VIRTUAL EVENT DETAILS: 

Welcome to the "Virtual" 2020 Armed Services Marathon, 1/2 Marathon & 5K:

The COVID-19 virus has thrown all facets of life into total disarray and sadly, the Armed Services Marathon, 1/2 Marathon & 5K has also fallen victim in not being able to hold a live event. Armed Services (fka: Oktoberfest) has been a long running favorite for many, offering lots of amenities in addition to a great venue and course. It's our desire to make "YOUR" event very enjoyable as well. 


How this works:

All of our event classifications and distances remain the same as our live event. These include a full marathon, 1/2 marathon and 5K. YOU choose where and when YOU do YOUR event. Most will simply use their "home" familiar training grounds. The window to complete YOUR event will take place from the week before, the week during and the week after our originally planned date of September 26. This allows you 3 weeks to complete YOUR event. Once you've completed YOUR event, you can submit your performance to our timer's (Epic Race Timing) results page page via the link provided below. In order to accurately record your results, we'd encourage you use a Garmin, Strava, Timex, Suunto, Apple Watch or other brand GPS recording device. You can also use an "app" such as Run Keeper or similar app. We will also determine your placement in gender, age group and overall. The race classifications and distances are shown below:

  • Full Marathon:       26.2 Miles
  • 1/2 Marathon:        13.1 Miles
  • 5 K (Kilometers)      3.1 Miles


What's Included:

At the conclusion of the virtual event, we will mail to you your race items. This will include:

                                                                                                                                                            FULL        HALF         5K

  • Official event LONG sleeve "tech" shirt:                                                                                       X               X              X
  • Official event completion certificate:                                                                                             X               X              X
  • Official event finisher medal:                                                                                                        X               X
  • Official event neck gator:                                                                                                              X
  • Official event age group or overall placement award certificate:                                                  X               X              X               


Registration:

If you've already registered for the live event, you'll be sent a FREE COMP code to re-register for YOUR virtual event and there is NO cost. You need to complete the "new" registration form and sign the "Virtual Event" waiver. IF YOU DON'T RE-REGISTER, YOU WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED AS A REGISTERED PARTICIPANT. If you are not already registered and would like to register for YOUR event, the fees are shown below:

  • Full Marathon:          $55
  • 1/2 Marathon:          $45
  • 5K:                           $30

To register online, please click here:   


          

​To register by mail, please click here:



Run Courses:

When it comes to the running courses, you have options. You can choose to do YOUR event outdoors or indoors, if you prefer a treadmill. If you choose to do YOUR event outdoors, YOU pick the run course that YOU are most comfortable with. Most participants will participate at their own familiar training grounds.


SAFETY IS PARAMOUNT:

  • Run Safety:
    • ​Do not wear earbuds, headphones or any type of listening device. (You really need to hear and be aware of your surroundings)
    • Never assume vehicular traffic will yield to you the right of way
    • Stay fueled and hydrated
    • Wear bright colored and weather appropriate clothing     


IMPORTANT REMINDERS:

  • As this is a virtual event, YOU are selecting YOUR course for YOUR use. Make sure YOU exercise good judgment in all areas of YOUR event. Armed Services Event is NOT providing security, volunteers, aid stations, law enforcement, road and/or trail/sidewalk maintenance, nor medical services for YOUR event.
  • We also suggest you do YOUR event in low peak (not busy) times and locations (ie: when and where there's less vehicular traffic)
  • Please note that YOU are responsible if YOU cause any bodily injury and/or property damage to any individual, property owner, business or governmental agency. 


Results:

Once you have completed YOUR event, you can click on the link below for results. This link takes you to the Results page of our timer, Epic Race Timing. You will find your name, click on the "Edit Time" and be taken to a page where you enter your times and upload your the link to your GPS device or app so that your times and distances can be validated. Final results and placements will be determined at the end of the 3 week period of the event. In order to qualify for awards, you MUST validate your times and distances with a GPS device or app. 



Have Fun and be Creative:

While a virtual event is not the same as a live event, it can still be very fun. While you're not shoulder to shoulder with fellow competitors, you're still racing against everyone in your gender and age group. We would love to see your creative side that you show from YOUR event. Take and share photos and/or videos. Create your own "START" and/or "FINISH" line. Show your cheering section supporting you. Who has the most creative apparel? How creative can YOU be?


​Make Sure You're Healthy to Race:

In light of the COVID-19 virus, please make sure that you're healthy and not infected with the virus. Also, please follow CDC guidelines with regard to avoiding and preventing the spread of the virus. For more information from the CDC, please click on the button, below:




Additional Questions:

We're always available and happy to answer any questions you might have. You can reach us by using the "CONTACT US" tab on the home page of this event website.