26th Annual Army Ten-Miler set to run Oct. 24 



The 2010 Army Ten-Miler, the third largest 10-mile race in the world, is set for Oct. 24 in Washington.

Produced by the U.S. Army Military District of Washington, over 30,000 military and civilian runners from around the world are expected to compete for top individual and team honors in this traditional Army athletic event.

As in the past, the race will immediately precede the three-day Association of the United States Army Annual Meeting and Exposition at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center Oct. 25-27.

AUSA, now in its 60th year, has supported this premier Army athletic competition – known for its "Tradition of Excellence" – since its inaugural race in 1985.

Race officials plan to open online registration at www.armytenmiler.com on April 1, and have confirmed that this year’s field will again be capped at 30,000 runners.

The 2009 race sold out in a record six days so runners are encouraged to monitor the registration count on the race Web site and register early according to Jim Vandak, the race director.

As in the past, installations will be able to register their soldier team[s] and pre-pay for up to eight entries per team. The deadline to register pre-paid entries is Sept. 3, and a team captain can register up to four teams.

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Crossing the finish line is a great feeling. The 2009 Army Ten-Miler sold out in a record six days. Runners are encouraged to monitor the registration count on the race Web page – www.armytenmiler.com – and register early. 

"The mission of the Army’s race is to produce a world class race for runners, promote the Army and support fitness and morale," Vandak said.

Adding, "Last year 97 percent of survey respondents gave the Army Ten-Miler a good or excellent rating, and 98 percent said they would run again. We expect the 2010 race to continue this ‘Tradition of Excellence.’"

Vandak also emphasized that all proceeds from the Army Ten-Miler go to soldier and soldier family morale, welfare and recreation (MWR) programs.

The race’s two-day packet pick-up and EXPO will be held at the D.C. Armory again this year on Friday, Oct. 22, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and on Saturday, Oct. 23, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Located at 2001 East Capitol Street across from RFK Stadium in Washington, the armory is accessible from the Stadium/Armory METRO Station on the Blue and Orange lines.

The race EXPO, that is free and open to the public, will feature over 70 vendors with health and fitness products and services, special clinics, music, static displays, and much more.

Free parking will be available to runners and the public during EXPO hours in armory parking lots 1, 2, and 3.

The Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, Va., will serve as the headquarters hotel for this year’s race. The hotel is located near the Pentagon, on the METRO Blue and Yellow Lines, and is one mile from Reagan National Airport.

The hotel will offer a special room rate for runners, and online reservations will open in April. The Army Ten-Miler room block always sells out, so runners are encouraged to make their reservations early, race officials said.

"The hotel will also host the popular pre-race GEICO Pasta Dinner with a hearty all-you-can-eat pasta buffet and robust esprit de corps for all who attend," Vandak said.

The United States Army’s noncommissioned officer leadership will be featured at the dinner.

Last year, the Pasta Dinner sold out in three days.

Race officials have increased seating capacity to 1,200, but encourage runners to purchase their dinner tickets early because an early sellout is expected again this year.

Acclaimed for its fast, scenic course that passes national landmarks and monuments throughout our nation’s Capital, the Army Ten-Miler is the only running event to start and finish at the Pentagon.

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 race, visit www.armytenmiler.com.

The Lead Sponsors for the 2010 race are the Association of the United States Army and KBR, an AUSA sustaining member.

The Army Ten-Miler offers a variety of sponsor packages for organizations to achieve their business objectives and to support soldiers and their families. For more information on Army Ten-Miler sponsorship opportunities contact Elaine Kash at (202) 685-1995, or elaine.kash@jfhqncr.northcom.mil.

Race sponsors at press time include:

Lead Sponsors: AUSA and KBR

Major Sponsors: GEICO, PriceWaterhouseCoopers, Navy Federal Credit Union, DRS Technologies, Health Net Federal Services, Dell Federal