Army Ten-Miler sells out in record six days
April 9, 2009
WASHINGTON (Army News Service, April 9, 2009) - The 25th Army Ten-Miler sold out in a record six days, shattering the 21-day record sell-out established last year.
In the first 24 hours of registration -- which began April 1 -- 14,696 runners secured a spot in the race. In addition, the field for the race was increased to 30,000 runners this year; up from 26,000 last year.
"After the first day, we knew the field would sell out fast, but we didn't expect six days," said race director Jim Vandak. "The Army Ten-Miler has a tradition of excellence and we are pleased that so many runners have chosen to join us on Oct. 4, for this premier Army race," he commented.
The Army Ten-Miler attracts participants from all 50 states, the District of Columbia and 12 countries including: Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland and the Netherlands. More than 550 teams have registered for the team competition to compete for top honors in 25 divisions. U.S. military teams will compete for the Commander's Cup and its associated bragging rights.
Runners who missed registration still have an opportunity to compete in this year's Army Ten-Miler through the online transfer process which allows a registered runner to transfer his/her race entry to an unregistered runner. Historically, more than 1,200 runners gain entry into the race through this process.
The transfer process opens May 15 and runs until Aug. 14. Sellers are responsible for finding buyers and determining payment terms. There is a small administration fee associated with the transfer.
The Army Ten-Miler is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year on Oct. 4 in Washington, D.C. This unique road race has both its start and finish lines at the Pentagon. Race weekend activities include a two-day race expo, fitness clinics, youth runs, post-race party and HOOAH tents from Army installations around the world.
The Army Ten-Miler is produced by the U.S. Army Military District of Washington, with proceeds benefiting Army Morale, Welfare and Recreation, a comprehensive network of support and leisure services designed to enhance the lives of Soldiers and their families.
The mission of the Army Ten-Miler is to promote the Army, build esprit de corps, support fitness goals, and enhance community relations. For more information about this race, visit <a href="http://www.armytenmiler.com"target=_blank>www.armytenmiler.com</a>.
(Nancy Brandon serves as marketing manager for the Army Ten-Miler.)