FAIRBORN, Ohio (WDTN) – Runners have been training for months for Saturday’s 20th United States Air Force Marathon.
2 NEWS Reporter Jordan Bowen spoke with organizers about the race’s impact on the economy.
Last year’s Air Force Marathon brought a total of $14 million to the local economy. It’s an impact that local businesses have come to depend on.
This year, officials expect 30,000 people will travel to the area for the event. A total of 15,500 runners are taking part in the event. Runners coming from all over the world. All 50 states and over 17 different countries will be represented here this weekend.
The race began in 1997. Since then Colonel Bradley McDonald says it has grown significantly.
“As a person who has participated in the second one back in 1998. We have 1,500 runners, now we have 15,500 runners that are participating in this event. We’re excited to partner with folks such as Wright State University and the communities surrounding us and the Miami Valley writ-large,” McDonald said.
Runners also ran a 5K race Friday night. Saturday’s marathon kicks off at 7:30.