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7 Upcoming Marathons That Take Place on Actual Airport Runways

May 6, 2013 at 3:28 PM | by | Comments (2)

We don't know about you, but the idea of running on an actual runway—while aircraft go about their usual flying business—sounds awesome. So awesome, that in fact we just finished one such 5k (on JFK's major runway) and can't wait to do it again. Thus, we did some research and discovered there are SEVEN upcoming runway runs, six in the US and one in Canada:

· Bellevue AFB 7-mile Runway Run
Where: Bellevue, Nebraska. A course through Bellevue-Offutt Air Force Base and on the runway "through a formation of Air Force planes."
Date: Sunday, May 12
Price: $30
Official site & entry form

· Long Island 9-1-1 Veterans 5K Run at MacArthur Airport
Where: Ronkonkoma, NY. A taxiway, some airport roads and Runway 33R at Long Island Islip MacArthur Airport.
Date: Saturday, June 1
Price: $30
Official site & entry form

· Toronto Pearson Runway Run 2013
Where: Toronto, Canada. Runway 06R-24L at Toronto's major Pearson International Airport. It's your choice of a 5k run or a 2k walk.
Date: Saturday, June 15
Price: $25-$60 for individuals, team pricing also available
Official site & entry form

· 5k Hawaii Marine Corps Base Runway Run
Where: Kailua, Hawaii. Or, more specifically, at the Marine Corps Base at Kaneohe, Hawaii. Run a 5k to celebrate rare opportunity to run on the flight line and runway of the Marine Corps Air Station at Kaneohe Bay.
Date: Thursday, July 4
Price: $25
Official site & entry form

· Charlotte Douglas International 5k Run/Walk
Where: Charlotte, NC. The course, on the runway at "one of the nation’s most unique locations and busiest airports," is even wheelchair and baby stroller-friendly, so everyone is welcome.
Date: Wednesday, October 23
Price: not yet available, registration hasn't begun
Official site & entry form

· O'Hare 5k on the Runway
Where: Chicago, IL. The massive O'Hare International Airport partners up with United Airlines to run a 5k course through United aircraft and on Runway 9L/27R at ORD. See photos from last year.
Date: late October (date not yet announced)
Price: $35-50 per person, but registration isn't open yet
Official site & entry form (for 2012, since 2013 isn't yet available)

· Columbia Metropolitan 5k Runway Run
Where: Columbia, SC. The Columbia Metropolitan Airport opens a runway for a 5k run and kids "fun run." You must complete the 5k in 45 minutes or you will be picked up along the course, so walking is also welcome.
Date: November 23
Price: $10 - $35 per person, but registration isn't open yet
Official site & entry form


Typical view while running on JFK's runway

[Photos: Cynthia Drescher/Jaunted]

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Not Marathons

Exactly zero of these are marathons.

Good Point

I was wondering why these were called marathons as well

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