Grand Rapids, Michigan, August 25, 2022 – The Gerald R. Ford International Airport welcomes runners and walkers to participate in the annual Runway 5K and one-mile fun run Saturday, Sept. 24.
Registration has already begun for this unique race, which gives walkers and runners the rare opportunity to compete on an actual airport runway. The course will begin north of the economy parking lot, looping onto taxiway Juliet and runway 8L/26R, the Airport’s general aviation runway, before ending back at the parking lot.
Race-day registration and packet pickup begins 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 and registration will take place 4-7 p.m. Sept. 23 at The Runnery, located at 5361 Alpine Ave. NW in Comstock Park.
This year’s charity partner is Kids’ Food Basket. This West Michigan nonprofit exists to increase access to healthy food for children and families through its Sack Supper program, community-driven farming, family food provision and educational programming.
“We are delighted to host this community-favorite event,” said Tory Richardson, president and CEO of the Gerald R. Ford International Airport Authority. “This race gives runners and walkers a unique experience, as the course is typically reserved for aircraft only.
“As an organization that values connections, this is a wonderful opportunity for our community to come together to support Kids’ Food Basket, which fills a critical need for children across West Michigan.”
Registration for the 5K begins at $44 and $30 for the one-mile fun run. Registration includes 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.
“We are so grateful to the Gerald R. Ford International Airport for hosting the Runway 5K,” said Bridget Clark Whitney, president and founding CEO of Kids’ Food Basket. “What an incredible way to gather our community together to nourish our neighbors. Your support helps to break down barriers to food equity for children and families in West Michigan.
“This school year, we are serving approximately 9,600 evening meals, or Sack Suppers, daily to children in 60 schools across four counties. Thank you for being community champions of this critical work.”
The Ford International Airport’s two commercial aviation runways will still be operational during the race.
The Runway 5K focuses on partnering with local nonprofits that support residents of the greater West Michigan community. In 2021, the event raised nearly $11,000 for charity. This year’s presenting sponsor is The Christman Company. The official nutrition sponsor is Meijer. Gold sponsors include Experience Grand Rapids, Northern Jet Management, Pioneer Construction and Ward Aviation. Silver sponsors include Ice Mountain and Macatawa Bank. Bronze sponsors include FastSigns and The Professional Group.
The race is organized by Trivium Racing and the Ford International Airport Authority.
Learn more at GRR Runway 5K.
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.