Running for a cause: Recap of the John Glenn International Runway 5K Run & Walk

Picture it: a crisp September morning, the north runway of John Glenn Columbus International Airport (CMH), and over a thousand enthusiastic participants coming together for a common cause. That's the magic of the CMH Runway 5K Run & Walk, an event that's not just about fun but also about community.

It was made possible by the CRAA Community Fund, a 501(c)3 organization powered by CRAA (Columbus Regional Airport Authority) employees who volunteered their time and effort. The 13-person committee started planning immediately after last year's event.

A racer prepares to cross the finish line of the CMH Runway 5K on Sat., September 16. 

There were 1,347 runners and walkers registered for the event, representing all ages and backgrounds. A significant part of the event's success can be attributed to the nearly 30 sponsors. Their in-kind and monetary contributions played a key role in bringing it all together.

DJ Franky Frank, Abigal Le Roy, Jonathan Allen, and Chris Pollock, senior manager of airport operations, pose together with the race awards.

Awards in the shape of runway lights (provided by ADB Safegate) were presented to the first place male and female finishers. Jonathan Allen blazed across the finish line, securing first place in just 15 minutes and 1 second. Our first place female finisher, Abigail Le Roy completed her race in 21 minutes and 25 seconds.

$75,000 was presented to Honor Flight Columbus during the opening ceremony on Sat., September 16. 

But beyond the competitive spirit, what made this event truly special was its purpose. The 5K raised over $75,000 for Honor Flight Columbus, an organization dedicated to honoring veterans by providing them with the opportunity to visit their respective war memorials in Washington, D.C. The funds raised will go a long way in making these trips possible for our deserving veterans, allowing them to pay tribute to their comrades and the sacrifices made in service to our country.

Here's to more races, and more opportunities to give back to our community.

About the event:

The John Glenn International Runway 5K Run & Walk is a unique experience for racers to run and walk on an airport runway. The flat, expansive surface provides an unforgettable course.