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It's that time of the year again, when airports welcome people, in place of planes, to run on their runways while the weather is sunny and the skies are blue. While other airports are still ironing out the particulars, Chicago's double whammy of runway runs is already asking you to "save the date."
It's only the second year for a run at Chicago's second airport, Midway. The Midway Fly Away 5K will be sponsored by Southwest and will benefit Chicago Childrens Charities and the Special Olympics. The run on what MDW calls "the world's busiest square mile" will happen September 21, and other runways will most definitely still be active.
Across the city, Chicago's own United Airlines will once again host the O'Hare Run on the Runway, with proceeds going to the Wounded Warrior Project. You've got more time to train for this race, as the 5K doesn't hit the calendar until October 5. Fingers crossed United rolls an aircraft out to the finish line for photo ops, as they've done in past years. Expect over 3,500 fellow runners of all ages and abilities (and walkers are welcome), so be ready when registration opens soonish.
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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 on one of Chicago-O'Hare's runways, and that's by registering for the 5K/10K On The Runway.
Okay, so its not so much a stroll as it is a full-fledged race, but the highlight is without a doubt the ability to run down an actual runway and, when you've finished and caught your breath, visit a United plane for a photo op. United is one of the sponsors of the event alongside the Chicago Department of Aviation and WLS Radio, and they've brought a 747 for the photo op in the past. Fingers crossed the 787 makes an appearance this year, but it's best just to focus on finishing the race for now.
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We don't know about you, but the idea of running on an actual runwaywhile aircraft go about their usual flying businesssounds 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
Official site & entry form
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Let's race! Running shoes? Check. Healthy breakfast? Check. Warm-up stretches? Check. A runway course at New York's busiest international airport? CHECK.
This past Sunday, April 14, nearly 1,000 runners and aviation enthusiasts resisted hitting the "Snooze" button and got their butts to JFK Airport for the 41st Annual JFK Runway Run. The 5K course actually closes a major runway to air traffic, while the rerouted aircraft continue landing and taking off like normal on other runways. No earplugs needed, but most runners had a camera in hand.
Registration was $25 in advance and $30 onsite. We were lazy and showed up at 7am for the 9am race to ensure we secured a last-minute spot. Come to find out that our worry was all for naught; anyone who showed up and paid was welcome to race.
The 963 participants were runners and walkers of all ages and ability levels, and even those in wheelchairs were welcome to have a pusher. We watched as one little girl, who couldn't have been older than 8, spent her time walking the runway and taking iPhone photos of planes. Very cute. Meanwhile, the serious runners were probably well into their lunches; the fastest times were just over 20 minutes while the slowest (ours) was 1 hour and 20 minutes. Yes, we proudly finished 963rd on account of all the aircraft distractions.
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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 2013.
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. Here's even more pertinent details to convince you to run:
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There are lots of ways to spend a Saturday in Miami, not all of them good for you. On the wholesome end of the scale, there are things like a trip to the zoo or working up a sweat with a nice, long walk or run. Even better: here's a way to knock both of those tasks off your to-do list and earn major feel-good vibes to boot.
This Saturday, the Miami chapter of charitable organization Hand in Hand for Haiti holds its annual 5K Walk/Run at Zoo Miami. If you live in the area or are in town for a visit, it's the best way to start off your weekend. (No one gets out of bed before noon on South Beach anyway.)
It all begins at 8 am and, if you register in advance, you score admission to Zoo Miami immediately after the Walk/Run. The fee is $25, but if you wait until the day of the event it jumps to $30.
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Every time we hear about an airport Runway Run we’re motivated to lace up our sneakers and register for the race, and now it looks like we’re ready to potentially sprain an ankle once again. The huffing and puffing will happen to the finish line over in Chicago, as O’Hare is getting ready to open up for a 5K and a Community Day.
This year’s O'Hare 5K on the Runway and Community Day is set to start its day at 8am on October 20, and the fun will run—literally—until around 1pm. After that they’re shutting things down, as obviously there’s a need to use the airport for more pressing issues. United Airlines and the Chicago Department of Aviation are teaming up to organize things, and—warm and fuzzies warning—all proceeds will go to the Wounded Warrior Project.
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If you haven’t been stretching and training in preparation for the run over in New York, that’s okay. There’s still time to put in a little work before another runway run.
The Runway Run 5K will hit the tarmac at Columbia Metropolitan Airport November 17 as runners and walkers do their thing right on the grounds of the airport. You’ll start right outside some of the airplane hangers and then you’ll pretty much taxi yourself right onto the runway before turning around at the end and heading back down.
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Yeah, it's an old photo, as the NWA jet gives away
It may be September 11 and you've likely read your share of negative and depressing news articles by this late in the day, but we have something a little more up beat to share, in a way that still allows you to contribute and display your allegiance at the same time: The LaGuardia Airport Runway Run.
You see, on Sunday, October 14, New York's LGA Airport will gather a slew of runners (and joggers, and walkers) at Hangar 7, for a 5k run down an actual runway. That's the fun part. The charitable part comes in when you register and pay the entrance fee for the race ($20 before Sept 21, $25 after Sept 21, $30 on-site day of), as all proceeds go to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project.