The Army Ten-Miler has been a highlight for the running community since 1985 in Washington, D.C.

But because of the pandemic, this year’s version of the third largest 10-mile race in the world is different.

Registration opened last week for the virtual edition 36th annual Army Ten-Miler scheduled Oct. 11-18. Runners are encouraged to register on www.armytenmiler.com. They can find Army Ten-Miler on the Active Experience App at https://active.app.link/ArmyTenMiler.

“Registration is now open. Train at your own pace, run in your own town,” the Army Ten-Miler organizers said in an email sent July 21 to past participants. “The 36th annual Army Ten-Miler is now available for runners to participate, virtually.”

Harry Hobbs coaches Redstone’s Ten-Miler Team which has won 13 straight championships in the government agency division and 11 consecutive titles in all-comers. The Redstone runners have earned 24 eagle trophies since 2007.

“Number one it’s all about safety,” Hobbs said of the virtual edition. “We have to do what is safe. It’s a small price to pay to keep 36,000 runners safe. As difficult as it is to not participate in the greatest 10-miler in the country, we have to do what is safe for all runners that would normally participate in the Washington, D.C., event. We have to do what’s safe, it’s just that simple.

“We appreciate the many years of the Army Ten-Miler organization and all the work they put forth into hosting the event each year. And we look forward to defending our titles in 2021.”

Hobbs added his thanks to the Association of the U.S. Army, the Garrison and its Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation for supporting the team through the years. “We couldn’t win the titles without their dedicated support,” he said.

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