The Army Ten-Miler is held every October in our nation’s capital, Washington D.C. The race is sponsored by the U.S. Army Military District of Washington and is the second largest ten-mile race in the US. The race started in 1985 by fitness officials connected with the Army Headquarters staff in the Pentagon. In the early years, it was led by staff assigned to the Pentagon with the logistic support of the Military District of Washington. Subsequently, the program was reassigned to the Military District, where it is headed by a year-round, full-time professional staff.
The route for the course is very scenic and highlights many of the great and wonderful sights that are in DC. Starting near the Pentagon (on RTE 27 to be exact) it proceeds North over the beautiful Arlington Memorial Bridge to the Lincoln Memorial, along Constitution and Virginia Avenues, continues South on Rock Creek Parkway passing underneath the Kennedy Center. The route continues along passing other highlights such as the WWII Memorial, Washington Monument, Jefferson Memorial, Air and Space Museum and National Mall and along Pennsylvania Avenue. After passing the US Capital Building, the route proceeds West at Independence Avenue and finishes up along I-395 and ending back at the Pentagon.
Not a runner? No problem! There are plenty of activities going on during the event such as a youth run, activity fair, even a pre-race dinner! The last Army Ten-Miler went down on October 20, 2013.
FINAL THOUGHTS: I have not personally run in the Army Ten Miler, but as a DC metro resident I feel a bit obligated to take part next year. How about you? Have you ever participated? Tell us about your experience!