06 marathonThe Fayetteville/Fort Bragg sixth annual All American Marathon and Mike to Mike Half Marathon will be held Sunday, March 24, in downtown Fayetteville. A third race, the All American 5K, starts and finishes on post at the Main Post Parade Field, sharing the finish line with the full and half marathons. All registered participants will receive performance T-shirts and customized finisher medals.

Fort Bragg Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation, an organization that manages a network of activities and leisure services designed to serve the needs, interests and responsibilities of the Army community, hosts the events. MWR programs enhance the quality of life for military and family members with youth and recreation programs, sports, entertainment, travel and leisure activities.

A pre-race health and fitness expo will be held at The Metropolitan Room in downtown Fayetteville on Friday, March 22, from 4-8 p.m. and Saturday, March 23, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Information packets will be available for pick-up during the fitness exposition.

All American Marathon runners will depart Festival Park and run up Ray Avenue to Hay Street, where they will run through the heart of the historic downtown area, past the Market House. The route will then take runners past Freedom and Veterans Parks and the Airborne & Special Operations Museum, which is home to the historic Iron Mike Statue. Racers will run through the Haymount District of Fayetteville, traveling rolling hills until reaching the All American Expressway.

After running along the All American for about 4 miles, participants will enter the Fort Bragg installation via Gruber Road. The race course will then lead runners past the home of the 82nd Airborne Division and past Pope Army Airfield. Marathoners will finish the course with scenic views of Forces Command Headquarters and Fort Bragg’s Iron Mike statue, ending at the Main Post Parade Field.

There will be 23 water stations along the route. All registered athletes wearing race bibs on course will be granted access to Fort Bragg during their marathon and half marathon races. Individuals who are not Department of Defense ID card-holders who wish to enter Fort Bragg before race day must go through the Automated Installation Pass process.

The All American 5K is wheelchair, walker and stroller friendly. Children may participate so long as they are registered runners. Children in strollers do not have to pay a registration fee. The 5K race on post begins at 7:30 a.m. 

Courtyard by Marriott at 4192 Sycamore Dairy Rd. is the host hotel. It is located 5 miles from the start line and 7 miles from finish line. Rooms cost $89 per night. Pre-race and post-race shuttles will be provided.

All runners who complete the races within the seven-hour time limit will receive finishers medals. The All American Marathon and the Mike to Mike Half Marathon begin at 7 a.m. at Festival Park. The 5K race begins at 7:30 a.m. at the Main Post Parade Field on Fort Bragg. Register for any of the races at active.com.

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