The Army Marathon FAQ

Registration Questions

  • Is The Army Marathon a Boston Qualifier?

    Yes! The course has been certified by the USTAF; the certification is TX12213ETM.

  • Is The Army Marathon open to the public?

    Yes! Civilian and military participants are welcome in all events.

  • What are the registration fees?

    Registration costs and information for all three events may be found here: Register Here.

    For The Army Marathon, registration through March 31, 2014 is $65.00. Thereafter,

    April 1 – September 30 $75.00
    October 1 – November 14 $85.00
    November 15 – December 31 $95.00
    January 1 – February 14 $105.00
    February 15 – February 26 $115.00
    Expo Pricing (Feb 27-28) $125.00

  • What do I get for my registration price?

    Each participant receives a shirt and runner’s packet at the Expo, plus the opportunity to pick up last-minute racing merchandise and meet our sponsors and charities. Every finisher (within the stated course time limit) receives a medal. There will be water stops on the course and food and beverages at the finish line. Merchandise and additional vendors will be in the finish line/festival area.

    Date to make sure you get a participant’s shirt in your size: February 3, 2015.

  • May I register in person?

    Not until the Expo, and only then if capacity in your selected event has not been reached. We suggest you register in advance through our online registration system. Register here.

  • May I register on the race day?

    No. There is no race day registration.

  • Do you allow walkers in The Army Marathon?

    Yes, walkers are encouraged as long as they are able to complete the course within the course time limit of seven (7) hours. Important: To ensure the safety of everyone, participants who have not passed Mile 15 by 1110 hours or Mile 20 by 1230 hours will be picked up by a race vehicle and transported to the finish line area. The Army Marathon course will have staged closings for seven hours. That’s a 16 minute per mile pace.

  • Will there be a wheeled division in The Army Marathon?

    Yes! We are excited to be able to include a wheelchair and hand cycle division. Wheeled participants must wear helmets and use racing style wheelchairs. Please review the full rules here: Army Marathon Wheelchair & Hand cycle Guidelines

  • Are recumbent bikes permitted in The Army Marathon?

    No. Only hand cycles and proper racing wheelchairs are permitted in the events.

  • Is there an age limit to be eligible to participate?

    Yes. You must be 18 years of age as of March 1, 2015 to be eligible to register for the full marathon. This age limit is based on advice from the International Marathon Medical Directors’ Association. For the full article, click here: Children and Marathoning:How Young Is Too Young?

  • Is there a limit to field size?

    The Army Marathon is limited to 1,000 runners.

  • What are typical race day temperatures in Bell County?

    Temperatures in Bell County generally are moderate. The average low is 42F and the average high is 63F.

  • Could bad weather or other issues cause cancellation of the races?

    Extreme conditions, such as active lightning in the area, ice or snow, could cancel the race. Other situations, such as power outages or County emergencies, could cause delay or cancellation. In the event of any disruption of the event schedule, participants will be notified by Facebook and/or Twitter.

  • What if something happens once the races have started?

    If extreme weather or an emergency situation arises that causes race officials to call the races, participants will be notified on the course by race officials and/or police and emergency personnel. To the extent practicable, participants will be picked up from the course and taken to the finish line area to board buses or directly to the parking areas.

  • If an event is cancelled, will refunds be allowed? What about deferrals to another year?

    No. If the event is cancelled or called due to other emergency condition, no refunds or deferrals will be made.

  • May I switch my registration to another distance?

    If you need to switch, please refer to the instructions on your race confirmation email. All changes must be completed by February 3, 2015. If you are moving to a shorter distance race, note that we cannot refund the difference back to you.

  • Can I transfer my registration to another person?

    If you need to transfer, please refer to the instructions on your race confirmation email. All changes must be completed by February 3, 2015. A $10 change fee per transfer will apply. Questions should be emailed to info@thearmymarathon.com. All requests are subject to availability and no refunds of original registration fees will be made.

  • Can I defer my registration to another year?

    We cannot defer registration to a future event.

  • I have been issued orders to deploy, and I have already registered and paid to participate in The Army Marathon. Can I get a refund?

    Refunds will be given to individuals who have deployment orders that will prevent them from participating in the event. Please contact us for requirements and additional details. Requests must be received at The Army Marathon office by February 28, 2015 to receive a refund.

Expo & Packet Pickup

  • When and where is the Expo?

    The Army Marathon III Expo and Packet Pickup will be at the Frank W. Mayborn Civic & Convention Center, 3303 N Third Street, Temple, TX 76501 (on the north side of Temple, just of I-35). [Get Map]

    Hours for the Expo are:
    Friday, February 27 from 1500 hours to 1900 hours
    Saturday, February 28 from 0900 hours to 1800 hours

  • Where and when is on-site registration and packet pick up?

    Registration and runner packets will be available during the Expo on Friday and Saturday, February 27 and 28, 2015. See times above. The Army Marathon regrets that it will be unable to provide race packets following the event.

    There will be no registration on March 1 for any race. In the event of late arrival or accident, preregistered participants seeking bib and packet pickup on Sunday morning must contact (254) 654-3119 BEFORE 1700 HOURS on Saturday, February 28, 2015, to have a bib number assigned. Bib numbers must be picked up prior to 0630 hours at the Information Booth located at the start line in Killeen for the full marathon.

  • Do I have to pick up my packet in person?

    Your Army Marathon bib and packet may be picked up by a family member or friend if you give them a copy of your driver’s license and a statement signed by you indicating your permission for them to pick up your items. The Army Marathon cannot be responsible for reissuing a bib number if your bib and packet are not provided to you. No pick up by proxy will be permitted on race morning.

  • What can I expect at the Expo?

    In addition to picking up your bib number and packet, you will be able to view merchandise and services. You can meet our sponsors’ and charities’ representatives and in general, get set for a great race day.

Race Day

Race Etiquette

The Army Marathon draws a high percentage of first-time runners. For everyone’s safety (and peace of mind), please take a few moments to review the Race Etiquette page. The Golden Rule lives!

  • What is The Army Marathon course?

    The Army Marathon III will run from Killeen, just outside Fort Hood, Texas through Harker Heights, near Nolanville, through Belton and finish in Temple. For safety, the course will be well marked and patrolled by local law enforcement and Army Marathon volunteers. Please check the course map and description: 2015 Marathon Course Map2015 Course Profile

  • Where does The Army Marathon start and finish?

    The start line is located at the Killeen Civic and Convention Center. The finish line is in Temple on Hilliard Road, just south of Airport Road.

  • What is The Army Marathon race start time?

    The Army Marathon III will start at 0700 hours on Sunday, March 1, 2015 at the Killeen Civic and Convention Center.

    Important: Due to safety constraints, The Army Marathon start line will CLOSE at 0715 hours. Please ensure your timely arrival at the start line corrals to permit your participation in The Army Marathon.

  • Where may I park?

    Parking for The Army Marathon is available at the Killeen Civic and Convention Center. (From Highway 190 in Killeen, take the WS Young exit south to the parking lots on the right.) Buses will be provided from the finish line back to Killeen beginning at 1100 hours.

    VERY IMPORTANT: The Killeen Police Department will close down WS Young completely at 0600 hours. If you are not parked at the Killeen Civic Center by 0600, you will be diverted to another street and possibly delayed. This is to ensure maximum safety for all participants.

    Parking for spectators is near the finish line and festival area at the Pepper Creek Trail parking area, located on the Scott & White campus on Kegley Road, just south of Airport Road in Temple. Shuttle buses will run from the parking lot to the finish line and festival area beginning at 0530 hours and continuing through 1500 hours.

  • Will there be pace groups?

    The Army Marathon will not have official pace groups. Team Red White and Blue will have “Goal Runners” for the full marathon in red shirts with large goal times on the back (for example: “Goal 4:00” for the marathon). The goal runners are experienced runners and anticipate that their goal times are realistic.

  • Where are the aid stations? What can I expect there?

    There are 19 aid stations located along the marathon course, approximately every 1 to 1.5 miles. Each water stop will feature water and CeraSport, an electrolyte replacement drink. Each station will be staffed by Scott & White medical personnel. Portable restrooms will be available at each stop. Runners are advised to bring their own energy gels, bars and food. At this time, we cannot guarantee such items will be available on the course.

  • How long will The Army Marathon course remain open?

    Short answer: 7 hours.

    Longer answer: The Army Marathon will have staged closings as runners move from Killeen through Bell County to Temple. Staged or “rolling” closings are unique to point-to-point marathons and allow road re-openings in areas where runners have cleared. The course will officially close at 1400 hours – seven hours after the start. The seven-hour window represents a 16 minute per-mile pace.

    Important: To ensure the safety of everyone, participants who have not passed Mile 15 by 1110 hours or Mile 20 by 1230 hours will be picked up by a race vehicle and transported to the finish line area.

  • How early should I arrive at the race venue?

    The earlier the better! We suggest that marathoners arrive in Killeen at the start line at least one and one-half hour ahead of the scheduled 0700 start.

  • Will there be transportation from the finish line in Temple back to the starting line in Killeen?

    Yes, shuttle buses will run on a continuous basis starting at approximately 1100 hours (four hours after the beginning of the race.)

  • Are headphones allowed on the course?

    While we cannot completely ban headphones, please be aware that the course runs on some active roads. We ask that all runners be very aware of traffic conditions at all times.

  • Will there be photography along the route?

    Yes, and also at the finish line.

  • What about race timing?

    The Army Marathon is timed. Results of the race will be posted periodically in the finish area and online on Sunday afternoon.

  • Gun or chip timing?

    Chip timing will be used for official results. Age group awards will be based on gun times.

  • Will there be a clothing/gear drop at the race?

    Yes. At the Expo, you will receive your runner’s bag that will be used as your gear/clothing drop bag. You will be responsible for writing your race bib number on the bag; please do not bring bags (other than the one given to you at the Expo) to the gear drop. Please do not put cell phones, keys, money or other valuables in the gear bags. The Army Marathon cannot be responsible for lost items.

    For The Army Marathon, the gear drop will be near the start line at the Killeen Civic and Convention Center. Your bag will be transported to the finish line in Temple where you may reclaim your bag with your bib number following the Marathon. Gear check-in will close at 0645 hours.

    Gear bag pick-up in the festival area will close at 1500 hours.

  • Will the clothing tossed by the side of the road or at a water stop be available at lost and found?

    No. The Army Marathon will gather all “found” clothing and donate it to a charity. Your throw-away clothing will be a charitable donation.

  • Can a non-registered participant run with me part of the way as support?

    No. All participants must be registered and have bib numbers assigned by The Army Marathon.

  • Can I push a baby stroller, use a walking stick, roller blades, or take my dog on the course?

    No, they are not permitted on the course.

  • Are there locations along the course where my group can support our runners?

    We love that you want to support the runners! Because the marathon course will be run along state roads, traffic may be a bit congested in some areas. When choosing a location to cheer on the runners, please consider both your safety and theirs. With that in mind, we suggest the following as great locations:

    • Anywhere prior to Mile 8
    • Safe areas along FM 439 and 2305 (West Adams Avenue)
    • FM 2271 (some areas will be closed to traffic, so plan to park nearby and walk to the course)
    • The finish line, of course!

    Please – for your safety – always be aware of the runners. Please be careful not block other runners while cheering for and inspiring yours!

Awards & Festival

  • What will we find at the finish line?

    A great celebration for our runners, their friends and families and most of all the veterans and service members to whom we dedicate this great event. We will be announcing details as plans are confirmed.

  • Will there be finisher medals?

    Yes, each participant who finishes The Army Marathon within the stated course time limit of seven (7) hours will receive a finisher’s medal.

  • What time is the award presentation?

    The award presentations will begin at 1100 hours for the Overall, Masters and Grand Masters winners for the races. Age Group awards will be available near the results tent.

  • What are the age groups for the awards?

    Marathon awards will be presented as follows:

    Overall – Men’s and Women’s – first, second and third places.
    Masters (ages 40-59) – Men’s and Women’s – first, second and third places.
    Grand Masters (ages 60+) – Men’s and Women’s – first, second and third places.

    Age Group Awards – Men’s and Women’s in each group – first, second and third places.

    18-19
    20-24
    25-29
    30-34
    35-39
    40-44
    45-49
    50-54
    55-59
    60-64
    65-69
    70+

    There will be no double awards; that is, if a runner places in the Overall, Master or Grand Master category, he/she will not be eligible for an Age Group Award.

  • I have to leave right after I finish. How may I collect my award if I place?

    Any award not collected after The Army Marathon III awards presentation at 1100 hours will be mailed to the address of record for the winner.

  • Will there be finisher certificates?

    Yes! We invite you to review the Results page following the event to find your time and print your certificate.

  • Will there be Unit Awards?

    The military unit with the fastest combined four finishers in the Full Marathon will receive the “Strength In Unity” Trophy that will be presented to their unit. The unit winner will be announced on our website and social media channels following the marathon. We expect the process of determining the winner to take some additional time because of the complexity of the unit group dynamics. See the trophy!

  • Will there be prize money for winners?

    No. The Army Marathon does not provide prize money to winners.

Have a question that isn’t answered here? Email us and we’ll add it to the list.