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.
Bob Jeswald, meteorologist with WRBL-TV in Columbus, Georgia, gives Soldier Marathon runners this weather update as of Thursday midnight, November 4, 2015. The weather forecast for Saturday, our Race Day, is for scattered thunderstorms and 90% chance of rain with temperatures in the mid-60’s and 70’s. Specifically Bob and I talked about the possibility of thunderstorms. Our race policy is to delay the start of the race in event of the sighting of lightning or the imminent threat of lightning. Fortunately the weather system we see is moving more north of Columbus with light rain. We will continue to monitor the weather and update runners as we get information. Cecil Cheves, Race Director.
Melissa House is not one of the runners who will have to grab a random name compiled by DiMattia. A West Point graduate who spent six years in the Army and another nine in the reserves, House lives in Midland with her husband, Col. Ed House, who retired in June.
House admits she has a love-hate relationship with running, but that the Soldier Marathon is about so much more than running to her. “It’s emotional to me,” she said. “It’s about doing something for somebody, not just me. I can do this because I’m here; they can’t.” There will be at least five names on House’s back Saturday, and she is connected to each one. Read the full story here.
Crane won’t be the only one running in the memory of a soldier who has been lost in war. Second Lt. Angie DiMattia makes certain of that. For the last five years, DiMattia has compiled a list of fallen soldiers and assembled biographical sketches of the men and women lost. As Second Lt. Angie DiMattia compiles the list this year — there are about 30 soldiers on it.
Cecil Cheves tells News 3 he believes the race is successful because of the worthy cause. According to their website, “Since its founding in 2010, the Soldier Marathon has donated over $110,000 to military beneficiaries.”
Join the Soldier Marathon Team at the annual pasta dinner!
Jacqueline Wilkins is the “jack of all trades” with a passion for medicine, running, and philanthropy. A 2014 Graduate from the Physician Assistant Program at The George Washington University, Ms. Wilkins moved to Atlanta a little over one year ago and is proud to call the Peach State her home! As a runner Pacer Jacque has completed 30 marathons in 18 different states. She is looking forward to running in the Boston Marathon for her fifth consecutive year in April of 2016. Click here to read more!
When: November 6
Where: National Infantry Museum, 2nd Floor
Time: 6:00pm – 7:00pm, Jacque Wilkins will speak at 6:30pm
Ticket Costs: $15/adults, $25/2 adults, $10/child
Tickets may be picked up at the National Infantry Museum.
On Saturday, Janet Crane who lost her only son, Spc. Jason K. Edens, on April 26, 2012, from wounds suffered 11 days earlier after being hit by small arms fire in Laghman Province, Afghanistan and about 2,000 other runners will be doing the sixth Soldier Marathon, which starts and finishes at the National Infantry Museum & Soldier Center and in the middle runs through parts of Fort Benning, Columbus and Phenix City.