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Virtual USAF marathon runners cross the chalk in Knoxville

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Airmen assigned to the I.G. Brown Training and Education Center in East Tennessee and their families cheered for each other at the Knoxville Greenway on September 19 during the full, half, 10K, 5K, and 1K race of the Virtual Air Force Marathon.

TEC’s Morale Committee sponsored the event as a means to get together outdoors safely during the pandemic and to celebrate the Air Force’s birthday.

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Commentary: Keep running for America

Do you believe that running marathons can help the Air Force defeat terrorism?

The Air Force has the richest concentration of runners across the board than most employers in the nation, maybe the world. The total Air Force active duty, Reserve Command, and Air National Guard’s 500,000-plus service members all run 1.5 miles for their physical fitness tests. Still, we also have within that a subculture of marathoners who run for charities and personal goals. Or maybe we are “crazy,” like some tell us on the flightline.