WASHINGTON (Sept. 26, 2012) -- The 28th annual Army Ten-Miler race is scheduled to begin in front of the Pentagon, Oct. 21, in Washington, D.C.

Hosted by the U.S. Army Military District of Washington, the race attracts more than 30,000 military and civilian runners from around the globe.

The Army's premier running event is the third largest 10-mile race in the world. The two-day Health & Fitness Expo preceding the race hosts more than 75 exhibitors and 35,000 attendees.

Race day activities include a "world class" race with elite athletes, live music, "Hooah" Tents from Army installations showing military pride, youth runs presented by Health Net, and interactive Army displays.

All race proceeds benefit Army Morale, Welfare and Recreation that supports Soldier and Soldier family programs.

This year, priority registration sold out in less than 19 hours, which beat last year's record of three days.

The highly anticipated race will start and finish at the Pentagon and the runners will pass such national landmarks as the Lincoln Memorial and the Washington Monument.

"The race continues to gain in popularity and sells out in record time year after year," said Jim Vandak, race director. "We are genuinely grateful to all of our loyal runners for supporting the Army's race. They are the true spirit of the sport."

For more information about the U.S. Army Military District of Washington or this race classic, visit www.mdw.army.mil and www.armytenmiler.com