5K Friday

5K Friday: 5Ks On Runways/Airports

In order to give more information on races of many distances, I am going to start having different races on different days of the week. Friday will be 5K Friday. I will certainly cover 5Ks on other days of the week as well, but you can always count on finding out some information about 5Ks on Friday. 

5K Friday: 5Ks on Runways/Airports

For this Friday, I thought it would be fun to look at some of the 5Ks on runways or airports. There are quite a few around the country and, having done a few myself, they are really fun events. It is cool to be trying to run fast down the same surface that the airplanes take-off and land on! It is also surprising that some of the runways are not as flat as you might think! The other interesting part is when the 5Ks take place in the summer – having worked a few airshows on the ground crews, I can tell you that runways and tarmacs are very hot places in the summer months!

Airport 5K

runway 5ks

This is actually my hometown runway 5K. This takes place in Rochester, NY and the whole race takes place on the runway. They also have children’s races as well. My little girl did this as her first race and the look on her face as she ran across the finish line was too sweet!

  • Date: June 21, 2014
  • Time: 9:00AM
  • City: Rochester, NY
  • Cost: $20
  • Website

Teterboro Airport 5K

  • Date: July 19, 2014
  • Time: 8:30AM
  • City: Teterboro, NJ
  • Cost: $23
  • Website

Manassas Runway 10K/5K

This race offers both a 10K and a 5K which is pretty cool! This race took place just last weekend so I do not have a date for 2015. My guess is it would be around the same time.

  • Runway 5KsDate: April 27, 2014
  • Time: 7:30AM
  • City: Manassas, VA
  • Cost: $35 for the 10K / $20 for the 5K
  • Website

Tampa International Airport 5K

This race also was just recently run. It was the second running of it and I would imagine there would be a third around the same timeframe. This is a big airport and should be a fantastic race!

  • runway 5ksDate: April 26, 2014
  • Time: N/A
  • City: Tampa, FL
  • Cost: N/A
  • Website

Runway Run 5K

  • Date: November 22, 2014
  • Time: 10:00AM
  • City: Columbus, SC
  • Cost: $25
  • Website

Gulfstream “Run the Runway” 5K

This race is only open to Gulfstream employees but I had to include it anyway as I love the Gulfstream planes! Hopefully, if any of you are Gulfstream employees, you will take advantage of this exclusive race! It has already passed for this year but should be around next year.

  • Date: April 5, 2014
  • Time: 8:00AM
  • City: Savannah, GA
  • Cost:
  • Website

EAA Runway 5K

This 5K takes place in the hometown of the experimental aircraft enthusiasts – Oshkosh, WI. The 5K takes place during their annual festivities so it should be a great way to satisfy your aircraft watching with a little running!

Runway 5K

  • Date: August 2, 2014
  • Time: 7:00AM
  • City: Oshkosh, WI
  • Cost: $35 for adults (unless you are attending the AirVenture – $25)
  • Website

JFK Runway Run

To be able to run on one of the runways at JFK airport would be a huge thrill! This race has already passed for this year, but be sure to check back to see what the date will be for 2015!

  • Date: April 6, 2014
  • Time: 9:00AM
  • City: New York, NY
  • Cost: N/A
  • Website


One of my fellow bloggers here at BoardingArea ran this race in 2012 and has a nice write-up on it here. Not a lot of information about this year’s race other than the date, so I will update it more when I get more information.

  • Date: October 5, 2014
  • Time: N/A
  • City: New York, NY
  • Cost: N/A
  • Website

O’Hare 5K/10K on the Runway

Here is another dual distance race that takes place at a very large airport. Should be able to see a lot of planes and airlines – just do not look up the whole time! 🙂

  • Date: September 29, 2014
  • Time: 8:00AM (10K) and 8:15AM (5K)
  • City: Chicago, IL
  • Cost: $23 (5K) $33 (10K)
  • Website

So, there is a list of some of the runway 5Ks that take place around the country. Do you have a favorite that is not on this list? What is one that you would love to do? Chime in below!

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Charlie has been an avid traveler and runner for many years. He has run in marathons around the world for less than it would cost to travel to the next town - all as a result of collecting and using miles and points. Over the years, he has flown hundreds of thousands of miles and collected millions of miles and points.
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