by Brian Brackens
88th Air Base Wing Public Affairs
9/19/2015 - WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio -- Thousands
of runners and spectators from across the country and around the world
descended on the grounds of the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force at
Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, for the 19th annual U.S. Air Force
Marathon, Sept. 19.
Gen. Ellen Pawlikowski, commander of Air Force Materiel Command, welcomed race participants to the event.
"Yesterday marked the 68th birthday of the United States Air Force,"
Pawlikowski said. "So it is appropriate that the Air Force Marathon,
which has become a proud tradition, is celebrated right here at the
birthplace of aviation! I can't think of a more perfect venue than the
National Museum of the United States Air Force to commemorate these two
events and more than 100 years of aviation history. Thank you to
everyone who made this 19th annual Air Force Marathon possible."
The three-day event started Sept. 17 with a Sports and Fitness Expo held
at the Ervin J. Nutter Center on the campus of Wright State University.
The expo highlighted exhibits on the latest in sports, fitness, health
Pre-race activities included a Breakfast of Champions and the annual
Gourmet Pasta Dinner, held at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force
Col. John Devillier, 88th Air Base Wing and installation commander thanked the people responsible for putting on the marathon.
"This is my second year here and my first opportunity to see first-hand
all the hard work and planning that goes into creating a world class
event" Devillier said. "I'm especially thankful to the thousands of
volunteers who gave their time and energy to helping us, our sponsors
who make this all possible and the incredible support we get from the
local communities with their police, fire and emergency medical team
During the event, runners had the option of competing in the full
marathon, a half-marathon, and 10K, as well as a wheeled division.
This year's men's full marathon winner was Jason Brosseau, of Colorado Springs, Colo., with a time of 2:46:01.
Brosseau said that his determination and energy of the crowd helped him finish the race.
"My advice is don't let anything stop you," said Brosseau. "Just keep on pushing."
This year's women's full marathon winner was Elissa Ballas, of Chicago, Ill., with a time of 2:57:21.
Ballas thanked race volunteers for their support during the race.
"All of the volunteers were outstanding," said Ballas. "It can be kind
of lonely out on the course and having volunteers out there helps. Today
is my last day in the Air Force and it has been so meaningful to be
The Air Force Marathon is sanctioned by the USA Track & Field Association and is a qualifier for the Boston Marathon.
Winners are listed below. All times are unofficial at the time of this release:
-- Men's Full Marathon: Jason Brosseau, Colorado Springs, Colorado,: 2:46:01
-- Women's Full Marathon: Elissa Ballas, Chicago, Illinois,: 2:57:21
-- Men's Full Marathon, handcranked wheelchair division: David Berling, Avondale, Arizona, 1:18:50
-- Women's Full Marathon, handcranked wheelchair division: Thea Rosa, Sacramento, California, 1:41:47
-- Men's Half Marathon: Isaiah Bragg, Dublin, Ohio, 1:11:28
-- Women's Half Marathon: Anne Portlock, Bloomington, Indiana, 1:23:59
-- Men's 10K: Steve Chu, Colorado Springs, Colorado, 32:25
-- Women's 10K: Caitlin Oviatt, Dayton, Ohio, 39:35
-- Men's 5K: Tyler Sullivan, Iowa City, Iowa, 17:01
-- Women's 5K: Angela Kasten, Davison Michigan, 21:15