Saturday, October 5 saw 1,200 members of the public take part in a 5km (3.1 miles) run on one of the runways at Gerald R Ford International Airport, Grand Rapids, Michigan.
The third annual GRR Runway 5K began near the southwest side of the airport’s general aviation runway, looping past a handful of hangars and aircraft static displays, and wrapping around on Runway 8L/26R – the general aviation runway. Spectrum Health helicopter AeroMed also provided an aerial flyover for participants and spectators to enjoy.
“For the competitive runners it was a nice, smooth course against a different kind of background, and for walkers and families this was an opportunity for those who wanted to experience an enjoyable event on one of our runways that is normally only used for aircraft,” said airport president and CEO Tory Richardson.
“It was a beautiful day for a race, and we were happy to host. It not only gave us a chance to show off our facility but also to support a wonderful charity at the same time.”
The airport, in partnership with Trivium Racing, chose to donate the proceeds of the race to The Family Hope Foundation. The non-profit provides resources, activities, support and funding to families of children with special needs in West Michigan.