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Armed Forces Half Marathon

Sat 25th May 2019
Todos Santos Plaza, 2175 Willow Pass Rd, Concord, CA 94520, USA

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  • Hilly
  • Mixed
  • Trails
  • Flat
  • Finisher’s medal
  • Finisher’s t-shirt
  • Race packs collected on the day

From the organizer

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The Armed Forces Half Marathon began in 2016, and recently added the new Base to Plaza 12K (coming in 2019). This event draws runners from around California and beyond to celebrate the lives of the actively serving members of the armed forces, those that have retired, and those that have fallen while in the line of duty. This event honors a branch of the service each year. In 2019, we will be honoring the United States Coast Guard.

Come and enjoy the live music and post race festival at Todos Santos Plaza, or see for yourself, the massive 5-inch commemorative finishers medal that the half marathon runners receive, or come and run and see first hand the Naval Weapons Station that once housed our nations munitions. Run through bunker city on the Half Marathon or get bussed out to the old barracks and traverse back through the base on your way back to the plaza on the 12K course.

All of this happens May 25th 2019, the weekend we memorialize our armed forces.

Distances in this event

  1. Half Marathon

    Run 13.1mi
    6:30am Sat 25th May 2019
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  2. Base tp Plaza 12K

    Run 12km
    7:00am Sat 25th May 2019
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Where could you finish?

We’ll work out your time based on past results, elevation and terrain.

Course Maps
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What’s Included
    • A Custom Race Day T-Shirt honoring a branch of the Armed Forces.
    • Sponsor items especially designed to increase your race day enjoyment. (Generally valued at $30-$40).
    • Access to the post race festival area where our sponsors and local vendors will have even more give-aways for you.
    • A great post race experience in a great park with live entertainment and several top notch sponsors and vendors in downtown Concord.
    • When you come across the finish line, a custom 5-inch finishers medal memorializing this event and honoring a branch of the Armed Forces.
    • Photos taken of you along the course and at the festival area. (some will be free and some will come with the option to purchase).
Course Details

Half Marathon
This is a fairly flat and fast out and back half marathon with two-thirds of the half marathon being run in the Naval Weapons Station. This course takes runners from the downtown Concord area up Willow Pass and into the Naval Weapons Station, formerly used as a munitions depot for several of the wars our nation fought in. Commonly referred to as Bunker City. Runners will begin their return portion of the half marathon with a small incline. It is here where runners will get an incredible panoramic view of the installation. This part of the course up until now, this has been strictly off-limits to civilians. Upon exiting the Weapons Station, runners will run back down Willow Pass and finish at Todos Santos Plaza where they will be given a commemorative medal of our armed forces and will enjoy our post race festival in the park.

The course is a relatively flat point to point run. Runners will be bussed out to an undisclosed location on the morning of the event from the start line beginning at 5:45am. This event will start at 7am in a remote corner of the once inhabited base. 12K runners will merge with half marathon runners upon exiting the base. All runners will run back down Willow Pass and finish at Todos Santos Plaza where they will be given a commemorative medal of our armed forces and will enjoy our post race festival in the park

Concord Naval Weapons Station
Concord was a military base established in 1942 north of the city of Concord, California at the shore of the Sacramento River where it widens into Suisun Bay. The station functioned as a World War II armament storage& depot, supplying ships at Port Chicago. Concord NWS continued to support war efforts during the Korean War, the Vietnam War and the Gulf War, processing and shipping thousands of tons of materiel out across the Pacific Ocean. During World War II it also had a Naval Outlying Field at the southern edge of the base. It ceased being an operating airfield after World War II.

Because of changes in military operations, parts of the Inland Area began to be mothballed, and by 1999 the station had only a minimal contingent of military personnel and contained mainly empty ammunition storage bunkers, empty warehouses, and disused support structures. In 2007 the U.S. federal government announced that the Inland Area of the Naval station would be closed. The Tidal area of the base was not scheduled for closure.
Raceday Logistics
Join us the day before, Friday, May 24th 2019, between the hours of 9am and 7pm at Todos Santos Plaza on Concord. We will have your your race day bib and shirt ready for you and can answer questions about the course as well. We will have a detailed map and what to expect on race day. We will be located on the Grant St. Side of the Plaza. Two large parking garages are located just a block away on either side of the plaza.

On the morning of the event, packets can be picked up between 5am and 6am at the same place. Please try to arrive early, the race will start sharp at 0630 hours and those who pick up their bibs late will have a late start.

06:30 - RACE START
Two Parking Garages Flank Todos Santos Park. One has 500 Stalls, the other 800. Enter each from Pacheco Blvd Concord Ave.
There are also several terrific restaurants in this town square so stick around and get to know Concord. You won’t regret it.

It takes an Army to overcome huge obstacles, and as Uncle Sam once Said, “We Need YOU.”

If you are looking for a way to get involved in this event, whether it be a volunteer for early morning set up, helping on the course, helping in the park with the post race festivities, or even clean up, we can use you.

Please send us an email to [email protected] and our volunteer coordinator will get right back to you.
For helping, we will give you a commemorative race day T-shirt.
What time does the race start?
Following the playing of taps, and then the singing of the national anthem, the sounding of the Color Guard will start this inaugural event sharp at 6:30am.

What is the time limit?
4 hour time limit, though at 3 and a half hours all runners/walkers still on the course will be subject to the same laws as pedestrians and must move to the sidewalk.

Will there be bathroom facilities?
Porta Potties will be made available at the start line, various pre-positioned locations on the course, and again at the finish line.

Can I run with a pet?
No pets are allowed on the course

Will there be refreshments on the course and after the race?
We will offer water, re-hydration drink, and snacks on the course and at the conclusion of the event.
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