Event History

The inaugural CMSAF James C. Binnicker Memorial 9K was held in August of 2015 at Bob Hope Village in Shalimar, Florida. The idea for the event was suggested by Airmen from nearby Eglin AFB who were participating in the Air Force Marathon. The Airmen wanted to honor CMSAF Binnicker while trainging for their upcoming marathon. Since CMSAF Binnicker served as the 9th Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force, it was only fitting the event was a 9K run.

The event expanded over the years to include a 5K run, a 5K walk, and a virtual run. Airmen from Travis AFB and Beale AFB (California) began hosting a satellite version of the 9K run in 2018.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the 2020 event is completely virtual with options for a 9K run, a 5K run, 5K walk, and 1-mile fun run for kids. The 2020 9K hosted by Airmen from Travis and Beale is also virtual.

CMSAF#9 James C. Binnicker

CMSAF#9 James C. Binnicker served as the Air Force Enlisted Village's President and CEO from 2000 to 2015. 


Binnicker believed the residents should be treated with respect and dignity. He created The Mom Rule which all employees use to this day in working with residents or making decisions for resident' cares. 

Binnicker's vision brought many additions to the Bob Hope Village campus to include the Garden of Hope, the Bob Gates Welcome Center, and Hawthorn House, an assisted living residence with an option for memory care for residents with Alzheimer's and dementia. 

Binnicker served as the 9th Chief Master Sergeant of the United States Air Force from 1986 to 1990. Read more about Binnicker by clicking below.

CMSAF Binnicker's family at the inaugural event at Bob Hope Village.

CMSAF Binnicker enjoyed visiting with Hawthorn House and Bob Hope Village residents.