I literally just heard about this race for the first time yesterday, and just have to talk about it. I will do my part from a social media standpoint to get the word out because just from reading about it, I think this race has great potential. So, May 4, 2014, will be the inaugural race. The All*American Marathon, Mike-to-Mike Half Marathon, and Marathon relay registration just opened recently, and I plan on signing up for the marathon.
The race begins at 6:30am, in downtown Fayetteville, NC. From the start at Festival Park, runners will race up Ray Ave. to Hay St., running right through historic downtown Fayetteville. From there, runners will pass Veteran’s Park and the Airborne and Special Operations Museum. This is the home of the historic Iron Mike Statue. Continuing on Morganton through yet another historic district in Fayetteville. The Haymount District. Runners will traverse gently rolling hills until reaching the All-American Freeway. After about four miles, the Full Marathoners will enter Ft. Bragg. Runners will run past the home of the 82nd Airborne Division and past Pope Airfield.
The final 16 miles on the marathon course are run on Ft. Bragg, so this is a great opportunity for non-servicemen and women to see this Army base. Race organizers are expecting a field of 5,000 runners combined for the three races. I would expect that there will be many servicemen and women from around the US taking part in the races that day. What a great way to pay tribute to them, support them, and run side by side with them.
I hope it will be a fantastic turn out. I will surely be there. I live about 45 minutes away, so it will be an easy drive for me. I am already looking forward to this inaugural event!
Be sure to follow the race on Twitter. @AAMarathon
The current price for the marathon is $75, $60 for the Half. Rates are good through December 31st. There is a discount for service members.