Unveiling next year’s newest event, the History and Heritage Race Series, the Air Force Marathon aims to highlight retired aircraft that have shaped U.S. Air Force air power throughout history.

On Dec. 1, registration will open for the first race in the six-part series and the first plane will be revealed.  The six aircraft featured in the virtual race series will be revealed one at a time every other month. Participants in each race series will receive a finisher’s medal, a commemorative patch portraying the featured aircraft, and information about the aircraft and its role within the U.S. Air Force. The chosen aircraft represent six unique categories; pre-World War II, World War II, Korean War Era, Vietnam Era, Post-Vietnam Era, and Experimental. All aircraft to be featured can be found inside the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force.

While the annual Air Force Marathon, held the third Saturday in September, normally features active aircraft, this new virtual race series will allow more participants from all over the world to learn and share in this history through participation in the marathon, half marathon, 10K, or 5K from their home.

“With the Air Force Marathon occurring only once per year, we have been greatly limited in our ability to highlight the hundreds of aircraft that have come to define our great Air Force,” said Brandon Hough, director, The United States Air Force Marathon. “This new race series will allow us to honor the Air Force’s rich history and heritage by telling the story of so many more aircraft that have shaped the Air Force that we have become!”

Learn more about the History & Heritage Race Series and see detailed race information by visiting usafvirtual.com.