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Register Now to Actually Run on JFK Airport's Longest Runway

March 3, 2014 at 5:46 PM | by | ()

[Update: Your registration money goes to benefit the JFK Rotary Club, which donates to the Boy Scouts. Currently the Boy Scouts pursue a homophobic agenda, and we will not be running until this changes. Please consider this when deciding whether or not to run in 2014]

Have you ever wanted to walk on a major airport runway? Hopefully you never have to because of emergency circumstances (see an example of that here), but there is a legal (and safe) way to take a stroll one of New York-JFK's runways, and that's by registering for the JFK Runway Run 2014.

Okay, so its not so much a stroll as it is a full-fledged 5K race, but a portion of it does indeed include tramping on the longest runway at JFK, while aircraft are re-routed to land on a different runway during the race. Apparently the race has been around since the mid-1970s, which is pretty neat-o.

We did it ourselves in 2013. Why? Oh, just because it was, like, one of the coolest things we did all year (and we do some seriously cool stuff). See photos and read all about it.

And if that's not enough, here's even more pertinent details to convince you to run:

It is a very unique race as the main runway is actually closed to aircraft landing and taking off. Aircrafts are routed to land and take off from a secondary runway during the race. During its history the race has never been canceled. As a result of 9/11, security has become a major issue in planning the race.

The Rotary Club works very close with the Airport authorities ensure the security programs in place are strictly adhered to. Runners actually run on the longest Runway at JFK which is almost 14,000 feet, although only a short portion of the main runway is used for the 5K race.

The 2014 race will go down Sunday, April 6 at 9am and registration is open.

Running on a runway only costs $25 to register ahead ($20 for students), or $30 on race day and with that you also get entered in a special drawing for roundtrip airline tickets. The only potential problem? Getting your butt to JFK early on a Sunday morning, when public transportation is usually at its screwiest (but we had no problem last year, walking from the AirTrain).

Nowhere near New York? Other airports also host their own versions of this race, throughout the year. View our list of seven other runway runs.

[Photo: Jaunted]

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