The Soldier Marathon is typically held on the first Saturday after Veterans’ Day. This year, Veterans’ Day falls on Saturday, November 11th, 2017. In order to reserve this holiday to acknowledge our veterans, the race will be held on the following weekend- Saturday, November 18th, 2017. Registration is now open, and we can’t wait to see you there!
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Thanks from the Soldier Marathon Team
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TO: ALL RUNNERS
The Soldier Marathon team of volunteers has been busy planning the 2016 Soldier Marathon and is excited about seeing you at the Race. Our registration numbers are strong once again and again we have a stellar lineup of sponsors. Your participation as a runner with the sponsors’ support allows the Soldier Marathon to fulfill its mission of saluting our soldiers and giving runners a great experience.
We are pleased that the National Infantry Museum will be the presenting sponsor of the 2016 Soldier Marathon. The National Infantry Museum is the venue for our Race and we are especially proud that the National Infantry Museum has recently been selected in a USA Today survey as the number one free public museum in America. In addition, Trip Advisor reports the National Infantry Museum as the top rated destination in Georgia.
We are pleased the W.C. Bradley Company and TSYS are the sponsors of the Soldier Half Marathon and that USAA is the sponsor of the Soldier 5K Race. We are also pleased the Columbus Cottonmouths Hockey Team is the sponsor of the Soldier Kids Marathon.
Our Race day is Saturday, November 12, 2016. The start of the Race is 8:00 a.m. for the Marathon and Half Marathon. The Soldier 5K Race will start at 8:15 a.m. All Marathon, Half Marathon and 5K runners will queue up together at the start line on Heritage Walk (the Avenue of Flags) at the National Infantry Museum, with the Marathon and Half Marathon runners lining up towards the band stand near the parade field behind the start line and the 5K runners queuing up towards the Infantry Village behind the start line.
On Friday, November 11, 2016, registration begins at 11:00 a.m. and runs until 7:30 p.m. At 5:30 p.m. our Kids One Mile Fun Run completes the Soldier Kids Marathon. Our pasta dinner begins at 6:00 p.m. and ends at 7:30 p.m. It’s a wonderful meal prepared by Valley Hospitality for the National Infantry Museum and is well worth the cost of the meal.
A new feature for the 2016 Soldier Marathon is the Memorial Mile presented by Mercedes Benz. The Mercedes Memorial Mile will be lined with 150 American flags between Mile 9 and Mile 10 along Water Works Road on the course. This display of American flags will be very dramatic and patriotic.
Our Fallen Hero Program will be presented this year by CB&T Bank and will be incorporated into the Memorial Mile. Runners will have the opportunity to run in honor of a fallen hero. Over 330 soldiers from Georgia and Alabama have paid the ultimate sacrifice in the service of their country since 2001. The Soldier Marathon says “You Are Not Forgotten” to these fallen heroes. The names and photos of these fallen soldiers will be on boards at registration and at the beginning of the Memorial Mile to remind us of their service and great sacrifice on our behalf.
The first 7 miles of both the Soldier Marathon and the Half Marathon course will be on Ft. Benning, Georgia the same route as last year. Most of the rest of the course is on the Riverwalk. The Half Marathon runners will turn at Mile 10 (the Water Works facility) to return to the National Infantry Museum. The Marathon runners will continue on the Riverwalk to Uptown Columbus and the TSYS building where they will run across the 14th Street Pedestrian Bridge into Phenix City, Alabama. Runners will run on the Phenix City Riverwalk for half a mile before they will turn around and return over the 14th Street Pedestrian Bridge to the Columbus Riverwalk and to the National Infantry Museum.
With safety of the runners being so important to all of us, we decided the Riverwalk is not wide enough on the full Marathon course to allow both runners and hand crank participants. The same safety concern does not exist for the Half Marathon course since it is a loop course and hand crank participants are welcomed on the Soldier Half Marathon course.
We have also reviewed security measures for our Solder Marathon Races with our local law enforcement and emergency services. The Ft. Benning Military Police, Columbus Police Department and Phenix City Police Department have assured us the necessary precautions will be taken to provide for the safety and security of our runners at the National Infantry Museum and along the Race course. We also will have medical services available at the start/finish line and along the course. Please be prepared for bag searches and screening. We will provide you a clear plastic bag in which to place your dry clothes for Race day so that you will not have to bring your own bag to the Race. Backpacks and personal bags will not be permitted to be stored during the race in the dry clothes storage area. Also, pets are not permitted at the Race site, even on lease, so please do not bring your pets to the Race. We also will provide you a wrist band to wear once you’ve cleared the security check point. We are asking all runners and spectators to wear these wrist bands to let us know that you’ve cleared a security check.
Parking on Race day will be in several locations around the National Infantry Museum. The parking lot of the National Infantry Museum will be filled with cars from the Ft. Benning Road entrance. The Ft. Benning Road gate will be closed at 7:15 a.m. and cars will be routed to South Lumpkin Road via Torch Hill Road. Cars entering on South Lumpkin Road will park in the Dog Park parking lot, Oxbow Meadows and along South Lumpkin Road. Our team of volunteers will be directing the parking. Once the Dog Park and Oxbow Meadows parking lots are full, the cars will be directed down South Lumpkin Road to the end of South Lumpkin Road where they will turn around and then drive back towards the Museum to park on the right hand side of the road. Those cars that wish only to drop off a runner and not park will be allowed to turn around inside the Museum parking lot near the Hampton Inn Hotel where they can drop off a runner and then exit back out South Lumpkin Road. The National Infantry Museum parking lot is usually full by 7:15 a.m. and we urge runners to arrive as early as possible to prevent parking delays.
We are looking forward to an exciting 2016 Soldier Marathon, Half Marathon and 5K Races. We thank you for choosing our Race. We hope your training goes well and that the Soldier Marathon will be a meaningful experience where you reach your goals and aspirations.
My very best wishes,
At 66, Cheves will be entering the Chattahoochee Valley Sports Hall of Fame this month, not for what he did as a high school basketball player, but for what he has done later in life.
“I am absolutely stunned and humbled to even be in the same conversation as athletes I really, really respect,” Cheves said last month as he reflected on his accomplishment. “Having grown up and played ball all my life and been what I call a role player on very good teams, it almost embarrasses me a little bit to be going into a Hall of Fame with Ron Yarborough and Bill Jordan and Joe Lee Dunn and Bobby Howard and these guys that I looked up to.”
The Soldier Marathon is excited to provide the “Track Your Runner” functionality for participants friends and family! All you need is the participants bib number and/or last name! Click here to Track Your Soldier Marathon Runner!
Race Day registration is still allowed for the Soldier Marathon and Half Marathon!
Where: National Infantry Museum
When: Friday, November 6 from 11:00 am to 7:30 pm and Saturday, November 7 from 6:00 am to 7:15 am.
The remainder of this forecast hinges on the timing of this cold front this weekend. At this time on your Friday we can expect to see afternoon and late evening pop-up showers and thunderstorms.
This is all dependent upon breaks of sunshine that may increase instability late in the day. This will bring a passing shower or storm in the overnight early Saturday.
Saturday morning looks great for events right now then an outflow boundary will sweep through sometime early afternoon bringing widespread instability across the area, with showers and a few storms. I would suspect the best timing will be Noon through the rest of the afternoon. Showers and storms will begin to increase.
Not looking to be severe but a few may produce some strong winds.
In recent years the National Infantry Museum Foundation (NIMF) has enhanced security procedures with additional measures such as bag checks and metal detectors. The safety of our visitors, volunteers, staff, and collection is of the highest importance. Daily bag checks help make the process of securing the museum efficient and consistent.
Saturday 7 November, each person will receive a hand stamp after going through a checkpoint. Anyone who departs the area will be inspected upon reentering the museum campus.
Runners will receive a clear plastic bag at packet pickup. Please use this bag to check items at the bag check. We encourage you to leave all other bags in the car, as we will only check-in clear plastic bags. The dimensions of the bag you will receive are 14”W x 17”H.