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May 28th 2024 | Written By Press Release | Share

Ford International Airport to Host Runway 5K Saturday, June 1st

Ford International Airport to Host Runway 5K Saturday, June 1st

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., May 28, 2024 – The Gerald R. Ford International Airport Authority is pleased to invite participants to join the annual GRR Runway 5K and one-mile fun run on Saturday, June 1st.

Registration is open for this unique race, providing walkers and runners with a rare opportunity to compete on an actual airport runway. The race will commence north of the economy parking lot, onto taxiway Juliet, and runway 8L/26R—the Airport’s general aviation runway—before concluding back at the parking lot.

Race-day registration and packet pickup will begin at 7 a.m., with the 5K race starting at 9 a.m. The one-mile fun run will begin at 9:05 a.m. Awards for the top three overall males, females and individual age groups will be presented at 10:15 a.m.

Early packet pickup will take place from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday, May 31 at The Runnery located at 5361 Alpine Ave. NW in Comstock Park.

The charity partner for this year’s event is Special Olympics Michigan. This nonprofit is dedicated to creating a world of inclusion and community, where everyone is accepted and welcomed, regardless of ability or disability.

Through year-round sports competitions and programs for kids and adults with intellectual disabilities, Special Olympics Michigan provides access to free inclusive health services and equips schools with anti-bullying resources. With programs always free of cost to thousands of residents across Michigan, the organization relies on community support to achieve its mission.

“We look forward to welcoming participants to our runway for this family-friendly event,” said Tory Richardson, president and CEO of the Ford International Airport Authority. “This race provides a unique experience to run or walk on a course that is typically reserved for aircraft only.

“We are delighted to support this year’s charity partner, Special Olympics Michigan, as they continue to provide programming and resources for thousands of individuals in the community.”

Registration for the 5K begins at $44, and $30 for the one-mile fun run. Participants will receive a T-shirt, finisher medals for those who complete the 5K or fun run, post-race snacks and beverages, awards for top finishers and free finisher’s photos.

“As an organization that seeks to encourage inclusion and joy through sport for athletes of all abilities, this partnership with the GRR Runway 5k is one that we are so proud of and incredibly grateful for,” said Kristie Kigar, stewardship and engagement coordinator of Special Olympics Michigan. “Since all of our programs are provided at zero cost to our nearly 22,000 athletes and their families, the support provided through this event will allow the power of connection and community to continue to thrive throughout West Michigan and beyond!”

Ford International Airport’s two commercial aviation runways will be operational during the race.

The GRR Runway 5K focuses on partnering with local nonprofits that support residents of the greater West Michigan community. In 2023, the event raised $13,000 for charity. Event sponsors play an essential role in raising funds for the charity partner, helping to make a positive impact in the community. This year’s race was made possible by presenting sponsor The Christman Company, along with Avflight Grand Rapids Corporation, Blue Triton Brands, DK Security, DLZ, Experience Grand Rapids, FastSigns, Hudson Group, Northern Jet, Nothing Bundt Cakes, Pioneer Construction, and Signature Aviation.

The race is organized by Trivium Racing and the Ford International Airport Authority.

About the Gerald R. Ford International Airport

The Gerald R. Ford International Airport is the second busiest airport in Michigan, serving business and leisure travelers with nonstop and connecting flights on six airlines. The Ford International Airport is managed and operated by the Gerald R. Ford International Airport Authority. For more information, visit www.flyford.org or follow the airport on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram @FlyGRFord.

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