Time is rapidly approaching and approximately sixty-five (65) amateur radio operators are needed to support the USAF Marathon at Wright Patterson Air Force Base on Saturday, September 16, 2017 to provide the USAF Marathon Staff with emergency and logistic communications. This world class event has over 20,000 participants, volunteers, and spectators in attendance every year. This will also be the 70th Anniversary Celebration for the USAF, which was formed on September 18, 1947.
Amateur radio operators are indispensable in rapidly communicating information on runner’s locations and status, heat index settings, severe weather notifications, as well as emergencies and logistic issues. Plus, APRS is utilized to track lead runners and “tail end Charlie’s”, thus allowing race officials and emergency services to more accurately manage the race progression.
According to Robert Aguiar, USAF Marathon Race Director, the senior base leaders rely on the communication skills of our amateur radios operators and use them a as a vital resource. According to Rob, “This race would be extremely difficult if not impossible to accomplish without their support and dedication.”
Multiple races are held on this day including: 10K, Half Marathon, Full Marathon, and Wheelchair. Now is the time to volunteer for the USAF Marathon. If you will be in the Dayton, Ohio area on Saturday, September 16, 2017 and would like to take part in a world class event, please go to the USAF Marathon website at _http://www.usafmarathon.com_
(http://www.usafmarathon.com/) / and click the volunteer now link, scroll down to the amateur radio section to register. Training will be provided prior to the event.
Registration closes August 31, 2017.
If you have any questions please email:
Dave Crawford, KF4KWW
USAF Marathon Amateur Radio Lead Volunteer
KF4KWW @ ARRL.NET