(Editors note: A previous version of this news release incorrectly stated that there would be a marathon-distance relay event. Plans for that relay event have been cancelled.)
Registration for the inaugural All American Marathon and Mike to Mike Half Marathon is underway.
Both races will take place May 4, 2014, starting in Fayetteville and ending on Fort Bragg, home of the Airborne and Special Operations Forces. Race planners are hoping for 5,000 runners for both the full and half marathons.
Runners can sign up at the event website: http://www.fortbraggmwr.com/allamericanmarathon/
The All-American Marathon and Mike-to-Mike Half Marathon will start in downtown Fayetteville at Festival Park, a four-acre concert and entertainment complex located in the heart of the city. Racers will run up Ray Avenue to Hay Street where they will run through the heart of historic downtown Fayetteville past the Market House. The route will then take runners up past Veteran’s Park and the Airborne and Special Operations Museum which is the home to the historic Iron Mike Statue. Runners will continue running up Morganton through the Historic Haymount District of Fayetteville, traveling rolling hills until reaching the All-American Freeway.
For Half-Marathoners the race course will run approximately two miles on Fort Bragg via the All-American. Half-Marathoners will exit the All-American onto Normandy and run to finish the race at the Main Post Parade Field with scenic views of Fort Bragg’s replica Iron Mike Statue.
After running on the All-American Freeway for about four miles, full marathon racers will enter the installation on Gruber Road. The race course will then lead runners past the home of the 82nd Airborne Division and past Pope Field. Marathoners will finish their course with scenic views of U.S. Army Forces Command and U.S. Army Reserve Command headquarters and past Fort Bragg’s Iron Mike statue finishing at the Main Post Parade Field.