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Welcome to the 34th Annual Army Ten-Miler (ATM). The 10-mile road race starts and finishes at the Pentagon with a scenic course through Washington, D.C.

The ATM team wants to make sure every runner has a memorable ATM experience. In order to keep operations running smoothly, there are a few rules and policies you need to know before showing up at the race. 

Race Day Policy 

The race takes place rain or shine. No deferments. No race day packet pick-up. Entry fees are non-refundable.

Time Limit 

ATM uses the IPICO-timing system to time and score runners. Every runner's race time starts when he/she crosses the start line so no worries if it takes three minutes to get to the start.

Runners must cross the start, 10k and finish timing mats to receive an official race time and results. All runners must maintain a 15-minute mile pace or better, complete the entire course, and finish the race in 2 hours, 30 minutes to receive an official race time and results.

Slower participants will be turned at 14th Street and Independence Avenue and will not be allowed to complete the entire course. Anyone not completing the entire course will not receive an official race result.

Scoring ends at 11:30 a.m. and the finish line will close at 11:30 a.m.

 

Race Bib Policy

Race bib swapping is not allowed. Any unregistered runner that competes with a registered runner's race bib will be disqualified. If the unregistered race bib number is associated with a team, the whole team will be disqualified from the competition. ATM officials take a firm position on handing off race bib numbers due to liability issues and the adverse impact on scoring, results and awards.

Race Security 

Security Policy 

All runners/spectators entering any Army Ten-Miler (ATM) checkpoint are subject to search at all times. Those failing to comply will be denied access. Those refusing to leave will be turned over to Pentagon Police for escort off Pentagon property.

ATM reserves the right to implement security policies that it deems necessary to ensure the safety and security of all runners/spectators for the race. In the event of any security incident/crisis response, runners and spectators will follow instructions from first responders (law enforcement/security, fire, and ambulance).

  • Access to the start line: only registered runners (no spectators) with an official race bib are granted access to the start line. All runners are subject to search (no exceptions).
  • Access to race festivities: spectators/runners are subject to search (no exceptions).

RACE COURSE SECURITY INFORMATION (note: No backpacks!)

PROHIBITED ITEMS on race course:

  • Backpacks (of any type/size)
  • Personal music devices (headphones, earbuds, MP3 players, iPods, etc.)
  • Edged weapons/cutting devices
  • Firearms of any kind
  • Explosive/flammable/combustible items, materials or devices
  • Aerosol sprays (pepper or mace)
  • Strollers or baby-joggers
  • Inline or quad roller skates, skateboards or bicycles
  • Pets/animals (except disability or service canines)
  • Glass containers or bottles
  • Vulgar or obscene flags/banners/signs or clothing/attire

AUTHORIZED ITEMS on race course:

  • Fanny packs
  • Mobile phones
  • Heart rate or pace monitors
  • Watches (to include GPS or pace)
  • Small medical kits
  • Gel packs
  • Water bottles or water belts
  • Stand-alone hydration systems

Headphone Policy

The use of personal music devices is prohibited at the ATM. Running headphone-free allows you to stay alert to your surroundings. Besides the sounds of thousands of feet hitting the pavement, there are bands playing loudly at miles 2, 4, 6 and 8. Cheering Soldiers, volunteers and spectators also provide motivation. Please leave your headphones and earbuds at home or in garment check.

Runner safety is our number-one priority!

 

PENTAGON SECURITY INFORMATION (note: No backpacks!)

PROHIBITED ITEMS at the Pentagon:

  • Backpacks (of any type/size)
  • Edged weapons/cutting devices
  • Firearms of any kind
  • Explosive/flammable/combustible items, materials, or devices
  • Aerosol sprays (pepper/mace)
  • Pets/animals (except service and assistance canines)
  • Glass containers or bottles
  • Coolers of any size
  • Vulgar or obscene flags/banners/signs or clothing/attire

AUTHORIZED ITEMS at the Pentagon:

  • Mobile phones and personal digital assistants
  • Strollers & infant bags
  • Bicycles (must be walked)
  • Still/video cameras and recorders (photography of the Pentagon building is prohibited)
  • Service and assistance canines

Course Support 

 

Large mile markers and digital clocks – located every mile along the course

Water stations – located at the start, finish, and every two miles along the course

Gatorade – located every two miles along the course at the water stations

Latrines – located at the start, finish, and every two miles along the course by the water stations

First aid – at the start, finish (Pemberton Medical Tent Zone), and along the course provided by National Capital Region Medical Directorate (NCR MD) and 3rd Infantry Regiment

 

Course Entertainment

To get you pumped up and running "Army Strong," there are bands positioned every two miles along the course. You will run to the sounds of The U.S. Army Band (TUSAB) at miles 2 and 4, the popular local high school Paul VI band at mile 6, and area country recording artist the Sandy Point Band at mile 8.

 

Finish Line

Pemberton Medical Tent

The medical tent was renamed after LTC Phillip D. Pemberton, the Walter Reed Army Medical Center (WRAMC) Medical Center Brigade operations and training officer (S3). LTC Pemberton entered the Army April 20, 1979, and served the first three years as an enlisted soldier. LTC Pemberton and the staff at WRAMC were instrumental during the planning phase to support the Army Ten-Miler (ATM) and coordinating the support from D.C. Fire and EMS and Arlington County Fire and EMS.

LTC Pemberton passed away on July 29, 2007, and in honor to his memory the area bears his name as a tribute for his support.

MG Eric B. Schoomaker, commander of the North Atlantic Regional Medical Command commented, “He embodied selfless service and will be remembered for the many ways he subordinated his own ambitions and comfort to promote the welfare and safety of others.”

 

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