CASCADE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — The Gerald R. Ford International Airport will host its annual 5K on the runway Sept. 9.
According to a news release from the airport authority, proceeds from the GRR Runway 5K will support the West Michigan Veterans Coalition, a nonprofit that supports current members of the military, veterans and their families.
The 5K race will commence at 9 a.m. It will begin north of the economy parking lot, go onto taxiway Juliet and the general aviation runway (runway 8L/26R) and end back at the parking lot, according to the news release.
“This race provides a unique experience for participants to walk or run on a course that is typically reserved for aircraft only,” Tory Richardson, president and CEO of the Gerald R. Ford International Airport Authority, said in a statement.
There will also be a 1-mile fun run, which will start at 9:05 a.m.
Packet pickup is available starting at 7 a.m. on the day of the race. Early pickup is also an option: It runs from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sept. 8 at The Runnery in Comstock Park.
An award ceremony at 10:15 a.m. will honor the top three men, top three women and top three people in each age group, the release said.
Registration starts at $44 for the 5K and $30 for the fun run. Participants get a T-shirt, drinks and snacks, medals for finishing, photos and potentially awards for winning, according to the airport authority.