It’s a wrap. It took just 35 hours for the Army Ten-Miler to fill its 30,000 runner field – an all-time registration record breaking start, shattering last year’s registration record of six days.
On Thursday, April 1, the race registration opened at 12:01 a.m., and by 11 a.m. Friday the Army’s long-established, annual race closed its registration.
"Wow, no one expected us to sell out in 35 hours. Each year, the sprint to the registration finish line gets shorter and shorter," Jim Vandak, the race director, said.
Adding, "This testifies to the race’s popularity and its tradition of excellence. A special thanks to all our runners for supporting the race and to our soldiers."
Vandak also said that in the last four years, the sell out time for the Army’s race has gone from 44 days, to 22 days, to six days and now to just 35 hours for this year’s competition.
"Since the race continues to sell out in record time, we plan to explore other registration options for next year that may include a lottery system or early open enrollment for military personnel," Vandak said.
Registration for the Army Ten-Miler is provided by MarathonGuide.com. This year additional servers were added to handle increased registration traffic and to make sure that the online registration experience was quick and flawless for the runners.
Runners representing all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Canada, Germany, Sweden, Norway, Brazil and the United Kingdom have already secured their spots for the race, which begins and ends at the U.S. Pentagon.
More than 675 teams were registered. The majority of the teams are military and will compete for the Commander’s Cup and other top honors.
The Army Ten-Miler is distinct for incorporating the spirit of sport with its unique military culture and spirit – Blackhawk flyovers, the Golden Knights parachute team, Missing Parts in Action Teams (wounded warrior runners), operational excellence and finishers’ coins are important features of the 26 year tradition.
About the Army Ten-Miler
The 26th Annual Army Ten-Miler will take place on Sunday, Oct. 24, in Washington, the day before the opening of the Association of the United States Army’s Annual Meeting and Exposition at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.
The Army’s race is one of the largest 10-mile road races in the world. This unique athletic event has both its start and finish lines at the Pentagon.
Race weekend activities include a two-day race EXPO, fitness clinics, youth runs, post race party and HOOAH tents from Army installations around the world.
The race is produced by the U.S. Army Military District of Washington (MDW), with proceeds benefiting the Army Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) program, a comprehensive network of support and leisure services designed to enhance the lives of soldiers and their families.
The mission of the Army Ten-Miler is to promote the Army, build esprit-de-corps, support fitness goals and enhance community relations.
For more information about the race, and its weekend activities and events, visit www.armytenmiler.com.
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