The Army Ten Miler

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!

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7 thoughts on “The Army Ten Miler”

  1. What an awesome tradition! Soldiers who are deployed can participate by running in a Shadow Run, which is cool as well. It is also very popular–registration for this year’s run is sold out. Visitors can also attend the free Expo, which has everything from great deals on running gear to helicopters and live performances. The Army Ten Miler also has a shoe drive, hosted by the AMVETS, where they collect “gently used” running shoes. I’d like to go some time, maybe even run in it.

  2. Hi Justin,
    I haven’t made it to DC yet to run in the Army Ten Miler (I should have done it when I was at BOLC at Fort Lee in 2011, but I think we had a conflict that weekend…)
    I am very fortunate though, to have participated in the shadow run at Joint Base Balad, Iraq in 2009. I set that race as my goal a few months beforehand so I could get over my belief that I was not a runner. It was my ‘deployment goal’. I ran the race in just under 90 minutes, which for me was a huge deal, and I found out that I could run more than I thought. I ended up running a lot more races after that and even did my first half marathon in just under 2 hours. While running the race in Iraq was not as scenic as the real thing, we all felt like we were a part of the festivities, so to speak. I went straight onto my 12 hour shift afterward and am surprised I was able to function all day!
    I’ve always wanted to do the Marine Corps Marathon too. It seems like they get a lot of great participation in that race.

    1. Candace,

      Thanks for the post! Don’t feel too bad, I haven’t done the ten-miler as I also do not see myself as a “runner”. Actually my PT run has yet to break the 14:00s. There are so many good runs out there that I should, like you, set a goal and try to participate in. I always end up just doing the long 20+ miler ruck marches instead. I think it is because I feel better rucking than running. You have inspired me to look into a small running event this year in DC and participate. Thanks!
      -Justin

      1. Hi Justin,
        I ran 4 miles last night. Time to get back to where I was! Can’t live in the past and we all do stuff on deployment (like run a half marathon on a treadmill…seriously)…but I know I did it before, I can do it now, and so can you! I’ve always struggled with running. Give me some time weight lifting and I get strong really fast. But running takes me so much longer, and I have to work really hard to stay on top of my game. We should each pick a race to do this year and train for it! And no rucking! That’s how I copped out of doing the Portland Marathon a few years ago. I wasn’t ready to run it, so I decided to ruck it.
        A half marathon is totally doable and fun to run. I don’t know that I would enjoy running a full marathon.

        1. Chuck, these days, I don’t think I enjoy anything. But hopefully when I get overseas I can get back into crossfit and running. I feel my best when doing either of those, even if it hurts.

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