opens Wednesday, April 1, at www.armytenmiler.com.
Despite the increased runner field, race officials expect the race to sell out by mid-May and encourage runners and teams to sign up early to ensure entry.
Last year 99.8 percent of the runners registered online and the race closed out in a record breaking 21 days. The pasta dinner sold out in a record 16 days.
Military installations can pre-pay for team entries (no less than four, no more than eight runners) again this year.
After securing their pre-paid entries installations will have until Aug. 14 to register their final team roster for the Army Ten-Miler.
2009 Army Ten-Miler
Produced by the U.S. Army Military District of Washington, this Army tradition annually attracts runners from around the world to compete for top honors in over 27 individual and team divisions.
Acclaimed for its fast, scenic course filled with national landmarks and monuments, the Army Ten-Miler is the only running event to start and finish at the Pentagon.
Race weekend activities are open to the public and include a press conference, race EXPO with over 60 vendors, special clinics, static displays, youth activities and more.
In addition to the 10-mile race, race day festivities include youth activities, music, Army displays, HOOAH Tents, the GEICO Gecko, and much more.
For more information on the Army’s premier running event visit www.armytenmiler.com.
Race Sponsors (at press time)
- Navy Federal Credit Union
- DRS Technologies
- Health Net Federal Services