Runners get opportunity to race on Pittsburgh airport runway
This is not your typical runway event.
There won’t be fashion models showing off the latest fall trends on the catwalk.
But there will be people in sneakers, shorts and T-shirts jogging along a Pittsburgh International Airport runway.
Race day is Saturday for the aviation-themed race. The FlyBy 5K is at 10 a.m. (cost is $40) followed by the 2-Mile Fun Run/Walk at 10:10 a.m. (cost is $20). Children 4 and under are free.
Both events are presented by CNX Resources, a Canonsburg-based natural gas company.
The fourth annual race is run by P3R, an organization that produces races, including the annual Dick’s Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon as well as other running events and health and fitness programs, in partnership with the Allegheny County Airport Authority.
LAST CHANCE TO REGISTER & WIN! Race the runway at the FlyBy 5K and 2 Mile Fun Run/Walk presented by @CNXtweets this Saturday 9/21! If you register before REGISTRATION CLOSES TOMORROW at 11:59PM, you'll be entered to win a $50 @FleetFeetPitt gift card! https://t.co/nbSD09LzAm pic.twitter.com/NgM26io33H
— RUNwithP3R (@RUNwithP3R) September 16, 2019
The course will be lined with more aircraft and equipment than ever before, including the KC-135 Stratotanker, Boeing C-17 Globemaster III, Pittsburgh Aviation Animal Rescue Team, MedEvac Helicopter and PIT’s Operations Team Snow-Mobile Equipment, according to a news release.
More than 1,500 participants are expected, airport officials said.
“This is a wonderful opportunity for families to have fun on the airfield as part of a unique event made possible with the help of all our partners, “ Allegheny County Airport Authority CEO Christina Cassotis said.
The race provides runners a new way to look at the airport, said Troy Schooley, P3R CEO in the release.
“This event keeps growing and has become a must-do event for families who enjoy being active together,” he said.
Will you be racing the runway at Pittsburgh International next weekend? Our fourth annual FlyBy 5K and 2-Mile Fun Run is set for next Saturday, Sept. 21 and there's still time to register. https://t.co/o9s6NC16Kr
— Pittsburgh International Airport (@PITairport) September 14, 2019
Racers will receive a technical men’s or women’s finisher’s shirt and medal along with as enjoy post-race food and entertainment.
The race benefits Allegheny County Airport Authority Charitable Foundation, a nonprofit organization established to assist members of the military, families and others traveling through the airport.
JoAnne Klimovich Harrop is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact JoAnne at 412-320-7889, [email protected] or via Twitter .