Air Force Marathon sells out in record time

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The 2012 Air Force Marathon was already destined to be the largest ever, and now it will be the quickest to sell out completely as well.

The final 50 spots for the full marathon were snapped up early May 18 to make the sell-out official.

"I'm amazed at how this race has taken on a life of its own," said Rob Aguiar, the newly-installed race director. "We raised the cap by 1,500 runners from last year and still sold out sooner."

It is still possible to get in the race by going to and visiting the section on 2012 Charity Partners. Runners can arrange to get a spot by running for one of the eight charitable organizations that still have spots.

Aguiar, who has been with the Air Force Marathon since 2008 and has served as assistant director since 2009, has watched the marathon grow from 7,400 running in 2008 to the record 15,000 field this year.

The Air Force Marathon, presented by Northrop Grumman, USAA and Boeing, will be held Sept. 15, 2012, at the National Museum of the United States Air Force here. Participants start and finish at the National Air Force Museum, and spectators are welcome at the museum or in downtown Fairborn. Other events include a half marathon and 10K to be held Sept.15. The Air Force 5K hosted by Wright State University will be run Sept. 14 at the Wright State University Nutter Center. The Sports and Fitness Expo will also be held at the Nutter Center Sept. 13-14.

(Courtesy of 88th Air Base Wing Public Affairs)