Race Registration Opening on September 1, 2012
Temple, TX – August 28, 2012 – The Army Marathon is excited to announce its first marathon scheduled for April 21, 2013, over a point-to-point course in central Texas and complemented with a 5k run.
The marathon, produced in partnership with Scott & White Healthcare, is expected to draw thousands of runners, with a course starting in Killeen, TX near Fort Hood and ending in the nearby city of Temple, following a 26.2-mile course through Central Texas. April 21 was chosen for the inaugural to commemorate April 19th anniversary of the “Shot Heard Around The World” — the 1775 Battles of Lexington and Concord that signaled the beginning of the American Revolution.
“The Army Marathon was created to honor our soldiers, veterans and their families, and especially to help raise money and awareness for the many organizations who serve these heroes,” said Ed Bandas, president of The Army Marathon.
The organization includes an advisory council led by Lt. Generals Don
Jones, USA, Ret. and Dave Palmer, USA, Ret. to manage the charitable contributions for the event. Proceeds from the event will be contributed to qualified charities that benefit active duty soldiers, veterans, military families and survivors.
Said General Jones, “I am extremely pleased that the first Army Marathon is being run in Central Texas. With pending budget cuts we must find the resources required to provide needed services to the men and women that have and are continuing to serve this nation in uniform.”
In addition to the marathon and 5k, the weekend will include an expo at the Bell County Expo Center and finish line activities for the runners and the community at large.
Community support for the event has been overwhelming and The Army Marathon is especially proud to announce Scott & White Healthcare as a top partner and the exclusive medical sponsor for the event. Said Dr. Robert Pryor, President and CEO, “It is our privilege to provide for the health care needs of Central Texas and when members of our community undertake an inspiring task like this one, we are proud to support them as much as possible. Scott & White is committing numerous staff, resources and hours in preparation for this inaugural event.”
The Army Marathon is a 501c3 charitable organization formed to benefit our active duty and veteran service men and women and their families. The Army Marathon is not associated with the United States Army, and sponsorship of this event does not signify any endorsement by the Army, the Department of Defense, or the government of United States of America.